Frequently I apply the hashtag #frugalandfabulous to my Instagram posts. The reality of our bank balance-income-budget means our lifestyle needs to be economically viable and futureproof… but fabulous at the same time. “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.” ~ Calvin Coolidge Ideas simmered … More Frugal and fabulous
“Chookies” is our collective name for the flock of backyard layer chickens we’ve shared with #thebestneighbourever since April 2017. The existing chook-pen is located in her backyard, her dad bought the first batch of 12 hens, we buy the feed, the G.O. feeds and maintains the chooks and the enclosure, she and I provide kitchen … More Chookies . . .
Despite getting a bit creative with the title it’s evident, notwithstanding the best of intentions, for the moment monthly round-ups are the only posts I’m managing to blog* with the exception of my spur-of-the-moment #covid19 post last week. Even with our focus on Covid-19 life here is busy-ness as usual. Amidst it all I’ve completed … More March past . . .
February sees summer holiday for me ended, and my remaining Tafe NSW Permaculture studies started… I submitted an assignment on water observations which I did some work on during my summer break, following it now with site assessment and creating base map and overlays of my property as it is, in preparation for creating a … More February 2020 round-up
I’ve spent a lovely but hot and humid summer break in our post-bushfire -both local and political- landscape on holiday from my Tafe studies but not from reading, watching, learning, making… being incredibly grateful, and inspired. As I hope to do from time-to-time I’m sharing below a few things I’ve enjoyed and snippets I posted … More January 2020 round-up
“We are not good at recognizing distant threats even if their probability is 100%. Society ignoring [peak oil] is like the people of Pompeii ignoring the rumblings below Vesuvius.” ~James R. Schlesinger Following on from last week’s “if permaculture is the answer climate change is the question” … Part 2 of my research project for … More Permaculture . . . the not so good oil
With the festive season approaching and in view of our imminent shift to Taylors Arm I’m attending early to Christmas gift strategies and shopping. Resigning myself to the inevitability of on-demand occasion-dictated gift exchange but hopped off the consumer-retailer spending hamster wheel, once again I’m favouring gifts of products we’ve enjoyed this year, purchased locally … More In My Kitchen: up close and personal
I wished I’d kept a food journal, but now I’ve thought about it; a consumer journal. What I supposed were lifelong constants are no longer. I was willing to be faithful so long as manufacturers were true. I wanted them to care about the things I did. They offered more products and promises to get my money. I … More things have changed . . .
The Australian Federal Government Treasurer Joe Hockey reckons Australia’s aging population is going to run out of cash and have to live on the cheap… funded by the government. “Australians to live longer and be poorer in 2055, Intergenerational Report shows“
There’s no place like home… and our encounter with the “Tiny House” had the G.O. and I contemplating dwelling dimensions.
Sunday morning was sunny + I spent Saturday food shopping & cooking while the G.O. was at work + We had breakfast food but the kitchen was clean… + We had to get in the car to go out later + The idea of a café breakfast didn’t appeal = Marrickville Organic Food & Farmers Markets
Back on home turf after my sister’s wedding life goes on. Vivid Sydney lights up the CBD. Someone paints decorates the railway overpass walls opposite our apartment with painted watermelon slices but within 48 hours someone else cleans it off. Someone goes to the touble of tagging their turf, the wall of the building across the road… … More home turf
Earlier this week I attended an inspiring forum addressed by Natalie Isaacs, CEO/Founder of 1 Million Women “a community of women determined to act on climate change”. The forum touted as being about climate change pleasantly surprised me by conveying ideas on the same page as I am about sustainability. Natalie communicated a worthy message about collective power “As women … More in good company
As is my habit during the course of a Saturday morning I did our weekly food shop at the local Eveleigh Farmers’ Market. When I returned home I made a cup of tea, and settled in with the lunch I bought: gluten-free mushroom, kale and leek tart made from, the friendly stall-holder informed me, market ingredients. At the computer I arbitrarily clicked … More She’ll be apples, mate – Right?
It’s that time of the year. Not quite Christmas. Not quite holidays. Not quite summer. Life at Chez EllaDee & the G.O. and Sydney’s November weather have been dancing to the same discordant tune, akin to the noise of my recorder playing in second class at school. Weather-wise it’s been four seasons-plus in one day. Plus being torrential rain, fierce winds, hail … More at sixes and sevens in the eleventh