Weekend reading

24 May 2013

This is Hanno at the Susan River Homestead near Hervey Bay. We visited there on Tuesday to give a short talk at the Queensland Carers Retreat.

Why bugs aren't the enemy - Michael Pollan

Worm therapy

David Bell's tiny home

How to teach spelling

Thinking of starting a Transition initiative?

How to Make Kombucha Tea at Home


Frugal Down Under

Scarlet at The Finished Article

Hana at Marmota's Dress Diaries


  1. Hi Rhonda
    This comment has nothing to do with your post for today, but I needed somewhere to vent and I'm sure you will be sympathetic.
    I've just returned from a walk to my nearest post box and this takes me past the local highschool. I'm shocked, SHOCKED at the amount of rubbish outside the school on the footpath! I would have to say that 99.9% of it is from pre-packaged food. Not only are parents teaching their children terrible eating habits (hence the obesity rate) but they are teaching them nothing about the environment. I find it unforgiveable that children think it's ok to litter! Some of the rubbish hadn't even had the contents consumed. I only saw one piece of cling wrap - which to me states that someone MADE their child lunch and an entire piece of fruit. I feel embarrassed about our youth.
    Since when has it become the responsibility of the local council, residents or school cleaners to pick up the rubbish. I would love to see the principal of that school take a group of students (maybe detention students) out of the grounds to pick up all the rubbish. We used to have them when I was at school and they were called Emu Parades.
    The principal probably needs parental permission to have the students outside the grounds, and poor "Johny's" parents are unlikely to give this as it would be unfair to Johny.
    So on top of bad education about the enviroment, obesity we are also educating our children to pass the buck and laziness.
    I am going to send an email to this high school expressing my concern about this problem.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my rant.
    Kind regards

    1. Andrea, you should write that email. To not do it would be silently saying that you accept the rubbish being there. Good luck.

    2. Hello, every year the schools in our little village are put to picking up rubbish in the local community in the beginning of may a whole day. It has been a tradition for years. My impression is that the children and youngsters don't mind atall and everything looks so nice afterwards. Pam

    3. Andrea as a primary school teacher, litter was a pet hate of mine. Working in a K-12 school I made it a very serious offense if I saw children litter. I agree with your sentiment and also with Rhonda that you should definitely email :)

  2. Thank you Rhonda for being such an inspiration. I've been reading your blog for over 12 months now and am slowly and steadily making quiet changes in my home. I made some laundry liquid the other week for the first time and condensed milk and biscuits today, I tried the yogurt (which I need to practice) and am knitting and sewing away at different projects all the time now. Thank you so much for everything you do. Jess

  3. Hi Jess, I had to practise a lot of things when I first made my changes. I sent you my best wishes. xx

  4. Thankyou Rhonda for thinking me worthy of a mention. I feel quite honoured!

  5. Thank you for linking! :-)
    Also, I love the tiny home. I'm not sure I could do it - not enough room for sewing, I'm afraid; and I jump around the house all the time and I'd miss that jumping room! :D But I do love sleeping in cozy spaces, so at least his sleeping space is right up my alley!

  6. g'day
    tiny homes are not new, there is one man/company in america that makes them & sells the plans
    though over here in australia they would take a bit of getting used to, especially that small, i would love to live in a small cottage that hasn't been touched myself with its old fire stove still in it but they are few & far between, i do have a cottage of sorts but it was badly 'renovated' before i bought it.
    great readings as always rhonda
    hope you have a great weekend

    selina from kilkivan qld

  7. The Pollan piece was interesting. Microbiology to me is just as weird as studying the outer universe. Thanks for sharing.



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