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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:46 pm 
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Yes a great little weed book. Very happy with it, lots of photos and descriptions. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:57 pm 
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Domestica wrote:
Is it sad that my bedside reading is this book? It's so good! I can now identify soooo many more weeds :bounce:


Not at all! I have just searched one of the two books the author also references and found to my surprise and delight that I have recently met the author of one of them - Gai Stern and her book Australian Weeds (which oddly cannot be shipped by Amazon to Australia - go figure! :hmmm: )

We stayed at her's and her partner's fab B&B In NSW earlier this year and I milked one of her goats.

Small world eh? She never mentioned she was an author as well as a great Haloumi cheese maker ...

And I learnt that the chooks she had were bought from the person who ran the very first B&B we (LSOH and me) stayed in ten years ago in that area of NSW!! (Black Hamburghs in case any one is interested -though I had no chook interests back then and didn't even see the chooks - just the joey she had rescued, green tree frogs and alpacas..)

What a totally wierd circle of coincidences??! (anyone hear the Twilight Zone theme song in the background?) :lol:

Anyway back to the weedwalk - we get a discount for 3 or more so let's commit ? Nov 4?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:03 pm 
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Yes I was literally about to book right now!

There's two of us-I'm happy to book...three? Four? Winglet? Anyone else?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:12 pm 
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Mr TT will come if we cannot get a third...so book away!
I will PM you Domestica...


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:13 pm 
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I've PM'ed Winglet and awaiting response. Mr Domestica would also like to come so that's three so far.....

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:24 pm 
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Domestica wrote:
I've PM'ed Winglet and awaiting response. Mr Domestica would also like to come so that's three so far.....


Great - so that could be four or five or even 6 if Mr W comes !

I have tried the site but it is incredibly slow ..though it may be my LT. Have given up and am heading to bed - let's reconvene tomorrow night when we are confirmed - they appear to want a credit card payment.

I am happy to put on my card (if noone else does) and claim the cash when we meet up but I would like to confirm numbers first.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:38 pm 
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Domestica wrote:
Oooh ok I might go the 4th too then so we can say hello in real life and talk weeds and chooks. Perhaps Winglet might like to come too? :thumbs:

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I walked home through the local park tonight and walked VERY SLOWLY past the weeds considering just how weird might I look in my work attire, bending and picking weeds, to other workers commuting home??


:rofl: I don't get around in work attire much but most days can be found walking through the streets of inner Melbourne with massive handfuls of weeds! On organised days I'll have a plastic bag, but mostly I forget. You do get strange look-especially when picking them...but I don't care and just smile at whoever is wondering what the hell I'm doing.


I used to do weed walks for families back in Germany and I'm pleased that finally, it's being introduced over here as well. Domestica, may I suggest not to use plastic bags to collect your weeds? They keep much better if you put them loosely in a little basket or a paper bag. It's also a good idea to collect early in the morning wherever possible :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:55 pm 
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Thanks for the advice Nostress :thumbs:
I had it in my mind that the weeds would keep better in plastic than paper (like my salad greens-they just wilt so much faster in paper :(

Is there a noticeable difference in the variety of weeds here in Australia?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:48 am 
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Domestica wrote:
Thanks for the advice Nostress :thumbs:
I had it in my mind that the weeds would keep better in plastic than paper (like my salad greens-they just wilt so much faster in paper :(

Is there a noticeable difference in the variety of weeds here in Australia?


Just try to wrap your weeds in moist paper towels or newspaper.

There are many weeds in Australia I used to collect in Germany and most of the weeds that are mentioned in the little book or very common over there. What you can find depends very much on where in Australia you're living. If anyone was interested in recipes for a particular weed mentioned in the book I have stacks of recipes I could translate when I find the time.
I'm very interested to learn more about edible plants native to Australia. Yet, I know next to nothing about them.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:47 pm 
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Well we are booked (including the LSOH's) in for the 4th Nov to learn about our local weeds-exciting! Must remember to take book-exciting! :bounce:

Thanks Nostress too for the tips. I will go to the tour prepared :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:02 pm 
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nostress wrote:
If anyone was interested in recipes for a particular weed mentioned in the book I have stacks of recipes I could translate when I find the time.
I'm very interested to learn more about edible plants native to Australia. Yet, I know next to nothing about them.


Hi Nostress
I may just take you up on that recipe offer after the weedwalk!
If you want to know more about Aussie weeds, apart from Adam Grubb's book, there is a book by Gai Stern called "Australian Weeds" - oddly available via Amazon but they do not ship to Australia! I am about to contact the author to see if she knows where to get copies.
If you are interested let me know and I will pass on any intelligence re sources.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:45 am 
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TookTook, I would be interested in where to get Gai's book! :thanks:

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:00 pm 
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I'm interested as well, TT. Thanks for asking.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:50 pm 
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I have a feeling I might have seen an Australian Weed book at the Ceres bookshop-not sure if it is the one you are talking about but I'll be there this week so will have a look for it :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:55 pm 
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For Australian native foods, there's a few resources;Tim Low is one of the better authors, and also covers introduced edible weeds. One of the best books is "grow your own bushfoods" by Keith and Irene Smith.

Probably a topic for another thread though, as they're not actually weeds :)


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