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Monthly Archives: January 2012

free food

      I was admiring the biggest garden bed of pumpkins I've ever seen growing domestically a week or so ago, and my friend Vanessa, amazing gardener, said most of the seeds were saved from last year's pumpkins. I love that.  So when I accidentally paid $8 for an […]

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resolute

    I had two new year resolutions.  They were: 1. Being able to walk through my house without bits of stuff sticking to my feet.  2. No throwing out food, not ever. So far I'm not doing brilliantly on either.  My house really isn't that dirty, but there's a […]

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baking day

After I've hand rolled and cut about a thousand biscuits, which I have today, not only can I hardly type, but I find myself wandering around youtube looking at automated biscuit factory equipment.  I don't actually want a biscuit factory, and I think the moment you go from handmade to […]

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Making vanilla extract

    It would be completely fair to call me puritanical when it comes to vanilla. Vanilla "essence" makes me a little bit angry. It's like maple "flavoured" syrup. Why, I beg you, why? If you're like me and you flinch at the $10 for the bottle of the real […]

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party like a five year old

    Over here we've always maintained that for a fun party you just need people you like, not so many that you can't find them in a crowd, some good food and some table top dancing.            Rainbow theme, can you tell? I was going […]

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hanging out

  Yesterday, in amongst many hours of Bikkie baking for a twilight market tonight, Tilly asked whether she could hang out with me.  I said, yes of course, and continued doing what I was doing. She said: no Mum, I mean just you and me. You always say yes and […]

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simple life

  I live in the country. I grow food, make stuff, strive for self sufficiency and a small ecological footprint. Sounds like a simple life (or some nauseating eco-puritan you probably wouldn't take to the pub.) You know, I like the idea of it. Slow down. Pare away the unnecessaries. […]

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