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Bell Peppers and Tamarillos.

Tamarillo flowers.

 3 kilos tree tomatoes, scooped out of their skins with a teaspoon.
3 large onions, garlic optional.
4 apples, peeled, cored and chunked.
2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger or tablespoon of dried.
1 teaspoon (5 ml ) each of salt and pepper.
1 tablespoon ( 20 ml) of chilli powder or 6 bell chillies, finally chopped with seed to get the heat.
3 ( approx 750 grammes ) cups of brown or white sugar.
3 (750 ml ) of cider or white vinegar.
Place and combine all ingredients into large pot or boiler. Slowly bring to the boil stirring occasionally. Once to the boil reduce heat to a gentle simmer. I place a couple of glass marbles ( my Mother taught me this ) into the pot to prevent the mixture catching. After 60 to 90 minutes and after observing the texture of the mixture turn the heat off and let stand. In the meantime prepare and sterilize the glass jars and lids. Decant mixture into jars, let cool then place lids on firmly. Ready to impress within a couple of weeks.


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March 2, 2018 · 11:12 pm

Sunday, cooler and showers.

After weeks of no rain, overnight 4 mls fell. What a relief with this morning transplanting bok choi, rocket, lettuces and cabbages.

Bangalow palm in abundant seed.

Happy Birthday today to Lil.

And a super visit with Shea. We both enjoyed the new young Australian talent from the Melbourne Comedy Festival on SBS television last night while listening to the first drops of rain on the roof.

Our signs at the turn off are being stolen. 3 now so I hope someone is collecting them for their significance.

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Wanted to share my breakfast.



I don’t feed the wild life except when they ( mainly pademelons and wallabies) come down to the safety of the gardens to die.

4 kookaburras are keeping a close eye on me  and this one flew onto the breakfast table and snatched half of my omelette.

I look forward to this gallery every weekend. Oh, to be able to take photos like these.


And the perfect example from Barnaby Joyce why the average elector do not trust politicians.


Freedom of information needed to see how much is spent on herbicides.

Regional strategic weed management plans launched
30 June 2017
Eleven regional strategic weed management plans were launched today to safeguard the state against the threat of weeds.
Local Land Services Acting Chair, Richard Bull said the impact of weeds on Australian agriculture was estimated to be $2.5 billion in lost production and $1.8 billion in control activities every year.
“These plans set the vision for weed management across the Local Land Services regions for
2017-22 and outline strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation,” he said.
“The plans were developed using a tenure neutral approach to weed management by 11 Regional Weed Committees to support the implementation of the weeds components of the Biosecurity Act 2015.
“The Regional Weed Committees comprised government agencies, local control authorities, public and private landholders and community members. This process drew on the experience and knowledge of people involved with existing local control authorities.”
Mr Bull said the plans would guide resource allocation and investment in each of the 11 Local Land Services regions and would provide a consistent basis for regional planning and delivery.
“Strategic and coordinated regional weed management is critical to building the sustainability of the primary industries, natural environments and local communities throughout the state,” he said.
“The plans contain established strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation.”
The Biosecurity Act 2015 adopts the concept of a general biosecurity duty, which means that anyone who is aware of a potential risk should take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise or eliminate that risk.
Mr Bull said the 11 regional strategic weed management plans were a direct response to this legislative reform.
“The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the State,” he said.
“For the first time in NSW, there are a set of agreed priorities and actions which apply across both public and private land.
“Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.”
Read more or download a copy of your regional plan.
Media contact: Rod Campbell – 0428 058 549

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Hot days have arrived.

Summer heat has arrived so a couple of days mulching, mulching, mulching.


Avocado tree setting numerous fruit. Hope they can hold until edible.


I briefly glimpsed WHERE DOES YOUR MEAT COME FROM  on SBS TV2………………..I saw the pig mum caged to farrow and remembered my childhood when our Father would call us kids down to the pig sty to witness a sow giving birth, usually at night. Her birthing pen was freshly bedded with hay and the delight for us children was to watch as she birthed, sometimes up to 18 piglets. If there wasn’t enough nipples for the little delights to suckle quite often the mother would remove the weakest.  In the morning the Mum would take her little ones outside to explore the large grassed and earth enclosure.








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Spangled Drongo or fish tailed Drongo.



