Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
My boss a couple of years ago called it the going out salad. We only got it when we were going out. Eventually Mrs Boss caved to pressure and would make it at home
Very simple and easy.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Congratulations to the organisers. (Farmers Way Of Life)
Story links have been all over twitter. This is one from the Herald Sun... Live Export Promotes Animal Welfare
Thursday, November 22, 2012
A Country Web reader has written to us to tell us about a fantastic initiative farmers along the Laura to Port Pirie Road are doing - they have signs on their fences identifying the current crop in the field. A great way to spread the word and make a clear link between agriculture/farming and food production.
I would love a photo of one of these farms with the sign identifying the crop.
Do you have a photo we can print in our upcoming edition? Or maybe you know one of these farmers and could ask them to contact me.
Thanks for your help : )
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A lot of this attitude is highlighted in the Live Export debate something which I won't tackle in this post as that topic is riddled with 50 shades of grey ;)
What many people in society don't realise is that FARMERS rely on having good healthy flora and fauna. For the future of their business, their family, their flora and fauna, and their environment.
Farmers are family people who need to live in harmony with animals and the environment.
Farmers need to be outdoors enjoying the beauty that nature offers.
Farmers need to do whatever we can to help feed the world, without food we all will wither.
Farmers know we have to do the best job possible to make sure the environment is intact for future generations.
Farmers make decisions daily to keep the environment in balance.
If we don't look after our animals (or any part of the environment) then we will not be able to sell our stock and this will result in many issues which are all dependent on each other.
And YES the word profit is going to come up.
If we don't care for our animals (and environment)... the animals will be not be in the best possible condition meaning the farming business will not make a profit need to improve the quality of care and to support the family. Profit means that a business can survive and improve the quality of what they do and the way they do it. Profit and good animal welfare go hand in hand. Good animal welfare and a good healthy, balanced environment. Animals in poor condition make less profit which impacts on welfare.
I could name a doesn't different examples of environmental care by farmers.
I don't know a farmer who can walk past an animal suffering and ignore it. AND when I say suffering I am talking not just human factors but natural suffering as well should be taken into account.
Many of the farms around my area recently been involved in 50/50 funding projects to fence off swamps and dams which have endanger trees around them to protect.
Sometimes what annoys me the most is the people that are making remarks in social media have not been to many farms at all. Maybe the government bring in a law on enforced conscription to farms AND I don't mean hobby farmers. Would this help close the city-country divide. Would this bring city folk back to their roots so that they start to remember the process of life.
Farmers are the original 'greenies' we are the countries first line of defense for the environment.
If someone thinks that a farming method is wrong then rather than BAN it outright we should be...
- investing money in research and development for new methods
- educating farmers on better methods.
- adjusting laws to make if easier and cheaper to access 'greener' methods.
I am in no way saying that all Farmers do the right thing by their farm. Like in ALL PARTS of society some are ignorant or cruel. These people need educating or exit the industry.
OKAY enough waffle from me, I need to head out and do some work :) see you all on the flips side
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
10 Best Healing Spices and Herbs By Sumitra Nair, Team iDiva
This golden spice, used in almost every meal in India is very valuable. "It is a very powerful healer. It prevents growth of cancer cells and thus can prevent cancer," says Mumbai-based nutritionist Naini Setalvad. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduces swelling caused due to pain. "It also said to prevent alzhiemers and said to reduce severity of pain caused due to arthritis," says Mumbai-based nutritionist Maithili Pashtekar. This spice also acts as an antioxidant that helps lower cholesterol.
Often used in coffees and other desserts, cinnamon is said to have the ability to reduce blood sugar levels. "This spice contains antioxidants that help lowering levels of bad cholesterol," says Naini. More good news for women- including this spice in your diet will also ensure less painful cycles.
Good ol' ginger candy has always been an instant cure to motion sickness or has curbed a feeling of nausea. The spice does more than that. "It improves your digestive process and prevents stomach disorders like flatulence," says Naini. It is also said to regularize blood flow, thus maintaining your blood pressure.
