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September 2010

I have a mental list of all the things I must see in my lifetime. This week, on a trip from Perth to Shark Bay in Western Australia, I managed to tick three things off that list. The first 'once in a lifetime' sight was the Wreath Lechenaultia in full bloom. We nearly missed out on spotting this magical plant. After driving for hours we reached our destination just on sunset. A few minutes later and we would have missed it. I was so excited I didn't even stop to put on my shoes and delighted in tip-toeing barefoot through... Read more → I've been dying my hair with Henna for a while now. I love being free of all those toxic chemicals in permanent hair dye. But one downside is that the coverage of grey isn't usually that great, with the grey hairs being redder than the remaining hair. These 'red highlights' look OK when you have just a few grey hairs. But I no longer have 'just a few'. So today, when mixing the Henna, I substituted the boiled water with hot black coffee. It's apparently supposed to help lessen the red tones, especially where there is a 'large percentage... Read more →

I seem to find an excuse each day not to ride my bike to work. It's mostly because i'm running late, which is a pretty slack excuse, because taking into account parking, its actually quicker to ride. I want to ride, and feel good when I do. I love the connection I feel with my community. I love the chats I have with Little Eco as she rides on the back. I love that it gets me moving. I've just fallen out of the habit. But i'm inspired to get back in the saddle after stumbling across the Simply Bike... Read more →

I've been noticing aphids on the new growth on our citrus trees for a few weeks now. I've been meaning to look into natural aphid control methods, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. Then last night the answer was delivered to my email inbox through the Sustainable Gardening Australia free monthly email Newsletter. So this morning I went around squishing a few by hand and i'm going to plant a few plants that aphids don't like such as chives, coriander, garlic, onions, petunias or radishes. I'm also going to try the bright yellow plastic dish trick. Learn about these... Read more →