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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Paying it Forward

Aren't some people great? This article in the Northern Advocate http://www.northernadvocate.co.nz/news/pay-it-forward-whangarei-donations/1888363/  is about a woman who needed some clothes for her children, but finding everything so expensive on Trade Me, appealed for any unwanted clothes on her Facebook page. After getting all she needed, she then decided to give away all of her children's clothes that were too small... and this lead her to setting up a Facebook page that now has 4,000 members in Whangarei, and has also been established for other areas. Great idea!

A Fabulous Remedy
Even if this doesn't work I still like it. This old folk remedy has been recirculating in recent years. Together, gin (or the juniper in it) and golden raisins provide a double whammy of anti-inflammatory compounds - the list is a mile long.(NB golden raisins are known as sultanas outside of the USA). The raisins absorb the gin, which extracts the medicinal compounds from the raisins, making them more readily absorbed when you eat the alcohol-soaked fruit. Plus, the sulphur dioxide employed to keep the raisins golden also possesses anti-inflammatory properties.


Gin Soaked Golden Raisins
Place 1 cup of golden raisins in a glass bowl and pour in enough gin to just cover the raisins. Let the raisins sit for a week or so until they've absorbed all of the liquid, then eat 9 -10 raisins a day.




Possum Bait
I know I go on about possums, but they are the scourge of our garden. I decided to look on the internet for the best bait to attract them as they had been ignoring our Timms trap. I made up a dough ball with flour,water and eucalyptus oil and added it to the trap with 1/4 apple.
Looking out this morning I could see the trap had been triggered..but only a bit of fur to show for it. Watch this space.

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