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  1. Thread: Americanisms

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    In Australia, we call it a lounge. Sometimes a...

    In Australia, we call it a lounge. Sometimes a sofa (especially for a foldout sofa bed) but mostly a lounge is what you find in the lounge room.

    We also find toilet paper (not American toilet...
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    Before we moved to the farm (where the dog poo is...

    Before we moved to the farm (where the dog poo is not a problem), I was about to set up a worm farm dedicated to dog poo only. Here is an article about how one woman did it -...
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    Zoebird, I have tried the Bokashi buckets and...

    Zoebird, I have tried the Bokashi buckets and found them a real pain for a couple of reasons. We gave up after one bucket and then its replacement both quit within 6 weeks. The problem was the little...
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    One trick that I have found worthwhile with my...

    One trick that I have found worthwhile with my rabbit fencing (kangaroos and parrots are a different story :)) is to lay the mesh the fence is made from (I use chicken wire) along the ground...
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    I like names that have a colour in them,...

    I like names that have a colour in them, especially something warm like Golden Meadows Farm or White Cloud Pastures or Green Fenlands - makes the name feel even more alive.

    And I also agree with...
  6. Thread: Marmite

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    Vegemite is an essential in most Australian...

    Vegemite is an essential in most Australian houses and my experience is that 99% of people here love it.

    My favourite way to have it is on toast, scrape of vegemite and a chunk of avocado,...
  7. Thread: Innermost house

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    I just spent a wonderful hour watching that video...

    I just spent a wonderful hour watching that video and the other 'tiny house' videos on that site. So interesting, thank you for posting the info about it.
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    Number 3. I was brought up with LOTS of animals...

    Number 3. I was brought up with LOTS of animals none of whom received any treatment, so it was all quite rough and ready - we were a bit if an unofficial animal shelter without financial support :)....
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    It is very inspiring to read your decluttering...

    It is very inspiring to read your decluttering progress everyone.

    I got a BIG scare visiting a close relative's house last week and realising they had definitely fallen from messy to hoarder. We...
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    I like magazine and newspaper subscriptions. 2...

    I like magazine and newspaper subscriptions. 2 newspapers weekly and 4 magazines monthly. It just feels so luxurious to have them come to me. I recycle them all and will probably phase them out as...
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    Some people remember the food, I most clearly...

    Some people remember the food, I most clearly remember the lack of accommodation choices that came with poverty. I remember being incredibly grateful for a dark, dank room sandwiched between an...
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    Thank you Kevin and Mrs-M. Very cooling for the...

    Thank you Kevin and Mrs-M. Very cooling for the eyes from a hot (if wet!) Australian summer.
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    Cheap - grow a few herbs to use in cooking...

    Cheap - grow a few herbs to use in cooking
    Cheaper - grow some lettuce, spinach and tomatoes to save a bit on veggies
    Cheapest - grow heaps of veggies and design meals around what's out there
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    Through childhood, I loved to be alone in the...

    Through childhood, I loved to be alone in the house to have my favourite indulgence - a concotion I would make myself in a mug - 1/2 dried milk powder, 1/4 sugar (caster sugar if possible) and 1/4...
  15. Thread: A lament

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    I know so many people who were at each others...

    I know so many people who were at each others throats in the aftermath of separation, using every mean trick in the book, convinced that by doing this they were saving their child/children from the...
  16. Once the telly came into our house (I was 5), the...

    Once the telly came into our house (I was 5), the kids ate in front of the telly and Mum and Dad ate in the kitchen. Suited us kids because if we didn't like something, there was no grown up to make...
  17. A famous poem learnt by all Australian schoolkids...

    A famous poem learnt by all Australian schoolkids describes Australia as a land of 'droughts and flooding rains'. In the 1980s, we bought a beautiful property in the middle of nowhere in the middle...
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    Kay, I haven't looked up her blog before, but I...

    Kay, I haven't looked up her blog before, but I was very interested to hear Rhonda on our national radio station just last week. I made a mental note at the time to follow up and google her name but...
  19. Thread: Medicare

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    I read in Lionel Shriver's book So Much for That...

    I read in Lionel Shriver's book So Much for That that the whole thing of employer funded health insurance started during World War 2 when there were restrictions on how much employers were allowed to...
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    Lionel Shriver So Much for That My goodness, I...

    Lionel Shriver So Much for That

    My goodness, I had no idea how difficult the US medical system is. The hero has a dream of a simple life (love those kind of books!) and is about to launch into it...
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    I get car sick, air sick, whatever sick and also...

    I get car sick, air sick, whatever sick and also can get vertigo especially in bed (that great feeling of turning over in bed and feeling like you are falling off the Earth). I suspect it's a left...
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    I agree with someone else who said - lights on in...

    I agree with someone else who said - lights on in the daytime. There is a variation of light levels throughout any house and I don't mind this. People ask how I can put up with 'the gloom', but to me...
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    I am a wee bit cinnamon dependent - just love the...

    I am a wee bit cinnamon dependent - just love the taste. I don't eat sugar and even though cinnamon is not 'sweet' it's delicious like sweet.

    I also have it on my brekky muesli and have mixed...
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    Thanks for the welcome (back) everyone! It does...

    Thanks for the welcome (back) everyone! It does feel very feet up, have a chat-ish - yeah, like 'home'.

    It is amazing how many people make it out to Australia nowadays. We are used to going out to...
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    My family are Downton Abbey tragics and I even...

    My family are Downton Abbey tragics and I even received a book about it for Christmas, The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes. It's not the novel behind the series, but has all the back...
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