Monday, 16 October 2017

Unusual Uses for Lonely Socks

Does your washine machine eat your socks? Mine does. Here are some great uses for those poor remaining sock soles from Instructables by Penolopy Bulnick in life-hacks
Here are just some of the 38 ideas. Visit the website for full instructions

Dusting + Blinds

Sock Puppet

Vacuum Small Items

Hot/Warm Pack

Dryer Ball

Arm Warmer & Leg Warmer

Shoe Freshener

Ponytail Bands and Sock Buns

Cover Golf Clubs

Wrist Rest

Store Glasses

Whiteboard Eraser

Wash Car

Phone Cover

Pin Cushion

Protect Valuables (when Moving)

Protect Shoes

Polish Shoes

Monday, 9 October 2017

Arnold Crumperton lives in an Arnott's Tin

Meet our latest Teddy in a Tin - Arnold Crumperton.

Arnie’s favourite food is biscuits, particularly Arnott’s. He was very excited when he found this Arnott’s tin to make his home.

He always keeps an Iced VoVo, Delta Cream, Orange Slice and 100s and 1000s biscuits on hand for visitors.

Our "Teddies in Tins" are preloved. They come with their own little story and are sanitised, redesigned, renamed and are now waiting to be adopted and loved once more..! 

Price is $AU15.00 each plus postage. 

Monday, 2 October 2017

October in the Australian Garden

Prune frost-damaged parts of plants. Feed trees and shrubs. Plant evergreens.
Flowers and Shrubs
Fertilise gardenias. Plant pots of annuals – Petunias, phlox, zinnias verbena and salvia. Repot orchids. Cut back azaleas that are straggly. Lightly shape lavender, picking flowers and deadheading.
Fruit trees and vegetables 
Spray apples and pears every two weeks to protect from codling moth. Place a band of corrugated cardboard around the trunk to trap wandering caterpillars. Prune, mulch and feed citrus trees. Dig decomposed poultry manure into beds to grow leaf crops. Start preparing and enrichining beds for planting pumpkin, sweet corn, zucchini and cucumber next month. Sprinkle a tight fistful of sulphate of potash per square metere where tomato, capsicum and eggplant seedlings will be planted. Crop rotation prevents pests and diseases from getting too bad. Grow sweet corn where potatoes grew,  and tomato, eggplant and capsicum in replace of beans and peas, salad veggies follow crops such as carrots and parsnip. Basil is an excellent companion plant for tomatoes because it repels pests and promotes healthy growth.
Renovate your lawn. Re-sow if necessary, or aerate and top-dress. Mow weekly and feed every six weeks to establish a healthy lawn. Set  mower higher in very hot weather.
What to sow this month 
Alyssum, everlasting daisy, gypsophila, Irish green bellflower, kangaroo paw, nasturtium, ornamental chilli, petunia, phlox, portulaca, strawflower, verbena, viscaria and waratah.

Beans (dwarf and climbing), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, celery, choko, cress, cucumber, eggplant, herbs, leeks, lettuce, marrow, melons, mustard, okra, onion (spring), potato, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, silverbeet, sweet corn, tomato, zucchini.

Birth flowers for October

Traditional - Calendula (Marigold)
Sympathy, sorrow, grief, despair.
Sometimes called "summer bride" or "husbandman’s dial," because its flower head follows the sun.
Early Christians called marigolds Mary’s Gold, and placed it by statues of the Virgin Mary.
Marigolds are good cleansers and can be remedies for the sting of bees.
Australian - Bottlebrush ('Harkness')
One of the best red hybrids.A tall growing shrub to 3-5m.Very reliable in the garden.
Quote of the Month

"I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth?"

Edward Giobbi

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Food as Medicine

In Australia, we have just come out of a cold and very windy winter. I managed to get through most of the season without the usual colds, flu and sinus problems until bang! In the middle of August, I got hit with a chest infection. I went searching for natural ways to ease my discomfort and supplement the antibiotics my doctor had prescribed and found the following list you might like to try.

Eat plenty of fish - fish oil helps prevent headaches. So does ginger, which reduces inflammation and pain.

Hay Fever
Eat lots of yogurt before pollen season and eating honey from your local region helps immensely.

To prevent stroke
Drink tea. It will prevent build-up of fatty deposits on artery walls and green tea is great for our immune system)!

Use honey as a tranquiliser and sedative.

Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes.
(onion packs placed on chest helped the respiratory ailments and actually made breathing better).

Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent arthritis.
(fish has omega oils, good for our immune system)

Upset stomach
Bananas will settle an upset stomach. Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.

Bladder Infection
High-acid cranberry juice controls harmful bacteria.

Bone Problems
Bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple.

Memory problems
Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying much-needed zinc.

Clear up that stuffy head with garlic. (remember, garlic lowers cholesterol, too.)

A substance similar to that found in the cough syrups is found in hot red pepper. Use red (cayenne) pepper with caution-it can irritate your tummy.

Breast cancer  
Eat Wheat, bran and cabbage to help to maintain oestrogen at healthy levels.

Lung cancer
A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in dark green and orange vegetables.

Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric and duodenal ulcers.

Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure this condition. (Bananas are also good for this ailment)

Clogged arteries
Mono unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.

High blood pressure
Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure. Celery contains a chemical that lowers pressure too.

Blood sugar imbalance
The chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.

Other tips
Kiwi: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E & fibre. It's Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

Strawberry: Protective fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protects the body from causing, blood vessels clogging free radicals. (Actually, any berry is good for you.They're high in anti-oxidants and they actually keep us young.........blueberries are the best and very versatile in the health field........they get rid of all the free-radicals that invade our bodies)

Orange: Sweetest medicine. Taking 2 - 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.

Watermelon: Coolest Thirst Quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are Vitamin C & Potassium. (watermelon also has natural substances [natural SPF sources] that keep our skin healthy, protecting our skin from those darn uv rays)

Guava & Papaya: Top awards for Vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fibre which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. (also good for gas and indigestion)

Tomatoes are very good as a preventative measure for men, keeps those prostrate problems from invading their bodies......GOOD AS MEDICINE.