Holy basil or tulsi is said to be a great de-stressor as it "reduces levels of serotonin," Maithili says. Try a tea made of basil leaves and ginger for relief from indigestion, headaches and fever. Chewing on leaves of basil could also reduce symptoms of bronchitis and asthma.
This condiment lowers your chances of getting cancer. Other than that, according to Naini, "it helps in lowering bad cholesterol and keeping your blood pressure in control." It also has anti viral properties and helps in clearing your sinuses. "It helps to digest iron and protein," says Maithili. Garlic is also a powerful antioxidant that protects your body against damage from free radicals.
Cumin powder in water with salt and lemon is probably the best way to curb a diarrhoea attack. "It also acts as a blood purifier and is an excellent remedy for stomach cramps," says Naini. Due to its cooling properties, it is added to most drinks and juices during summer.
Mustard seeds is said to curb the growth of cancer cells. "it also has anti inflammatory properties and is said to restore normal sleeping patterns in women with symptoms of menopause," says Maithili. It also reduces severity of asthma and lowers high blood pressure.
Saffron is a powerful antioxidant too. "It is said to be an anti-depressant and can cure bladder, liver and kidney disorders," says Naini. A li'l saffron in your tea can relieve you of a cold too. Saffron also has antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. Rubbing saffron on sore gums can provides relief.
Known as elaichi, this spice is also effective in curing stomach cramps. It is also said to cure other stomach disorders like flatulence and acidity. "It also improves your circulation to your lungs, Maithili says. Boil water and add mint leaves and cardamom to it and have it to cure hiccups, suggests Naini.
Mint or pudina is known to ease symptoms of the irritable bowel syndrome. It is also known to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Mint oil when rubbed on your forehead soothes headaches too. Mint paste while applied on pimples and acne can cure it.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
I did write a pictorial post on this topic ages ago about my experiences.
*** Just some more thoughts ***
When coming out bush people worry about isolation and their social life. Let’s do some comparisons and look at different situations.
Work Contact ---
Your work social life will go from just seeing them 9 hours a day to 24 hours a day to seven days a week.
Also you will find yourself having work drinks at some stations every night of the week, something which you probably didn’t do on a regular basis in the city, unless you work with a friend.
Definitely increased contact here J
Can also be frustrating as often they are not people you would choose to hang out with. But make the most because these are often interesting people in their own right.
Old Friends and Family Contact ---
On a station unless you have mobile service you will no longer be talking or texting mates everyday. It will more likely be once a week. You still most likely will have facebook and internet access it is a good time to start communications like this.
Text and talk will decrease. As will daily contact with friends and family.
It can make you feel very homesick if you do communicate a lot anyway. Sometimes it is good just to through yourself into local and station life to avoid this.
When I say socialisation I am talking about the stuff that happens with friends not people you live with all the time.
Now if you are person in the city who just goes out every weekend and not on week days then this can remain the same or similar. But if you are a person who goes out week nights then this will decrease.
Outback social events tend to be bigger and more fun affairs at times. People are also friendlier which makes it easier to go out and have fun. Their won’t be opportunities to go clubbing every night of the week but you will be able to go to the pub, rodeos, races, balls and BBQ’s at the neighbours lake.
Outback fun is different to going out in urban areas -- different not less.
Please get scared off by the isolation just remember
that often you social life is not less just different
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Monday, July 23, 2012
I love the fact that in our Year of The Farmer farming is hitting the front.
Fiona Lake has wrote an interesting article on the Peterson Farm Brothers utube sensation I'm farming and I grow it
The Peterson Farm Brothers also have released the Farm Slam Poem on Itunes, be interesting to see hour much money they earn off this.
Also check out this Dairy Farm song by Lil Fred called Farm It Maybe
I don't know if we are bridging the city-country divide but everyone is being entertained and that will bring people together.
Monday, July 16, 2012
If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
I love Marilyn Monroe, in her time she has some the greatest quotes to live by.... not bad for someone who was considered a dumb blonde.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
This is GOOD...I expect it back too!
I especially like the last sentence!!!!!!
A simple friend , when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself and doesn't feel even the least bit
A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
A real friend shoulder is soggy from your tears..
A simple friend hates it when you call after they've gone to bed.
A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.
A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A real friend calls you after you had a fight.
A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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