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by childoftheearth
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:11 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: Friend of a Farmer
Replies: 5
Views: 6962

Re: Friend of a Farmer

Hi Kathleen, This was interesting. I wonder if the need for human interaction is common in rural areas, or if many people who choose to live in a rural setting are more like me (and maybe your husband?). I prefer my isolation, we have lived here for just over a year and I have met exactly ten people...
by childoftheearth
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: worming and/or vaccinating cows
Replies: 3
Views: 4939

worming and/or vaccinating cows

Hi All, My new babies (Jersey heifer poddy calves) are about eight weeks old now and I'm told they should be wormed. All the suppliers seem to sell drench by the litre (sufficient for around 100 calves) which is a bit more than I need for my two! Shortly I will have the same problem with vaccination...
by childoftheearth
Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:35 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi all
Replies: 8
Views: 9385

Re: Hi all

Hi Jen & welcome, I haven't been making jam for very long, but I've never had a failure (more luck than judgement I'm sure) and the jam is really fantastic. Perhaps it is the recipe/s that you are using. I use a book called "Preserve" I can't find an author's name but the publisher is ...
by childoftheearth
Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: A tough desicion, mainly because I dont know
Replies: 14
Views: 8688

Re: A tough desicion, mainly because I dont know

Hi Steve and Welcome to the forum. I thought it might be helpful to you if I just clarify a couple of things. 1. "Fowlers Vacola" and "hot water bath" (or HWB) are interchangable terms. 2. In Vicki's post she refers to fruit and tomatoes as low acid foods, they are in fact high a...
by childoftheearth
Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Proper farming here we come!
Replies: 13
Views: 10405

Re: Proper farming here we come!

Hi Hayley,

How wonderful for you! You'll be well settled in before the baby is due.

Like everyone else, I'm dying to hear the details of the new place.

Best wishes for a smooth transition
Elaine
by childoftheearth
Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:27 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New QLD member
Replies: 13
Views: 9320

Re: New QLD member

Hi Jan and welcome, My husband and I moved to Tasmania (from Melbourne) about 6 weeks ago, so far it is everything we had hoped. Peak hour traffic in Launceston is about four cars, and never having to stop at any traffic light more than once. So far we have established our chicken run, we're startin...
by childoftheearth
Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: cottees chemical cordials
Replies: 11
Views: 11253

Re: cottees chemical cordials

Hi Jo, Thanks for introducing a rational argument, and an excellent point, ie in considering any information it is important to know the motivation/funding behind it. This is often (and not accidentally) obscured, but at least the reputable journals now require the authors to declare funding sources...
by childoftheearth
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:22 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: cottees chemical cordials
Replies: 11
Views: 11253

Re: cottees chemical cordials

Fruitaholic, I am not prepared to debate the merits (or lack thereof) of any particular substance, I am only suggesting that people make INFORMED choices, and by that I mean informed by reputable research not by hearsay. What is the source of your statement that saccharine and aspartame "cause&...
by childoftheearth
Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:54 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: cottees chemical cordials
Replies: 11
Views: 11253

Re: cottees chemical cordials

Hi All, I know I say this every time something like this comes up, but PLEASE be critical of information circulated on the web, particularly 'scaremongering". If an article purports to quote the findings of reputable research, check the original research yourself. Research findings can easily b...
by childoftheearth
Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Read all About it - in the News!
Topic: GM Baby formula
Replies: 3
Views: 5887

Re: GM Baby formula

Personally I am opposed to ALL baby formula. Babies deserve breast milk. Before the outcry: I do acknowledge that there are exceptions, adopted infants mothers unable to breastfeed for medical reasons etc.

Elaine
by childoftheearth
Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 5203

Re: Introduction

Hi Georgie and Welcome, Have you had a browse through the old posts? Lots of good info there, and you will probably find that somebody has already asked the "stupid questions" (usually me!) Never hesitate to ask for help, we've all been beginners at some time (not so long ago for me) and o...
by childoftheearth
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Chook breeding
Replies: 23
Views: 19734

Re: Chook breeding

Hi Kathleen, Sounds like you had a nice mini break in the city, and came home full of energy. In your post you said "DH didn't get around to doing the deed in time" (dispatching your roosters) and I was wondering if you can tell me when is the optimum age to ask them in for dinner. I presu...
by childoftheearth
Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Cheese Portfolio
Replies: 13
Views: 10961

Re: Cheese Portfolio

Hi Glyn,

I have been trying to get hold of an external fridge thermostat but haven't been able to find anyone that has them. Could you please post the details of your supplier?

Thanks
Elaine
by childoftheearth
Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: The Canner ... and redback will have masons in 7-14 days
Replies: 15
Views: 6485

Re: The Canner ... and redback will have masons in 7-14 days

Well done Ralph, there nothing like a success to boost one's enthusiasm (although probably not needed in your case!)

Your post made me smile, nothing wrong with a bit of silliness now an then.

Cheers
Elaine
by childoftheearth
Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Any preserving happing out there?
Replies: 27
Views: 11661

Re: Any preserving happing out there?

Hi Katrina, We all know that one can't (legally) sell raw milk, but giving it away it another matter. Many contributors to this forum (and others) have lamented that they do not have access to raw milk, perhaps a "free to good home" type ad in the local paper (community house, or whatever)...
by childoftheearth
Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Flemington Markets
Replies: 21
Views: 9415

Re: Flemington Markets

Hi All,

Jo put a link in our conversation about "Cereal crops". It has lots of plans for great DIY equipment including solar dehydrators of various sizes.

Elaine
by childoftheearth
Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Red Lantana
Replies: 46
Views: 29438

Re: Red Lantana

Hi Vicki,

How wonderful that you have had an offer so quickly. It certainly seems to prove that the other agent was not doing his job. Fingers crossed for a smooth settlement.

BTW, I don't think I ever gave my children as much care and attention as Fatima is getting!

Cheers
Elaine
by childoftheearth
Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Cereal Crops
Replies: 5
Views: 6611

Re: Cereal Crops

Hi Jo, You are, as always, my hero. I knew some of the forum member had grown up on farms. Now for the dumb questions:- does that yield figure represent total crop ie with stalks, or does it refer to grain yield? I understand the basics of pre-industrial style harvesting - scythe it down, tie it in ...
by childoftheearth
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Cereal Crops
Replies: 5
Views: 6611

Cereal Crops

Hi All, Does anyone out there know anything about cereal crops? I am toying with the idea of growing some wheat and oats for our own (human) consumption and animal feed. (Yes, my confidence in getting the new place is growing, will know for sure by the end of the week) I have read some information o...
by childoftheearth
Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:31 am
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Red Lantana
Replies: 46
Views: 29438

Re: Red Lantana

Hi Vicki, How are Cinnamon and Fatima going? I was so thrilled for you when I read about the calf's arrival, it must have been a big boost to battered spirits. Have you/will you put the calf back on Cinnamon, or continue to hand raise her? The concept of a calf "throwing a tantie" really a...

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