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by Weedo
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 1273

Re: Our new world diet?

Its not just being trendy that increases the price its the scale of production - economies of scale. The big guys can negotiate input material and equipment prices almost half of what I have to pay. Added to that, the processing volume they produce makes it cheaper per unit (eg. Kg of beef). If I wa...
by Weedo
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Pet gripes
Replies: 19
Views: 2696

Re: Pet gripes

Flo
I offered them to my mechanic who swapped them for two fuel filters for Mrs W's ute.
by Weedo
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Pet gripes
Replies: 19
Views: 2696

Re: Pet gripes

Houses as landfill! Just down the road is (was) a row of 10 1950's 2 bedroom cottages; timber framed, corrugated iron roof, brick chimney and fibro cement clad. The cladding contained asbestos which was duly removed and packaged by specialists and the cottages industrially vacuumed to remove any pos...
by Weedo
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 1273

Re: Our new world diet?

Here's a quirk on organic produce here. (just putting it out there) There is still quite a lot of "undeveloped" land in the far west of NSW (and other parts of Oz) - mostly rangelands woodland that has never had a drop of pesticide or gram of artificial fertiliser put on it; its use has historically...
by Weedo
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2135

Re: Tidying up with ...

I agree Ina - people in minimalist houses live at them, not in them. However I do agree with de-cluttering and providing good and sensible storage for all those things not in current use. We are now also offering our children a free service in simplifying their lives (syn - ultimatum) If its yours a...
by Weedo
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2135

Re: Tidying up with ...

I recently read yet another article on "minimising"; mainly to do with living (sic) in micro-houses. Amongst many things were advice to get rid of your books, vinyl, cd's, personal photos and paintings and replace them with Ebooks, digital recordings, scanned images and a widescreen TV showing "mood...
by Weedo
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Mattresses
Replies: 22
Views: 5223

Re: Mattresses

No problem with using "second hand" sleeping bags here. For years working in emergency services response (Bushfire, flood, etc.) we had teams of 5 people and camp trailers set up ready to go 24/7 365 days a year - when called out the team would grab the first camp trailer available and go. Sleeping ...
by Weedo
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2135

Re: Tidying up with ...

tidy up the house by all means but keep out of my kitchen cupboards, shed and study; I know precisely what's in there and where everything is!
by Weedo
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Christmas Tomatoes
Replies: 7
Views: 2091

Re: Christmas Tomatoes

The drought and heat have really upset my toms - they have heaps of sweet and tasty fruit but only about 2 - 3 cm round. The Tiny Tom variety are just comical, they look like undersized red currants. I picked about 1.5 kg yesterday and froze them whole for sauce later.
by Weedo
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Mattresses
Replies: 22
Views: 5223

Re: Mattresses

We just bought a new mattress (we needed another double bed for guests -kids et al grow up and become couples) and the recommendations are that 1/ the mattress is never turned over but needs to be swapped end for end periodically and 2/ replace within 10 years. If I recall correctly, in our 40 years...
by Weedo
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 1273

Re: Our new world diet?

Regardless of which point of view you take the bottom line is that growth, by its very nature, is unsustainable. Arguing that changing to a plant based diet, or culturing edible algae in tanks etc. is going to solve the world food problem is, at best, specious.
by Weedo
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 1273

Re: Our new world diet?

I have read heaps of this stuff over the years, each one seems to contradict the other, none address the massive population move into cities rather than rural areas and the subsequent labour drain, none address the economic / political issues (corporatisation etc) associated with food production and...
by Weedo
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Interesting situation in NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 867

Re: Interesting situation in NYC

I don't know how you intend to ship furniture from NYC to London but I presume in containers. In Oz it is very common for people relocating to buy / lease a shipping container for transport and storage (most larger removalists also offer this service) A new 20 foot container (33 cubic metres) will c...
by Weedo
Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 4111

Re: What are you growing right now?

don't think I could handle your snow and ice; at least not consistently. Probably easier to keep warm than to keep cool though. 43c on the verandah yesterday and forecast to reach 45c + in the next two days. Strangely most of the herbs (growing in full sun) are loving the heat - except the parlseys ...
by Weedo
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Unseasonal weather
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Unseasonal weather

I don't know what is happening to our weather here but is seems there is no such thing as "normal" anymore. We bought this place 10 years ago on the back of a 10 year drought - since then we have had three years with good production, 4 floods (one completely covered the property) and are now enterin...