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by Weedo
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Water, water everywhere...
Replies: 17
Views: 2303

Re: Water, water everywhere...

The joys of living on the edge of the semi-arid zone - 30% is our 3 pm summer average - winter is around 60% - our lowest 3pm this January was 7 %. it makes growing soft leafy veg difficult and kicks our water use way up. Clothes do dry quickly, we often dry some inside to avoid the hot sun.
by Weedo
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Water, water everywhere...
Replies: 17
Views: 2303

Re: Water, water everywhere...

Rain and cooler now thankfully - only 11mm for January but daytime temps down to low 30's c; we maxed out at 47c earlier this month. Humidity is creeping up to 20 -30 % so the evaporation rate is dropping accordingly. The drought is not over but at least the weather is bearable.
by Weedo
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path
Replies: 15
Views: 414

Re: Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path

Same in OZ although it seems to be only in apartments so far - often the base design only allows for a kitchenette; just enough to make a coffee, sandwich etc. ("houses" still have kitchens) Perhaps this is actually more sustainable and eco-friendly? fewer places generating waste (more opportunity f...
by Weedo
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Pet gripes
Replies: 49
Views: 8509

Re: Pet gripes

the "Poor Bugger Me" generation!
by Weedo
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish in 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 4044

Re: Self sufficientish in 2019

Maggie The Fowlers Vacola jars, and process, is the "Australian" way for preserving for over 100 yrs and are still the most commonly used - they must work. The lids are not screwed on. They are sealed with a rubber ring, pressed on by hand when contents are hot and held on with a metal clip - as the...
by Weedo
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish in 2019
Replies: 19
Views: 4044

Re: Self sufficientish in 2019

Preserving jars - Fowlers Vs Kilner Vs anything else. Any opinions?
by Weedo
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Composty questions
Replies: 44
Views: 15565

Re: Composty questions

yes, I found out that bread is a green also
by Weedo
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Composty questions
Replies: 44
Views: 15565

Re: Composty questions

Mrs Weedo has been reading innumerable websites etc. looking for the answer to this - the best answer was a research report that looked at the actual composition (carbon / nitrogen) of a range of materials as to their levels of brown vs green. So the short answer is that the browns are not all brown...
by Weedo
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: The repair shop
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: The repair shop

Mens and Womens sheds are going strong here; naturally I am not old enough to participate yet.
by Weedo
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Breezy
Replies: 10
Views: 671

Re: Breezy

very windy here too but not over 25 km thankfully - something to do with a rare heating of the upper atmosphere over Antarctica displacing lower level air. Unfortunately the wind is dry and with rising temps the last soil moisture has gone. It's a balmy 32c at 1340 today; 40c forecast for tomorrow r...
by Weedo
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Composty questions
Replies: 44
Views: 15565

Re: Composty questions

Any ideas about substitutes for the green when making compost? Green is becoming very very scarce around here and the tiny lawn area still being watered yields little.
by Weedo
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Pet gripes
Replies: 49
Views: 8509

Re: Pet gripes

I don't know about up your way but packaged, pre-prepared vegetables and meats - sliced and diced ready to cook - are becoming more common down here. What's next? Predigested foods to save the time and effort of preparing, cooking and chewing? Enough gripe for today; I think I will just plug lunch i...
by Weedo
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Pet gripes
Replies: 49
Views: 8509

Re: Pet gripes

Carp tool steel! Doesn't anyone make decent tools anymore? In particular thing like spades and axes are now made out of some strange material that is either very soft or very hard and usually weighs twice what they should. What my father used to call "dead steel" is the norm these days; dull, lifele...
by Weedo
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Plastic Free July
Replies: 9
Views: 1708

Re: Plastic Free July

I remember tea arriving in one pound wooden boxes (still have a couple of the boxes somewhere) It was normal for the more "remote" rural residents to order this through the stock agents and either they would bring it out when doing their rounds or it would come via the mail car. Surely someone could...
by Weedo
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from the West Midlands
Replies: 11
Views: 1173

Re: Hello from the West Midlands

Hi Viper, welcome to the forum. As the resident ignoramus on ishish stuff I can assure you there are no silly questions; ask away