Monthly Archives: May 2013

Do Farmers Have Choices?

An interesting article. Glad this blogger had the foresight to ask the farmers themselves.

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There seems to be a consensus going around that farmers have no choice when it comes to the seed they choose to plant. Or if they do have a choice, large corporations like Monsanto force it upon them. And if anybody tries to voice their opinion and let the farmer’s themselves speak upon their choices, the individual suddenly becomes a pawn for Monsanto.

Okay so the above example may be a little extreme. Doesn’t mean I haven’t seen it happen again and again online. Why is it that because we are behind a computer it gives us the license to be disrespectful? Anyway, back to farmers. I was interested in what the farmers themselves have to say about their seed choices, how they choose the seed they do, and why do they CHOOSE to plant GMOs or maybe they don’t? So I asked several farmers some questions… And here’s what…

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At It Again….

At It Again....

Diesel has been at it again! So I rescued the garlic bulbs and replanted them only to be lulled into a false sense of security. After a week, that’s right a week, Diesel decided he would get stuck into some gardening again. This time chicken wire will be going over the top and hopefully I will still get a crop. Fingers crossed!!!

Op Shopping With aTwist

My fiancé and I had to find a birthday present for his Mum. I’m one for finding presents that are a little on the different side and err on the side of sustainability.

My fiancé’s Mum loves her op shopping. She can hunt down a bargain like you wouldn’t believe, especially in relation to clothing. Let’s face it, op shopping, saves a lot of money, helps with many worthwhile charities along the way and it is great from a sustainability perspective. However looking through op shops on your own can be boring and you tend to stick to your own territory. So I found the answer…

An op shop bus tour! I remember seeing one being run out of Melbourne on a TV program one evening and I wondered if they run something like that here in Adelaide. My search led me to find this little business called You…Us and a Bus.

I organised the May tour for my fiancé’s mum, his sister and myself ($35 per head) and it was so much fun. We met in Adelaide at the Goodwill shop (this is where I scored myself a near brand new pair of jeans for $1) and looked around until the bus arrived. Once we were badge up and on the bus we headed to Blackwood. Along the way we stopped at another shop, where I indulged $7.50 and bought 5 books (some yummy times ahead).

Some yummy times ahead

Along the way was fun with our two lovely hosts for the tour, Shelly and Rowena, with prizes, a bit of extra shopping and plenty of laughs and that was just on the bus. Once in Blackwood we had a couple of hours to look through another few shops with morning tea thrown in as well (which was lovely).

It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Guilt free retail therapy! With the bargains I found and good times had, the money spent paying for the tour was certainly worthwhile. Another thing it was great to go and explore somewhere that you wouldn’t usually go.

5 Green Stars *****

Nothing Paranormal About These Ghost Nets…

A while ago I came across an article regarding Indigenous communities making the most beautiful sculptures out of ghost nets. Hidden behind these beautiful sculptures laid an awful truth that many people do not know about.

Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been lost or abandoned out at sea.  They continue to travel via the currents of the oceans indiscriminately trapping all types of sea life in them, including divers.  The following video explains a little further…

So you may ask why a land dweller like myself is writing a piece on ghost nets.  Well I came across another article today explaining that Ghost Nets Australia will shut down in June this year due to a lack of funding.  A sad state of affairs if you ask me.

Ghost Nets Australia is a project enabling Aboriginal communities to fulfil their aspirations of having stewardship of their customary lands and adjacent marine environment, known as “caring for country.”  It is an alliance of over 22 Indigenous communities from coastal northern Australia across the three states of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.  For further information regarding this organisation please check out the following link (even like them on Facebook and show your support)…

Ghost Nets Australia

Ghost nets are not just unique to Australia.  Here is another site with valuable information…

Ghost Fishing

Reusing old t-shirts…

I swear t-shirts have been breeding in a dark corner of the girls bedroom. Well the time has come to sort out their clothes and take them down to the op shop. However I have come across this website with some creative ways to reuse old t-shirts.

10 Ways to Reuse an Old T-shirt

Given winter is just about to well and truly set in this could be the answer to a few weekends where it seems like cabin fever has set in (there are six in our household). I’m thinking I might try the shopping bags or a latch hook rug. I think the rug would look great in the girls’ room (we have a lot of pink).

T-shirt Bag

Please feel free to share your projects or any great ideas for old t-shirts.