• Living with Chickens,  Socio-Political

    The Battery Hen

    Most of us love to eat eggs, but do we think much about the life of the battery hen? In years past I knew how hens were treated when caged but I did not think much about it. Chickens are called battery hens due to the way they are caged in rows and columns. Their world is about the size of an A4 piece of paper. It does not sound like much of a life and it isn’t. My “egg epiphany” came during the period I was contemplating having backyard chickens. Once you know about the characteristics of chickens and their behavioural needs could you continue to buy caged eggs?…

  • Life Day By Day

    What! Ethical Knitting

    Several months ago I joined a local knitting group and today I am asking myself ‘am I and is it ethical’? The knitting group is called “Busy Needles”. We knit for people in hospitals, aged care, and premature babies. I first learned to knit when I was in primary school. Later I knitted a few items in my 20’s. Since then I only attempted a ‘Weekend Knit’. It was meant to be finished in a few days. Yet for me 12 years past and it was still unfinished. I then gave it to someone who was more motivated to finish it. So what has changed? I have retired and renewed…