A sunny afternoon at Barringwood Estate

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Sipping sparkling wine among rolling green hills is hard to beat on a sunny afternoon. I know this because I spent one at Barringwood Estate, a vineyard close to the town of Sheffield which is 23 kilometers inland from Devonport on the north west coast of Tasmania.

As we arrived, a steady…

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How to naturally purify the air in your house

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In the late 1980s, America’s space agency (NASA) studied house plants as a way to clean the air in their space station. What they found was that several common plants are particularly good at filtering out many harmful chemicals.

And because many of us spend such a large part of our…

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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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Lapoinya’s secret weapon in the fight to…

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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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