• Live Simply to Simply Live,  Self-Sufficiency

    What about planting a lemon tree?

    Do you have a lemon tree growing in your backyard or front yard? I often wonder why people don’t plant a lemon tree in the garden. We bought our home just over three years ago and there was not a citrus tree in sight! The couple who built the house lived in it for around 20 years, but they never planted a lemon tree. At our previous house we planted citrus trees including a lemon tree. The family who bought the house are now enjoying picking lemons, just because we planted a lemon tree.   I like walking into the backyard and taking a couple of lemons off our tree…

  • Life Day By Day,  Self-Sufficiency

    Do it yourself (DIY) Projects

    There are so many Do It Yourself (DIY) projects we can do around the home. This time of the year, heading for winter (in Australia), many of us are looking at our garden and planning a few DIY projects. My One&Only (O&O) however is doing more than looking and planning he has begun the autumn/winter pruning. We also reinvigorated a corner of our lawn and bought in some palmetto buffalo grass that does well in the shade. I even helped with shovelling the soil! Maybe you are like others I know and are now working out where to place that outdoor fire pit – a cosy way to enjoy the…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Self-Sufficiency

    Possum or Quail for dinner?

    When you are planning your weekly meals do you have possum or quail for dinner? Those of you who are my “vintage” – a good age, like a good wine, will remember the TV Show The Beverley Hillbillies. Grandma Clampett’s favourite recipe was possum stew. At the time I could not imagine enjoying possum stew or pie for dinner! But times change and possums are on the menu, just like kangaroo and wallaby. Can you be a native animal lover and still eat wildlife? Can you enjoy a roast chicken dinner and yet still raise hens for eggs? What are the ethics of eating animals? Christine Korsgaard, the Arthur Kingsley Porter…

  • My Garden,  Self-Sufficiency

    Seed to Feed

    Last weekend my “One & Only” (O&O) and I went to a “Seed to Feed” Workshop. The workshop is part of the Toowoomba Regional Council Healthy Living, Change Project. The aim, through a series of free and low-cost activities, is to get people active and healthy. The “Seed to Feed” workshops have been very popular. We were on a waiting list and only attended due to a cancellation. We have been gardening for decades. My O&O is a great gardener. He has the happy knack of getting things to grow. Therefore, why would we go to a workshop that was mostly about plant propagation for the home garden. We went…

  • My Garden,  Self-Sufficiency

    Rotten Tomatoes

    Have you seen any rotten tomatoes lately? Really, nobody wants to see or smell rotten tomatoes. I only want the fresh, plump and juicy variety on my kitchen bench. A few weeks ago, there was an overabundance of tomatoes in the supermarket. I was buying these for $3kg. Yesterday, they were $7.90kg. In between, what happened? Were there that many tomatoes that they perished on the vine, while the next crop was still ripening? Whatever the price, tomatoes are regularly in our daily diet. As we consume so many tomatoes I will be pleased when we are growing our own. This will happen once the vegetable garden patch is sorted. Our…

  • Live Simply to Simply Live,  Self-Sufficiency

    Frugal Frieda does the washing

    Washing tips from Frugal Frieda could make all the difference to your washing day! As regular reader’s of my blog will know it was my aim this year to write a “Frugal Frieda” post every month. This month it is about Frieda doing the washing. Why Frugal Frieda? Because Frieda is sensible with her money and likes to live simply. In an earlier “Frugal Frieda” post I did talk about her possibly being my alter ego and whether she is or she isn’t I will leave completely up to the reader to decide. Frugal Frieda is always busy doing the washing. A friend many years ago said about Frieda “you…

  • Health Matters,  My Garden,  Self-Sufficiency

    It’s a lemon

    It’s a lemon is a common saying when something you buy is defective, particularly when buying a second-hand car. However, what I am writing about is not a lemon in that context but how magnificent the lemon tree is, the one that produces lemons. In our previous garden we had an amazing lemon tree. It was a Meyer Lemon and it was a prolific producer of lemon. It did not get too much attention or fertilising but season after season it produced great fruit. Lemon trees like the sunshine and not too much wind but our Meyer Lemon we planted in Maleny managed wind and rain with no trouble at…

  • Living with Chickens,  Self-Sufficiency

    Chicken Talk

    There is a lot of chicken talk going on at our place. Chicken talk is when we talk to the chickens and also when they talk to us. Yes, it is a two way situation. You have to listen carefully to what they are saying. After a while you come to understand, happy and not so happy talk. The not so happy talk happens when they hear my voice or even the roller door as I return from a trip to the supermarket and they do not get any attention. I became more aware of chicken talk this week when I bought hay for the chickens i.e. their Palace (aka…

  • Live Simply to Simply Live,  Self-Sufficiency,  Socio-Political

    Supporting local farmers

    There is no time like the present to be supporting our local farmers.  There are a couple of reasons for this. One is we need to keep farmers buoyant; secondly, we have high food standards in Australia that keeps the produce we consume safe; thirdly, we reduce the food kilometres and then consume fresher food. We also need to extend our agricultural land so that in Australia we maintain a strong food supply. Supporting our local farmers was highlighted recently by the frozen berry products recall. These imported berries were contaminated resulting in a number of people contracting Hepatitis A, a viral disease that affects the liver.  Another example of…

  • Health Matters,  Live Simply to Simply Live,  Self-Sufficiency

    Slow Food – Time to STOP / START

    Slow food is about knowing where your food comes from, knowing what you are eating, maintaining food traditions, eating food that is in season, supporting the local food industry, growing your own, cooking your own meals and keeping away from fast food. It does not mean eating your food more slowly though if you do it can help your digestive system. Last night we had a beef curry cooked in the slow food cooker. Tomatoes and sweet potato were the main vegetables. It simmered away on low for seven hours and by the time I served it up the meat was tender and the flavour had imbued the meat. Did…