Eight Acres - the blog — book

Retrosuburbia - permaculture book review

Nov 05 2018 4 Comments Tags: book, book review, permaculture

David Holmgren's latest book "Retrosuburbia: The downshifters guide to a resilient future", is the manual that you need to see the potential of the suburban lifestyle.

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The Tool Book - book review

Aug 27 2018 1 Comment Tags: book

I always really enjoyed workshop classes at highschool, both wood and metal work were a lot of fun.  I just like making things I suppose.  I do remember one teacher must have been told that we had to also learn theory, so one lesson per week was spent (wasted) by copying out of a book on tools.  I specifically remember copying out a section on chisels, I would have much rather been using a chisel, so I don't have a good history with books on tools!  However, I was intrigued when Penguin asked me to review a new offering, The Tool Book: A Tool Lover's Guide to Over 200 Hand Tools (although the version I have is subtitled: The Australian companion to over 200 Hand Tools).

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The buzz about bees - book review

Jul 24 2017 0 Comments Tags: bees, book

The more I learn about the bees, the more I'm fascinated by them and amazed at the things that researchers have figured out! To be successful beekeepers we need to try to learn as much as we can about the bees in our care. Some of the books on beekeeping use a kind of rote learning approach and tell you exactly what to do with your bees, but they can't possibly cover every situation.

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Natural handmade tallow soap recipe: Goats milk and honey

Jul 17 2017 2 Comments Tags: book, soap

I've been wanting to try making soap with milk for ages. We haven't been milking our cows, so I was waiting for a friend to have enough goat's milk to spare. I know I could just buy milk, but that seemed like a strange thing to do (you start to forget that milk comes from the shop when you've been milking a cow for a few years!). Anyway, I was happy to wait as I had plenty of other soap to make.

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The Hidden Life of Trees - a review

Jun 28 2017 0 Comments Tags: Australia, book, trees

Every time I share a book review I include Amazon affiliate links, and if you use those links to buy things I gradually build up Amazon credit. Earlier this year I used my credit to order a couple of books, which I finished reading ages ago, but haven't had a chance to share with you until now. I just wanted to say again, thanks for using my affiliate links because it does help me to buy more...

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How to make a wooden chopping board polish

Feb 20 2017 0 Comments Tags: bees, book, salve

Since we got our own bee hives I've been able to enjoy the many benefits of bees.  Honey, improved pollination and lots of beeswax (and the occasional bee sting).  I was excited to receive a review copy of The Beeswax Workshop, by of Chris Dalziel.  Here's what I thought of the book and the chopping board polish that I made.

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