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12 June 2015

Weekend reading

Last weekend, making cheese and cherry strudel.

Not much time for reading this week so it's a shorter list.  Last chapter due next Tuesday then a few bits and pieces after that to finish up. :- )  I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Spectacular new species of waterlily discovered in Australia
Seven new species of miniature frogs discovered in cloud forests of Brazil
Our ageing population isn't a disaster. We have the tools to make it a triumph
No place like home
...aprons come off: time for tea - community baking
No knead bread recipe variations
How I simplified and organized my house, room by room
Joey doesn't leave his mum
Noticing
Plaiting/braiding garlic - You Tube

Recession is very interesting and thought provoking thread at the forum that has a lot of us thinking. Erica started it by writing:
I can't help feeling that we are in for a doozy of a recession, that it is not a matter of if, but of when. Having lived - and lost - through the recession we had to have, I am concerned to say the least.

What does everyone else think?

What is going on in your neck of the woods?

Do you notice a change coming?

13 comments:

  1. Good luck with the last bits!

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  2. Oh Rhonda - that no-knead bread variation link is a ripper. No knead bread has become such a passion of mine (who knew?!). 18 months ago I would have laughed at anyone suggesting I get interested in no knead bread making.....the old ways/days seems like a life time ago.

    Phew - the last leg of the book. I bet you have your eyes fastened on that finish line now. Enjoy crossing the the 'white line' - what will you do to celebrate?

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    1. Later in the week, I think Hanno and I will go out for lunch and then a trip to the nursery to buy a celebration plant. I'd like a handkerchief magnolia but I don't think I'll find one in my price range. We'll have to see what's there. Enjoy your baking.

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  3. Rhonda, how exciting to be nearly finished writing your book. You will be so relieved. I have actually just finished reading the forum thread about a recession that you mentioned and am quite intrigued by the solar oven one of the members has. So many great ideas there I must say. Have an enjoyable weekend putting the finishing touches to your book. I am looking forward to our organic gardening workshop tomorrow.

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    1. I am relived to say the least, Chel. Enjoy your workshop on the weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you next month. xx

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  4. That koala story made me tear up. I love them.

    Glad you are almost done with the book!! Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. Miss Fifi, that hospital is the place that Steve Irwin (crocodile hunter) set up. It's just around the corner from my place. Koalas are beautiful creatures.

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  5. I loved that koala story--so sweet! I'm glad they just let the baby stay with his mama during her procedure rather than stressing him out by removing him. And the article on simplifying/organizing as well.

    I haven't seen much in the way of news--we're still settling down after a major heath crisis for my husband earlier this year, and so I've been more or less living under a rock--so I'm not completely sure what our economy is expected to do here in the US. I do know that food prices are going up, and I saw a report yesterday that some grocery stores are rationing eggs because of how hard the egg industry has been hit by the bird flu (so very glad we have our backyard hens!). We are in a phase of paying things off as quickly as we can while my husband is still able to work, because there is a real possibility that the time will come when he can't, and we want to hit that point in the best shape we can. I have no problem getting a full-time job (right now I work freelance), but my field is generally not as well-paid as his--and that assumes that full-time work would even be available, which is by no means guaranteed. At the same time, we are investing in things like fruit trees to try to produce some more of our food at home. In the long run, I think that will save us money.

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    1. Wise moves, Helena. I'm sorry to read about your husband's illness. I hope he recovers completely. xx

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  6. Lovely reading material as always Rhonda. I especially loved "How I simplified and organized my house, room by room" as I just had written a similar article in my blog (http://simplelifeisnotcomplicated.blogspot.com.au/) about how to find the right balance between minimalistic and simple but cosy.
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I shall go and make myself a cup of tea and read the 'Recession' thread.
    Frances
    Frances

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  7. My guess is that the next (inevitable) recession will indeed be a doozy. All the signs that led up to the last one seem to be in full force again now. I think we'll continue the boom and bust cycles (with the busts being successively worse) until we make the cultural shift to more sustainable living, away from speculation and overconsumption and embracing once again the virtues of simplicity, moderation and thrift. I'm encouraged that more and more people are seeing the importance of doing that. So even as I see turbulence in the short term, I think that over the long run we're going to get our priorities right. Hope you're having a great weekend Rhonda.

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  8. I think a recession will come and maybe sooner rather than later. I hope that it will shift that consumerist mindset that seems to pervade our culture and bring people back to what really matters. Perhaps it may reset the 'Enough' button that's been stuck on 'More' for so long.

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  9. My perspective of recession is that in our area, the Upstate of SC, USA, jobs are coming in by the hundreds and real estate is booming. Houses are selling within days of going on the market and new industry and distribution warehouses are coming in every month. Our government is complaining that Americans are not spending so I think maybe we have learned our lesson. They hoped that our drastic decreases in gas prices would go back into the economy but Americans seem to be saving it for a rainy day. But, like I have always said, it depends on your particular situation. Those who are jobless in America would not agree that we are doing fine.

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