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Self-Sufficiency

Possum or Quail for dinner?

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. […]

Seed to Feed

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 […]

Rotten Tomatoes

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 […]

Frugal Frieda does the washing

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. […]

It’s a lemon

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 […]

Chicken Talk

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. […]

Supporting local farmers

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, […]

Slow Food – Time to STOP / START

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 […]

Finding Joy in the Ordinary

Finding Joy in the Ordinary

How do we find joy in the ordinary? What is ordinary anyway? Regardless of who we are, what our role in life is, what titles we have, there are times of the day when we all have to do something that is ordinary. It could […]

I’m Ready for The Block!

I’m Ready for The Block!

Yes, I am ready to be a contestant on The Block. I am undertaking my apprenticeship to get me prepared.  While it is true I am not a regular viewer of The Block, sorry Scott, Shelley, Jamie and crew, I know people who are addicts […]