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by BJTJ
Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: Pesticides are killing Us
Replies: 9
Views: 12014

Re: Pesticides are killing Us

yes still have the same attitude!!
Bel
by BJTJ
Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: separating cream from milk
Replies: 9
Views: 11313

Re: separating cream from milk

I have been milking a couple of our sheep and making soap and have now made ricotta from the milk. I would love to get the cream off the milk so would appreciate any information on how to do it with sheep milk.
Bel
by BJTJ
Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Figs
Replies: 1
Views: 4247

Figs

We have heaps of figs at the moment but would like to freeze them for jam making later when I have time. Do you think freezing them would make much difference. I froze our blackberries and then made jam together with strawberrys and that worked out great. Just have never had so many figs before. I a...
by BJTJ
Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: Pesticides are killing Us
Replies: 9
Views: 12014

Re: Pesticides are killing Us

On the occasion when my fruit trees or veges get some sort of infestation, I get asked why don't you spray them????? My answer is I have the attitude of "toughen up princess" either get over it or go!! I allow my plants to work their way through their bugs and slugs and haven't lost any tr...
by BJTJ
Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

Isn't it amazing how long the soap lasts when it is felted. I have had one on the kitchen sink that I use humpteen times per day and have had it for the last six months. Mum has been using one in the shower for a couple of months also. Bel
by BJTJ
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

That sounds great - haven't made hand lotion yet. Bel
by BJTJ
Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

Yes the aged pension is being put back further and people will not automatically be eligible at 65. My husband will get it at 65 but I wont until I am 67 and this makes it 4 years after him that I can get a pension. More reason to get my soapmaking business up and running - although we produce a lot...
by BJTJ
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Squash
Replies: 3
Views: 5193

Re: Squash

wow I wonder if it is a cross? It was one of those packets that several varieties in them, it had zuccinis yellow and green, baby squashes, butternuts mm can't remember what else, I just planted them all throughout the garden and didn't keep the packet. :oops: Bel
by BJTJ
Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

It is about $380 to register with NICNAS then you have the Public Liability, we were able to have it added on to our farm insurance so only costed about $70. From there I just started going to markets then also opened a facebook page. I would like to get a website but need a few more sales as yet. T...
by BJTJ
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Squash
Replies: 3
Views: 5193

Squash

HI all I have several varieties of squash growing in my garden. One sort is a round one the size of a saucer but is grey. It is the same shape as the baby squash which are bright yellow and ready for picking like the zuccini. How do I know when the larger ones are ready, do they go yellow as well or...
by BJTJ
Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

Just made another batch of Sheep Milk Soap and it turned out beautifully. I still have about 3 litres of sheep milk in the freezer but hubby wants some to make cheese. Can you believe it we just about fight over our sheep milk LOL. We are bringing in the ewes as there is about a dozen new lambs that...
by BJTJ
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

Thats one of the things that gripe me a bit as I want to do the right thing and have registered, list all my ingredients, have Public Liability but I continually see soap being sold that is obviously not "home made" had no easily assessible list of ingredients for the public and when I hav...
by BJTJ
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Read all About it - in the News!
Topic: Kiwi Fruit
Replies: 2
Views: 5017

Re: Kiwi Fruit

I am with you Kathleen - and Dick Smith!!
by BJTJ
Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

agree for sure

Bel
by BJTJ
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: HI I am back too
Replies: 5
Views: 7574

Re: HI I am back too

Thanks Vicki
It's just great doing things that you really want to do and enjoy the rewards from your own hard work.
Bel
by BJTJ
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

The amazing part about giving up work was that i had more time to grow fruit and veg and hardly do much shopping at all now and also don't buy soap!! I still do one day per week doing bookkeeping but I am loving the freedom to "follow my heart". Setting up my soapmaking business has been g...
by BJTJ
Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Cherry tomato overload!
Replies: 3
Views: 5687

Re: Cherry tomato overload!

Hi Mellisa one of the things I do with excessive tomatoes is to just wash and freeze in ziplock bags. When I need them I just defrost and put through the mouli or just put them straight into the slow cooker or whatever the meal. It is a great way for using them up in winter in stews, casseroles etc ...
by BJTJ
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

HI Kathleen
I am in the west, I live in Brookton WA.
Bel
by BJTJ
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: HI I am back too
Replies: 5
Views: 7574

HI I am back too

Hi all well it has been over a year now and have done lots of travelling but still have my vege garden, orchard, chooks, ducks, sheep and pigs and now also my soapmaking. Now working for my own business selling my soaps, I am posiive I never want to work for anyone else again!! and am still running ...
by BJTJ
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Homemade Soap
Replies: 30
Views: 31422

Re: Homemade Soap

HI all well here I am back again after over a year or so and now make and sell my own soaps ranging from Organic olive oil soap to sheep milk soap. On reading my previous posts I can't believe my lack of knowledge and how much I have learnt in the last 18 months. I have left my stressful job and now...

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