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  • Seas, you are totally putting me off your part of the world. "Warms up sorta during the day" is not my idea of the perfect climate.

    We went to the Gold Coast for a holiday - temps in the mid 20s + . Now that, to me, felt like the ideal environment that humans should exist in!
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    • Went to the gym today. In light of my recent reading re: intensity of effort, I put less weight on the bar today and concentrated on executing with as perfect form as I could manage and making full use of the resistance provided. It certainly made me pay attention, still got a sweat up, and feel truly "worked out" afterwards - not exactly sore but that I definitely have used my muscles. Interesting experience.

      B: Two eggs.
      L: Plate of salad ingredients: cucumber, olives, cheese, carrot, peanut butter (20% again), red capsicum. Chocolate (of course, there's not a day lately when I don't eat chocolate).
      D: Butter chicken with broccoli and greens.

      Unfortunately snacked on raisins and more cheese while dinner was cooking.

      59.2kg.
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      • Seas, you are totally putting me off your part of the world. "Warms up sorta during the day" is not my idea of the perfect climate.
        LOL you get used to it. it's much easier to get out and do stuff if it isnt stinking hot and crawling with bugs. quite ruins that ambiance of tramping thru the bush if you have to douse yourself in chemicals to avoid getting eaten alive.

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        • Skipped breakfast, walked 40mins to buy dd college uniform for next year and 40 mins home again. Lunch was rice pudding with stewed rhubarb-apple, with a slice of leftover ham and silver beet quiche.

          DD made afghans so I had one. She did a good job so it was very nice, though all baking tastes too sweet to me now. I also ate cucumber with cheese, and some raisins.

          Dinner was beef chilli with grated cheese, and broccoli. Dark chocolate for supper.

          Milk has gone off. Well it lasted two weeks, just a pity I didn't quite use it all, I don't want to waste it. Hence the rice pudding. The chooks will have to finish it off, I think I'll soak their pellets in it.
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          • I think the chooks liked their sour milk pellets - today is a three-egg day

            B: Scrambled eggs with mushrooms, silver beet and cheese.
            L: Ham and chutney, capsicum slices, cucumber and cheese. Some chocolate and raisins.

            D: still to come - possibly pumpkin soup.
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            • you know you can just drink or cook with off raw milk. clabber i think it is called? it's good in pancakes and anything that requires buttermilk in the recipe. mum used to add vinegar to milk to sour it when she made rusks. altho i guess they arent very primal!

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              • Mmm, so I believe, but I haven't yet been game enough to use it. As soon as the milk starts getting a funny taste I cook up a rice pudding or cheesy sauce and try to disguise it. This time it had really clabbered and I definitely wanted to get it out of the house as dh is a bit sceptical about our milk already. I couldn't face it for myself either, not even being a fan of yoghurt. But who knows, given time?

                The amazing thing to me is that the milk easily lasts 10 days or more, this time it was 14 but it turned a lot faster being perfectly fine up till the day before.
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                • I would describe today's tramp as a long drive for a short walk.

                  Then I realised we walked and hour and a half uphill (didn't reach either Fantham's Peak - on left in pic, or the Summit of Taranaki/Egmont - snowy peak to the right), had lunch at the hut then turned round and walked down again.

                  A few months ago that would have been a totally satisfying, even exhausting, walk for me. Now I feel a bit shortchanged!

                  Nice day, nevertheless.

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                  • love the snow on the hills. i got a 3 k wander over the hill and back today. me and the dog got swooped by pied stilts who must have had some babies somewhere close by. they literally fly directly at you and veer off just before they hit you. they know what they are doing so i never worry. totally spectacular to have them circle and come back and buzz past. you can almost feel the feathers. re: the off milk. i no longer have any fear of that. you could also maybe make is it mascarpone with it? not sure if it works on sour milk but you could always give it to the chooks if it is a fail. heat it gently and stir in the juice of a lemon or two. google recipes. then when it curdles, hang it to dry. you can make leek and potato soup with the whey. or gjetost which i have never tried doing but like the end result.

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                    • seas, thanks for those ideas - I found this link: Drowning in Whey? Make Gjetost Cheese | The Healthy Home Economist which might be just the ticket for next time (if there is a next time).

                      I love birds, but being swooped by pied stilts sounds scary. We heard a bellbird (I think) almost as soon as we entered the bush this morning, I couldn't see it though.

                      We also saw a red admiral butterfly, that was pretty exciting to realise they are still around. They apparently feed on NZ stinging nettle - onga onga. The things I am learning lately just by keeping my eyes open and paying attention
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                      • we get red admirals here and yellow ones. ours are the native red admirals not the pommie one. i saw, for the first time ever, a tatty monarch butterfly floating past me in the back yard the other day.

                        Bellbird/korimako song - free native bird sound recordings: Facts

                        our new world used to sell gjetost. but no longer *sob* we lived in norway for a few years when i was a small child so i have fond memories. plus it is super yummy. almost like fudge.

                        the pied stilts freaked me out the first year they did it till i stopped and watched them. they are really just trying to distract you. sometimes one will make like it's got a broken wing and hobble around in a different place from the nest. i feel more guilty as i am stressing them and i really am not a threat at all. totally spectacular the way they circle and come swooping back. kinda like one of those WW2 fighter planes.

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                        • Lovely tramping area!

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                          • Beautiful tramp spot - funny how things change. You are doing so well! Sour milk is a huge hit with chickens or dogs etc if you can't figure out what to do with it. Many cultures sour it on purpose ... my preference is sweet milk though.
                            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                            Primal low: 186 lbs
                            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                            Goal weight: 140 lbs

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                            • They apparently feed on NZ stinging nettle - onga onga. The things I am learning lately just by keeping my eyes open and paying attention
                              forgot to say. be very very careful of that stuff. especially now as it will be flowering. i have read that the samples captn cooks botanist pressed and took home will still sting you even. not to mention multiple deaths of livestock, horses, hunting dogs and the odd person.

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                              • Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                                forgot to say. be very very careful of that stuff. especially now as it will be flowering. i have read that the samples captn cooks botanist pressed and took home will still sting you even. not to mention multiple deaths of livestock, horses, hunting dogs and the odd person.
                                I'm glad to hear it doesn't mess with even persons.... sounds llike nasty stuff...

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