Save the lobsters

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Earlier this year I wrote about LaPoinya and logging in Tasmania’s old growth forests.

Many months later, the fight to save this ecologically vulnerable area continues.

This video explores the life cycle of the fresh water lobster and why logging in LaPoinya poses a threat to their survival.

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The wondrous Pelican Pick

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Is it a spade, a rake, a pick or one of those toothy creatures from Alien? Actually, it is pretty much a mixture of all four minus the teeth.

I’d never heard of a Pelican Pick until I bought one several years ago at the hardware store. Now, this is the main tool…

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

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A recent science article reports that our cave dwelling ancestors were often victims of bears and sabre-tooth cats and human bones with bite and claw marks indicate we were also a tasty snack on the carnivore menu.

This isn’t surprising considering clawless, fangless, slow moving homo sapiens from temperate rain forests were tragically…

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Autumn mulching

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Autumn is a great time to rake up all the leaves scattered around the garden to use as mulch.

A thick layer of leaves will decompose over the winter months and help prepare the soil for spring and summer planting

I spread enough leaves to create a thick covering before applying another layer…

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Can you be friends with someone who doesn’t believe in climate change?

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Recently, a work colleague told me that her decision to leave tropical Queensland for North West Tasmania was motivated by temperature rises. She said the stifling tropical heat, as well as the cyclones and floods, had become unbearable.

I told her that climate change was going to displace a great many people, and she was an early refugee to a…

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Lapoinya’s secret weapon in the fight to save Tasmania’s old-growth forests

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“Where’s the hope?” my friend Dave asks as we drive through plantations of recently felled trees. Piles of twisted branches lie scattered across hectares of landscape; a mass grave of rotting wood.

Hope is quickly fading for Tasmania’s old-growth forests. Until recently, logging was a dying industry, facing extinction like the Tasmanian…

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You can’t escape death on a farm

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A friend of mine says there’s lots of death on a farm. And it’s true.

One of my chooks, who only minutes before had been enjoying her food with the other hens, is dead. A sudden screech, a few feathers drifting in the wind and she is gone, killed by a copperhead snake that slithers…

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Why fear is a great movitator

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I have a Labrador called Max.

Max is very stupid.

He doesn’t understand that when a door or gate is ajar his head can push it open.

I have another dog called Molly.

Molly is very smart. She knows how to open doors, round up chickens, sheep and people. She is a lot smarter than…

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The happy sunflower

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I’ve been growing sunflowers for the past six years and they never cease to amaze me.

I’ve grown sunflowers that are as tall as Triffids (without the gruesome taste for human flesh) alongside small, delicate-stemmed ones. I’ve grown sunflowers with bright yellow petals and sunflowers with multicoloured tangerine leaves. I’ve grown sunflowers that last a…

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bad santa claus

How much is enough?

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Our so-called festive season is a kind of madness.

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My bountiful potato patch

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Last night we dug up the potatoes.

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What is a food forest?

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The concept of growing a food forest is relatively new.

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Can communal city living work?

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When we looked at buying our house, we weighed up the pros and cons.

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How to start a gift circle and rebuild community

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The gift economy represents a shift from consumption to contribution.

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Why there’s no better time to keep chickens

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It’s nearly Christmas and there’s an outbreak of bird flu in Australia.

This means an egg shortage.

Sadly, it also means 400,000 hens have been destroyed so far in an effort to contain the virus.

It’s all pretty distressing but it’s motivated me to keep chooks again in the New Year.

I love these creatures.

I love the friendly…

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The farmer versus the city slicker

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Today I was electrocuted.

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A flexible breath

Back breathing more intimately loosens your spine.

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Beautiful Flowers

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Bluebell’s death hit me hardest because I’d nursed him through pain and illness.

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Gloveless gardening

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I stopped wearing gardening gloves a couple of years ago.

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Greenhouse dreams

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The restored greenhouse is my favourite place on my property.

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