Weekend reading


Another week almost over and I don't have much to show for it. I've been concentrating on my blog course this week and should have it ready to send out on 26 June.  It's been raining or overcast here so the temperature has been at a mild 10 - 15C at night and 20C during the day. Next week will probably be colder.  If you're in the northern hemisphere, I hope you're enjoying your summer temperatures, if you're here in the south, I hope you're not too cold and have a warm home to shelter in.

Thanks for your visits this week. Visitor numbers are starting to increase again which is surprising as I've been around so long.  Still, I hope my new readers find the blog interesting and motivating. I'll see you all again next week. Have a lovely weekend, my friends. xx

How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply
Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts
Australians want government to focus on renewables even if it costs more
The Great Allotment Challenge - first series, no. 1  I love this series, particularly the Make challenge.
20 best vegetarian recipes: part 3
A story about cold chickens and their knitted jackets - this is in my neighbourhood 😊
Patterns for aprons, modest clothing - women, girls, men and boys, some free patterns
Consumer watchdog launches legal action against Thermomix
Cooking hacks - You tube
Swedish Food - lots of delicious recipes here
How to control tomato caterpillar


26 comments

  1. Hi Rhonda, I first started reading your blog back in 2007 or 2008. I don't think I've ever commented. I'm in a season of life that feels very chaotic and I appreciate your calm, encouraging articles. Thanks so much!

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    1. It's nice to meet you, Angi. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Thank you Rhonda. I always look forward to your weekend reading list.
    I hope you will have a relaxing weekend.
    xx
    Nil

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  3. Lots of good reading there, Rhonda. I have one of the Thermomix models mentioned in the article...must look into that more! Meg:)

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    1. Oh, be careful Meg. Here is something else from the Choice site.
      https://www.choice.com.au/home-and-living/kitchen/all-in-one-kitchen-machines/articles/thermomix-sealing-ring-replacement-warning

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  4. Hi, I've visited your blog a few times over the years and when I first took the plunge to try soap making (about 4 or 5 years back) I used your soap recipe (thankyou). I love your sweet blog. I also love my home, gardening, bread making etc etc...and finally, I love that little sewing kit jar in the picture :) ~ Linda

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  5. Pretty scary, the article about microfibres being found in marine life, especially when you consider the amount of clothes made from microfibre these days. We need to go back to using glasss bottles instead of plastic. Thanks for the weekend reading, have a great weekend.

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  6. Your winter temps are our summer temps right at the moment...Some nights are going down to 5C ...keeping an eye on the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, so they don't get too cold. We had warmer weather in May than we do now. Climate change is real, folks...
    Barb
    Northern Canada.

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  7. I just noticed your little comment on the top about how to comment, and encouraging people to comment on blogs. I love it, and your so right. I LOVE to read comments, to see how other people live. I feel like I have a little group of people I get to know from my blog. :)

    A great reading list again! Those patterns are lovely. I smiled at the ones for modest womens clothing. We have been watching the "Little House on the Prarie" series and I love their long, gathered skirts.

    Great Granny knitted loads of little cotten/wool vests for fairy penguins at one stage. When the litle fairy penguins get covered in oil the cleaning process they need also strips their own oils from their coat and then they get cold. So they give them little knitted vests to keep them warm until they recover fully. She had great fun with it, and thought they should look smart as well as be warm. hahaha! She must have knitted near 100 of them!

    xx

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  8. Oh and your knitting jackets for chooks also reminded me of this amazing little Aussie story, have you heard of the Strathewn knitted chook project?

    Grab a tissue, its a story about how a group of local women coming togeather and knitting some chooks helped bring laughter and smiles to children after the devastating fires that hit Strathewen.

    Im always rbought right back to our devastating Pinery fires when I see footage like this....Burnt bushland and scenery will be forever bring a heavy ache to my heart and remind me of just how close we came to loosing, and how lucky we were considering.

    xx
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzzHtO1ImKw

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  9. I had never heard of the Great Allotment Challenge. I just watched the first episode, and I'm hooked already. What a great gardening show! (And I think I'm going to learn a lot, too.)

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  10. Have a lovely weekend Rhonda and Hanno! Thanks for the links - your blog is a constant source of inspiration and comfort to me! Cheers, Puccetta, Sydney

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  11. Thanks for posting the link to vegetarian recipes, I'm always looking for more. I have been a vegetarian for 12 years. My husband and son are free to eat meat whenever they want, but I only cook vegetarian meals. By the way, your recipe for "Impossible Quiche" (made without meat for me, of course) has become a family favorite---my husband and son (16) wolf it down, I only get a small sliver. ;-) But it was especially important to us recently as my son had oral surgery and then braces put on his teeth. It was one of the first meals he had once he was allowed to eat "real" food and not just soft food. It's quite nutritious and I was so happy to see him enjoying it. I usually use onions, mushrooms,and spinach but it's so adaptable, I've used bits and pieces of other vegetables too, and the cheese can be varied so much. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, lilypad. I have quite a lot of meatless recipes because I was vegetarian for 8 years. It's nice knowing these recipes are served as family meals.

