Bottled water

Bottled water is one area of inefficiency that is well within my grasp to remedy.  After a prompt in a recent magazine article pointing out – again – just how inefficient bottled water is, it was time to take some action – again.  I’ve tried various drinking flasks, but none were satisfactory. I have been […]

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Drilling food habits

While researching the idea of training drills, I wondered if some of the benefits would fix my eating and shopping habits. There are downsides to drills because they involve memorising certain actions until each action is instinctive.  Instinctive responses can reduce flexibility and initiative.  This can obscure opportunities for beneficial change.  The problem is not […]

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It is essential – and evil. If it is not managed on a daily basis, it can overwhelm. Stealth is its weapon of choice. It’s presence is hidden and must be sought out. It is salt.

Growing up, I didn’t realise there were different types of salt.
I’d only heard of iodised. In my early 20s, I discovered, but did not understand, rock salt. Salt was not “of the earth” but a packaged item from the supermarket shelf to be poured into pieces of multi-coloured ceramic …

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Guaranteeing the fruit supply

I found a rotting nectarine amoung the apples.  It’s bad enough buying unripe fruit from the supermarket that never turns into something nice.  But to buy something yummy and accidentally loose it because of a blended colour scheme in the fruit bowl …  such a disappointment.   I thought I still had one left.  I did […]

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Worms – the external kind

“I’m off to buy a worm farm”.  The volume was unnecessary as I was alone in the room.  The urgency was necessary because too much thinking can sometimes spoil the moment. When I planted four tomatoes last year, the quantity was questioned.  It seemed a lot for one person and, admittedly, chutney was expected to […]

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Vegetables – Oranges

For a few weeks, The Drum was on both ABC1 and ABC2 at the same time.  A very disappointing decision that I assumed was about saving money.   Why pay for those great British programs when you can limit your viewers’ choice by playing the same cheap Australian show on different channels at the same time?  […]

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Fish from the farmers’ market

. We waited up at night for the men to come home from their camping trip.  They often didn’t get back until quite late and those of us in the next generation old enough to stay awake did so.  There was the excitement of that “Dad’s home” moment plus our fascination with the damp hessian […]

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