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by Weedo
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: A nation of hoarders
Replies: 16
Views: 1505

Re: A nation of hoarders

Really Ina? Which book immediately pops into mind if you ask yourself which one would I keep? I also have shelf upon shelf of books; I am one of those people that actually wears (good) books out and has to replace them. My immediate choice was a very early edition of Dickens "A Christmas Carol". Any...
by Weedo
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 3389

Re: Random wine

Ina - I don't think I could find a bottle of spirits of spirits in Oz for $25. 50p? ouch - ours is 21 cents Au (12p?) but, most of our spirits are imported so there are other fees and taxes associated with the import. - the only local ones are from small "boutique" distilleries and cost a fortune. H...
by Weedo
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: A nation of hoarders
Replies: 16
Views: 1505

Re: A nation of hoarders

Is it something to do with how we grew up? I know I will throw out anything without an obvious use whereas someone else in the house has a weird attitude to disposal of "stuff" Someone else will quite happily dispose of an antique oak dining table that has been in the family for 3 generations yet ar...
by Weedo
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 3389

Re: Random wine

Our leaders index the excise (tax) on alcohol every six months based on inflation; not a huge rise every timemore like a slow, insidious creep. Excise is based on the volume of alcohol (proof) in the product; Beer receives a lesser tax per quaff than spirits - Wine has been treated differently to en...
by Weedo
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm self sufficient in....
Replies: 16
Views: 645

Re: I'm self sufficient in....

I'm not sure GA - at first glance I would have said Californian or Perennial thistle but if you had this then you would certainly know it - it reproduces by seed and perrenial roots (or pieces spread in cultivation) - difficult to get rid of once established. From what I can see of the plant form & ...
by Weedo
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm self sufficient in....
Replies: 16
Views: 645

Re: I'm self sufficient in....

Maybe a thistle pic or two for I.D.? Perhaps somewhere within my bag of tricks I may be able to help?
by Weedo
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm self sufficient in....
Replies: 16
Views: 645

Re: I'm self sufficient in....

I'm a little confused (easily done) with your thistle timings. I would expect an Autumn germination for spear (black / Scotch) variegated (princess / spotted) saffron, Scotch (heraldic / silver) and Illarrian thistles and then Spring germination for a few others ? This means the here (winter) I am d...
by Weedo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Self sufficient skills List

The European hare is now officially declared inedible and an eradication target on Beavers Island! The only dissenting opinion was from the cattle dogs.
by Weedo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1208

Re: What are you harvesting now?

nuttin! I am between crops just now, everything too early or to too late. A few spring onions and perrenial herbs available but we are in the middle of early winter planting season.
by Weedo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 43
Views: 8403

Re: No plastic

Go for it Flo - I gave up tea bags quite a while ago. Take a look at Zero Japan; they make great solid ceramic teapots in all sizes. I have been using mine for about 5 years now - BUT not cheap
by Weedo
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Plastic Free July
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: Plastic Free July

Flo I am not a fan of teabags mainly because of the tea in them, eg "Russian caravan" in a tea bag is NOT Russian caravan; I drink a variety of different teas depending on the mood etc. I found a small (350ml - a neat mug size) ceramic teapot to replace teabags. It has a deep removable stainless str...
by Weedo
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Plastic Free July
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: Plastic Free July

Not easy at all. Bought a new vacuum cleaner (mostly plastic) a few days ago, it came in a cardboard box that was shrink wrapped in plastic, the item protected by formed cardboard inside (rather than the usual polystyrene) but the cleaner was again wrapped in plastic. Why were two additional plastic...
by Weedo
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Self sufficient skills List

Thanks GA. I does look time consuming but could be worked in a slow cooker OK; I often have things marinating overnight or for a couple of days. My only problem with trying the recipe is the potential waste of a couple of bottles of red wine! Flo, I also grew up on the wild harvest for protein (apar...
by Weedo
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 13
Views: 2356

Re: Self sufficient skills List

I have a current need to "harvest" protein in the form of hares to protect my revegetation project sites - the hares have wiped out about 1,000 seedling trees over the last year. The ongoing drought has pushed a lot of animals of all sorts out of the plains areas and into the riverine areas looking ...
by Weedo
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Summer's coming
Replies: 41
Views: 4996

Re: Summer's coming

First heavy freezing frost yesterday, up has high as the top of the lemon trees - water troughs etc. frozen over, icicles hanging from taps and Turbo buried into a hole in the ground. Time to shift a few plants, break up the rhubarb etc.