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  12. Good lord, Rhonda. It gets worse all the time. Those microfibers in man-made fabrics are very frightening. Collectively the human race has not taken very good care of our world. Plants, animals, and any form of life has suffered greatly because of us. High time for a change. We won't get another chance.

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  13. Your blog is one of my favorite reads, Rhonda. It's fun to read how different yet how similar our days are. It's the busy time of year here in the U.S. with garden duties and food preservation, and we're new beekeepers so we'll be getting our first honey harvest ever in about 3 weeks. (yep, we're SO excited!) Thank your for sharing a glimpse into your world, and for sharing these fun weekend reads.

    ~Taylor-Made Homestead~
    Texas

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  14. Hi Rhonda,
    I used to be an avid follower of your blog when I lived in the UK and we grew our own veg and had chooks. Since then (5years ago) we have moved to the Sunshine Coast and although loving it, have been swept away in the work and school cycle of everyday suburbian living and my back to basics skills have taken a back seat to 'convenience'.
    However, my husband and I decided it's the right time for us to buy our first home (we're in our 40s so it's been a while to get to this decision!) So I am budgeting and saving and all my old tricks have crept back in and I was reminded of your blog.... so I'm back regularly reading and re-learning. This week the kids and I have made pizza dough instead of buying ready made bases and they loved it, we're going to tackle yogurt in the school holidays.
    Michelle

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  15. I just wanted to say....I love,love,love your new hair style. You look lovely.

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  16. Oh yum,those vegetarian recipes and further links are wonderful. Enjoy your weekend Rhonda.
    Brigitte

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  17. Rhonda, love the Allotment challenge. Thank you for sharing your life and experience.

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  18. Hi Rhonda. I haven't been here for a while (4 children, the youngest being 1 and homeschooling the other 3 (;) so, I have just seen the new look. Love the fresh, clear pages. I have also been reading for a few years now but haven't commented before. So here I am for the first time. I do find your weekend reading suggestions so informative and motivating, thank you for all the research you do to help keep us aware and for all the lovely ideas. I've just watched the documentary "Before the Flood". PHEW!!! I feel compelled to share with all those who I influence and who have some influence on my life. You may have already included it in a w/end reading list. I just couldn't find a reference to it. Again, its "preaching to the converted' on your site but WOW I think we need regular reminders of how precarious a situation this world is in (the 2nd article in this week's reading list is just another confirmation and here in Cape Town we are currently experiencing a water crises due to two unseasonably hot summers with very poor winter rainfall) and so the stories abound. We desperately do need more earth dwellers to make changes to our current way of life. Thank you for this inspiring blog which gives such practical examples on how we can increase our awareness and all live more simply. Lucy

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  19. I've spent my whole weekend watching The Great Allotment challenge...both seasons. So much fun! Thanks for a great link!

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  20. I love hearing you talk about the weather, you and I are always opposites. Right now here in Texas the temperature is in the high 90's. For some reason even though I'm hanging out in the air conditioning I find comfort in reading about getting cozy and enjoying hearty food. =)

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  21. Thank you for your lists of weekend reading links. I always find something interesting. I especially like the different point of view from "the other side of the earth" for me in Europe.
    This time, I enjojed the vegetarian recipes. There are no vegetarians in my family, but over the years I found that we are going back to the way my parents (b. 1907 and 1916) used to eat when they were young: A roast on sunday and for the rest of the week, meatless except for leftovers and maybe a bit of speck with the veggies and potatoes.
    About the renewable energies, I am afraid that a lot of people will change their opinion when they get the electricity bills. It was like this in Germany. But of course, you have so many more sun hours, it might be different in Australia.

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  22. So there I am on Amazon Prime reading the reviews of a movie called the secret. a gentleman had commented not to waste your money youd be better to buy a book. he named off a few, one of which was called "deliberate Living" which led me to google the title, in turn, it led me to a blog of you. Forgive my intrusion, i just had too let you know that although it was not deliberate, i am certainly glad i happened upon your site. I am a 52 yr old at the end of my rope and your words were comforting and reassuring. I forget there are good people out there trying to live and do good. thank you kind lady

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  23. I too love to read your weekend reading links.This is the first time I have commented for a while but yours is the only blog I read regularly, I love going back to read older posts they help me reaffirm my beliefs in simple living thank you.

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