Always enjoy the arrival of the spangled drongo to the gardens. They are very vocal as they dart and swoop on insects (flying ants at the moment) to then retreat to a branch and flick their tails. I usually find their hanging twig nests from hanging vines with more than one in attendance to their young. They have a wide range and usually retreat from here in autumn.





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More volunteers who want to work with-out HERBICIDES.

Great working bee last Saturday the 2nd of July and thank you for the volunteers: Judy Paterson, Rameshua Drew and Stephanie Stone for their contribution. We did some primary work, however the main focus at moment is to complete the follow up work of Bitou Bush seedlings on the entire site wich we did great progress  and we are aiming to complete it at the next working bee. Also, I would like to welcome Doug Ketley that joined the group last Saturday.
We had delicious organic apples for morning tea thank you to  Nick, from Mullum Farmers market.
Byron Shire Chemical Free Land care next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 16th of July, from 9am to 1pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate.
Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat  and some morning tea. Tools will be provided.


BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed

Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated

Nadia de Souza Pietramale

Project Coordinator

0478 272 300




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Wow, some progress by our actions.

We’ve got huge news for you! We just stopped the European Commission’s plans to approve glyphosate weedkiller for another 10 years — The Netherlands and Germany abstained from a crucial vote on the cancer-causing pesticide, causing the EU to cancel the vote entirely.

Both countries received hundreds of thousands of signatures from SumOfUs members just days before. Just a week ago people said our voices wouldn’t be heard over the noise from Monsanto and scientists with chemical industry ties — but we did it.

It goes to show that together we can stop some of the most powerful corporations out there.



Yesterday delayed approval of probable carcinogen . We’re wildlife-better protected w/ stricter controls on pesticides

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Tim joined Jayne and I for another 4 hour jumpseed removal. Another effort should see all we see removed. Flowering and about to set seed we are just in time this year. The weather hasn’t been amenable to close ground weeding. One leech this morning and it clenched into my head with a stream of blood down my face.


Came home for a delicious breakfast of poached eggs, rye toast, avocado and Tim’s fermented cabbage with my tamarillo and pumpkin chutney. Coffee too from the trees here.


Spot the bee on a yacon flower.


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Sun, cool and cloud gathering.

The sun has been shining which has given me yesterday afternoon and this morning in the garden. What a treat, peeling back succulents and rampaging pumpkin vines and Ceylon spinach. Finding alsorts of self sown seedlings, like carrots, mizuna and lettuces. Blushing turmeric and ginger are bursting out of the ground, ideal times for candied ginger as its not developed the fibre yet. A little bland in stir fries.

Galangal and Yacons are still growing with the yacon budding up to flower.

A corner where  turmeric and sweet chives with a sweet potato advancing. Ginger in the background.


So the senate is set to change. I will miss the cross benchers if they go. I think they have contributed amply ( whether you agree or disagree with their views) by talking with and to the ordinary Australian on their particular  passion. Jackie Lamby stands out, on her substantial  advocacy for veteran affairs and talking openly on being a Mother.


Yacon budding up.


And the first Yacon flower of 2016.



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Preparing dinner for 4.





Former Macadamia Farmer Files Lawsuit Against Monsanto, Says Roundup Caused Cancer

HONOLULU –– Another farmer has filed a personal injury lawsuit involving Monsanto’s Roundup product, contending that his years of using the herbicide while working at a Macadamia farm caused him to develop cancer.

In the Feb. 19 complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, plaintiff Aaron Johnson said he “personally mixed and applied Roundup to and around crops on numerous occasions from 1997 to present.”

According to the complaint, Monsanto started using glyphosate in its products in 1974 under the brand name Roundup. Twenty-five years later, glyphosate was the “most-used active ingredient in American agriculture,” …




Dear Don,

The Hon. Jane Mathews AO, EDO NSW Chair, requests the pleasure of your company at the annual EDO NSW Gala Dinner.

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, is the keynote speaker and Julie McCrossin is the Master of Ceremonies.

blue_bar.png  Wednesday 6 April at 6:30pm
The Ballroom, Doltone House Hyde Park
181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW



Enjoy fine food, drink and a live fundraising auction.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here or telephone 02 9262 6989.

Can’t attend the dinner? Make a donation to support our work.



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