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When planning to move to the bush back in the late 1970s, the main company I knew where one could get items essential for the alternative life, like a manual stone mill for grinding flour, was Self-Sufficiency Supplies, then in Newcastle. It was run by Brian England. Amazingly, that company is still going, based in […]

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Being independent of the electricity grid, as I have been for eighteen years, is great. Not that, remotely sited as my place is, there was any choice. And my solar system, designed and installed by Dave Bartley of then-Sunrise Solar back in 1994, has been trouble-free. Dave tells me that my BP batteries have lasted […]

Tropical storms, fruit splitting, grass growing faster than the wallabies’ appetites, ground squelching underfoot, leeches on the march as soon as I leave the verandah… this is not how summer is supposed to be here. I am confined to the cabin and the verandah most of the time, and can only peer through the veil […]

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