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Friedel Family Apple Strudel Recipe

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My grandparents moved here from Germany after WW2 – the choice of destination was dictated largely by the fact that they got Australian sponsors.  They were very self-reliant people and always grew vegetables,… Continue reading

Close Encounters with Lyrebirds & Hiking in the Cathedral Range

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Today was my thirty third birthday.  Rohan and I have a non-materialisic tradition of doing novel activities together on our respective birthdays. Last year for my birthday we did Tim Malfroy’s Natural Beekeeping… Continue reading

Easy Cultured Mayonnaise

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Prior to moving out here I had very little interest in food preparation, in fact I saw it as a necessary chore to be endured and tried to minimise time spent doing it… Continue reading

What’s the Point?

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This morning, while having my morning coffee and fending off chickens (whose main goal in life appears to be to get into The Humpy, they are obsessed and irritatingly persistent), I browsed the… Continue reading

Weed Eating

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In order to upskill as foragers, we picked up a little book called “Edible Weeds and Garden Plants of Melbourne” from Bee Sustainable yesterday.  Popping into Bee Sustainable is always a bit dangerous because… Continue reading

Rhubarb & Honey Syrup

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This syrup can be used to make delightful summer drinks (including alcoholic varieties), poured over any number of desserts to add that something special or simply to pep up porridge, yogurt or your… Continue reading

Multipurpose Beeswax Salve

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I started playing around with making salves after we got our first small beeswax harvest.  I like to keep the ingredients high quality but relatively simple, the consistency of the salve is really… Continue reading

Simple Homemade Deodorant

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We have been on a quest of late to make more of the things we use on a daily basis from scratch.  Today I decided to tackle deodorant.  I have used various natural… Continue reading

Raw Propolis & Xylitol Tooth Powder

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I have been making tooth cleaners of one variety or another for the past couple of years.  The latest experiment is a very simple propolis and xylitol tooth powder. Why Propolis? Propolis, or… Continue reading

Anniversary Bees: Catching Our First Swarm!

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We usually take the “scenic route” down a quiet dirt road when we drive into town, but yesterday I had to take the highway because the ute had very little petrol in it… Continue reading