Too Much Too Easy

Too Much Too Easy

Went to Eat Street Northshore today and had a pleasant time wandering around the food vendors on the banks of the Brisbane River near the cruise terminal.

While there I tried a few of the different dishes from the Japanese pizza, to the salt and pepper calamari and washed it down with a fruit juice. There were plenty of samples to try, chocolate covered deep fried balls, organic fruit juice and nuts in all sorts of disguises. My lady and I shared each plate and it didn’t take long to spend fifty bucks.

Observing People

I don’t really enjoy mixing in crowds but it is fun to get out of my comfort zone and watch others, their reactions and what they enjoy.

Too Much Too Easy

No wonder there is an obsession with food at the moment. At this moment in time the majority of society has too much spare time and no purpose for using that time. What better way than to go and buy some food in different locations. We have lost our connection with the origin of food and we are more likely to buy a meal than we are to want to grow it.

When we grow the food, we don’t have the time to sit around and eat so much of it. We would be more likely not to be as overweight as Queenslanders are if we spent more time actually growing food instead of watching it on TV, while munching a bag of chips and having a soft drink.

Eat Street Review

My lady and I were of the same opinion. We’d go there once.

From Finance to Farmer

It didn’t take me long to switch back to gardening did it. This video was quite interesting and it is enlightening reading the comments. It would appear that whatever you do these days you will have people who think you are doing something of worth and others thinking you are priveleged or that what you are doing is of no value.

I think you have to do what you think is right and grow a pretty thick skin and not worry about what others think of your efforts.

Keep on growing – mindfully, spiritually and in your outlook.


Home Made Laundry Detergent

Home Made Laundry Detergent

Does the price of clothes washing detergent give you the “tom tits”? Do you get annoyed when it is time to buy more laundry detergent and you don’t get any change from $20 for a 4 litre liquid detergent? I do and I get sick of the bs advertising where they give the detergent an earth friendly name to fool the consumer that the manufacturer is environmentally sensitive.

I’m going to make my own home made laundry detergent.

receipt for home made laundry detergent ingredients

Receipt for 3 of the 4 items


  • Find a recipe for laundry detergent
  • Buy the ingredients
  • Make the detergent
  • Use it
  • Write a blog post about it

The fourth item is Borax which costs about $4 from Coles. My total expenditure is $12.29

Recipe for home made laundry detergent

Ingredients for home made laundry detergent

Ingredients: 1 bar of soap, grated; 1 cup Lectric washing soda; 1/2 cup borax; some Bi-carb soda

Grater to grate the bar of soap Grated Soap for home made laundry detergent

Grate the soap. I used the fine tooth on the grater and the soap ended up looking like Parmesan cheese. It surprised me as it had quite a pleasant fragrance.

Add the cup of washing soda and 1/2 cup of borax

add washing soda

add borax






adding bi-carb sodaIf you want to make the mix stronger, add a small box of bicarb-soda to the mix. I wasn’t sure what a small box measured so added about 1/2 a cup.

Mix together and store in a sealed container. I used the trusty old 2 litre ice cream container. I’m running out of them so will have to hook in to some more ice cream.

All ingredients for home made laundry detergent mixed together

The finished product

There is about a kilo of finished product in the container.

Amount to use

3 small teaspoons per wash


The recipe for this home made laundry detergent came from Warm Earth magazine. The writer said it was a tried and tested recipe from their place.

We used the recipe as soon as it was made. I thought it was great in the washing. Now ladies, just don’t think this is some dopey old bloke’s opinion. My lady friend was kind enough to do the washing and her opinion was she couldn’t tell the difference from the previous load using a commercial washing liquid. Rest my case.

I hope you have a go at making this laundry detergent. I have enough ingredients left over to make another 3 batches.

If enough people start looking for alternatives to commercial products, then maybe manufacturer’s will wake up and realize that they have to provide value for money and stop looking for ways to provide the cheapest cost item for the greatest price backed by marketing and advertising to brainwash the consumer.


You can’t trust bastards with no Ethics

They Have NO Ethics

I’m not talking about politicians, I’m talking about food manufacturers. They use marketing to entice you to buy their products and try to find waste products from manufacturing and chemical production to replace natural products in their manufacturing process to increase their bottom line.

Sounds like a conspiracy theory doesn’t it. No I am no a nutter but I have seen a number of things that big business has touted as good for you when it is clearly not.

How about cigarettes?

What about margarine and partial hydrogenation that creates trans fats?

What about stevia?

What about alcohol?

And what about food colouring, stabilizers and preservatives in food?

They won’t even label their stuff so that you know which country it was grown in or whether it is from a GM’d crop.

Solve the problem

So what is the solution? Get a hobby and grow some vegetables. You can grow them cheaper than you can buy them and if you learn a few tips and ideas, you don’t have to leave your wallet at the nursery. You can fertilize vegetables very easily with compost and worm castings. There are simple and effective organic and home remedies for plant pests and disease.

At the same time as learning how to grow vegetables you will contribute to your own health improvement and that of your family. Your fitness level will improve too, as you will be getting good exercise.