Permaculture

Why “The North Glass”?

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Trying to live a sustainable life means, in part, trying to utilise the renewable resources around us – often in place of the fossil fuels to which we have become accustomed. Living in the Southern Hemisphere means the north glass of a house is one of the warmest places in winter and one of the […]

Food

Autumnal winter in the garden

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As I walked around our garden today, I discovered that, despite the fact we are now into winter, there are some beautiful things flowering or just looking beguilingly wintery.   It seems I have a blend of summer, autumn and winter at the moment. A “Bridal Lace” rose still brightens my day, and has been […]

Chooks

Chooks

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For many years I have wanted to own chooks, but for one reason or another I wasn’t able to.  However for the last 3 or so years we have had two pairs of clucky girls.  Our current pair of chooks (Mignon and Chasseur) has been with us for almost 2 years, foraging for insects and […]

Food

Mexican Chicken

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Inspired by my cos lettuce that I got at the food swap, I decided to cook Mexican chicken.  I sliced some onions and chopped some red capsicum, tossing them through with hot olive oil in a small pan.  I diced some chicken, tossing it in a spice and herb mix made up of 1½ tsp […]

Food

Food Swap

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Our local permaculture group has started a food swap which is held twice a month at a cafe within our community. If you haven’t been to one, or heard about how it functions, the way it works is that you take something from your garden that you have grown or something that you have produced […]

Permaculture

Autumn

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I love autumn. It is my favourite season of the year. As summer fades away, I enjoy the temperate days that the beginning of the new season brings, and then as winter draws near towards the end of the season, we light the fire, with wood gathered from friends and kerbsides and trees taken down, […]

Farm

The joys of selling up

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We are currently selling our house.  With the current market in Adelaide, I have very little expectation that this will be a quick process – recent reports suggested that the average time on the market is 91 days, that is, 3 months or 13 weeks.  At least 13 open inspections, at least 13 times I […]

Permaculture

Death, taxes and change

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They say there are only two things in life which are certain: death and taxes – and probably not in that order!  In this millennium, and certainly within this decade, change is, almost unarguably, a certainty too.  Whether we like it or not.  We often react to change a lot better when we feel like […]

Sustainability

Morning Sunshine

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This morning when I arose I was greeted by a beautiful, late autumn morning sun coming through my kitchen window.  After 2 or 3 days of grey, raining, misting Adelaide Hills weather it was such a lovely way to start the day, with the promise of sunshine.  From the north east at this time of […]

Permaculture

The First Post

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This is my first post.  Hopefully it is not the Last Post.  (With all respect to those who honourably gave their lives for our freedom.) I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while, to share my journey into the post-cheap oil world.  Life as we know it is changing, whether we like it or […]