Category Archives: House & family

Rest in peace Candy Grrl

Rest in peace Candy Grrl

My beautiful Candy-licious has passed away. The end was mercifully quick. She went downhill for a few weeks, but was still walking twice a day right until the end. She passed away on her favourite mat nuzzled into my side. You were Miss Personality. Called by many things apart from your real name – including Candy-licious, Candy Grrl, Chicken and Chooky – you were full of spirit and never afraid of a scrapmore »

Rest in peace King Roger

Rest in peace King Roger

My beloved friend and companion of 17 years has passed away. You were a truly outstanding dog with a wonderful balance of being a loving family member and protector of the pack. I loved the way you were so good with the kids, even if you were boisterous until well into adulthood. I loved the way you nuzzled against us showering us with affection while seeking a pat and a cuddle. I lovedmore »

Sharpening knives using the Razor Sharp Edgemaking System on an Ozito bench grinder

My wife considers herself a bit of a cook. Perhaps not gourmet chef standard, but certainly capable of feeding the local football team. For many years she has complained bitterly that her kitchen knives were continually blunt. We had a knife sharpening steel with one of our knife sets, but while it could hone a sharp edge, it had no hope of reviving a very blunt knife. I also had a Norton Sharpeningmore »

How to make great coffee

Making great coffee is easy with a fresh coffee beans, a grinder and plunger. You do not need a $1,000 espresso maker. My definition of great coffee is a full, flavoursome brew that has some body to it. Great coffee is not bitter, needing several teaspoons of sugar just to make it drinkable! Things you will need: kettle (duh!) fresh coffee beans — your choice coffee grinder — I use a Sunbeam coffeemore »

Easy weight loss diet for blokes

This is my easy weight loss diet for blokes based on my own weight loss story. It is not scientifically proven, but has worked for me with a minimum of effort. Like most blokes, I had the view that calorie counting diets were for women. Most men, including myself, do not want anything to do with Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, fancy shakes, or the latest fad-diets. My approach is based on creating a healthymore »

How to stop chickens clucking in the morning at sunrise

Our chickens -- two ISA Browns, an Australorp and a Leghorn

Backyard chickens make great, charismatic pets and produce eggs, but can be horrendously noisy just before sunrise. A blackout box can help to keep the chickens quiet until a more sociable time of morning. Unfortunately, chickens clucking and squawking early morning can be a nuisance in suburbia. While most councils (including Brisbane City Council where I live) prohibit keeping roosters in backyards, they do allow hens (up to six hens in my area).more »

Chicken breeds — Australorp, ISA Brown and Leghorn compared

Backyard chickens make charismatic pets and lay eggs. We have two ISA Browns, an Australorp and a Leghorn chicken. Each breed has unique characteristics. My wife, in her wisdom, decided to buy two chickens for eggs and as pets for my daughters. One of them grew so quickly that everyone told us it was a rooster. My wife, again in her infinite wisdom, decided to buy two more chickens so that when wemore »