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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

February 16, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia

Clean Up Oz Day 2020

Clean Up Australia Day is here again

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Cleanup Oz

Scotland Island is registered to participate once again!
Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment

This event encourages and inspires thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets and really help make a difference to their local environment

If you would like to help out, either by grabbing a bag and filling it, or helping to supervise activities, please email cassgye@spin.net.au to put your name on the list.

Come down to your nearest Wharf to collect a bag between the hours of 8am and 12.00pm  NOTE: Low Tide at 7.30am!
Bring gloves, sunscreen, hat, sensible clothes and footwear – and don’t forget to bring some water too!  

Toby and his crew will be out on the Laurel Mae to collect material.

Here is a link to the Clean Up Australia website:
About the event - Clean Up Australia Day


International Folk Dancing

Saturday 29 February till August 2020


How Good is Saving the Planet?

Sustainable Tips from the Offshore Climate Action Group.

This month: Reducing Food Waste, by Hazel Malloy.

Reducing food waste is ranked #3 by global environmental research group Project Drawdown as a solution that exists right now for reducing greenhouse gases, and it’s something we all can do, right now, to reduce our carbon footprint.

For more about Project Drawdown and the other solutions to combat climate change that they identified, and how they are ranked, see https://www.drawdown.org.

Why is food waste so important? It’s a double whammy: food production makes greenhouse gases at every stage, and if we waste the food we bring home and it ends up in the rubbish bin, the methane it generates when it rots in landfill has 34 times the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide. About half the “biogas” generated from landfill is methane (the other half is carbon dioxide and other gases).

Sure, it is possible to capture methane from landfill using biogas technology, and that’s a worthwhile solution on its own, but it makes more sense to not generate the methane in the first place. Capturing methane from landfill is way down the Project Drawdown list, ranked #58.

So how can we reduce food waste? EASY: don’t put food waste into landfill. Buy what you can realistically use, and start composting.  Composting also has many benefits on its own, and helps to put carbon back into soil instead of letting it escape into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas.

Top tips for keeping food from rotting in the fridge

  • Buy less so that you can keep track of what you have that needs eating
  • Label and freeze leftovers or eat them for lunch the next day
  • If shopping lists and meal plans don’t suit your style, cook a “fridge mess” meal once a week to use up odds and ends – it may be not be elegant but it sure can be tasty, especially if you have some herbs (see next item)
  • Don’t buy herbs. Instead establish a small herb garden in a shady spot near your kitchen door and dig in lots of compost – parsley is very easy, especially if you can toss your dishwashing water on it (ask Tracy Smith if you want some parsley seeds as she has a lot)
  • If you buy herbs, make pesto to extend their fridge life, and have ready for instant meals. You can omit the nuts and cheese, and use any herb or mix of herbs (not just basil). The result will still be good. https://www.101cookbooks.com/pesto-recipe/
  • When you buy vegetables that have roots on them (or are roots), don’t put them in the fridge. Plant them! You can do this with beetroots, carrots, ginger, shallots, or potatoes. Just tuck them in the well-composted soil in your herb garden, and pull them up as you use them (note: does not work too well for coriander) – thanks to Tracy Smith for this tip
  • Leafy vegetables – wrap in a damp cloth or paper towels in a plastic box or bag in the fridge – they need humidity to stay fresh but any water sitting directly on vegetables will rot them. Store veg like zucchini or broccoli loose in your fridge drawer, ( in mesh bags) - they will rot more quickly in sealed plastic bags.
-Hazel Malloy

 Next month, Home Composting by Hazel!

The Offshore Climate Action Group meets monthly to discuss local and global climate solutions.

Join us at the rally on Sat 22nd at 2pm for the Climate Crisis National Day of Action at Sydney Town Hall.

Next meeting, Sat 29/03, 3pm-4pm in the SI Hall.

Contact Jess on 0422 474 279 for more info


Pittwater Offshore Wine Syndicate

Sunday March 1st 2020 from 3pm


Pittwater's Only Wine Syndicate Newsletter
All the Wine that's fit to Drink :)
As promised, the tasting notes for our next tasting. Some excellent reds I note and winter (believe it) will be here before we know it.

Click image to download PDF
At the boatshed of Karen and Michael on the north side of Scotland Island. A joint tasting with Greg and Louise and an occasion I am sure you will enjoy.

Remember to bring
Tasting notes and price list printed, as attached. (It really is important that the 'organisers' above us know where the wine is ordered from)
Tasting glass
Something in the way of food to provide an excuse to taste the wine. We usually share the food and you help yourselves as the afternoon progresses.
Your good humour.

1st march

DATE: Sunday March 1st 2020 from 3pm

Apple Tree Therapy Workshops

Explore Your Wild Wholeness

4 Thursdays 27th February- 19th March

WIld Wholeness

The Explore Your Wild Wholeness
course is a beautiful way to give yourself time in nature and to experience connecting with nature in new ways. It will give you the time and space to meet new sides to yourself. Connect with your innocent self, the beauty and awe of being in the here and now. Re-connect to listening deeply to nature and being in conversation with the natural world around you, your wild indigenous self will be ignited. Listen to nature’s wisdom and honour your own wisdom being mirrored back to you. Feel Mother earth’s and Father’s sky support as you connect with your compassionate nurturing self. 

There is much talk at the moment of the need for humans to re-wild, to see ourselves as part of the natural world.  I feel this course will provide you with many experiences to connect to this oneness with nature and I feel honoured to be offering this course at this time on planet earth. I believe that with greater connection to nature we cannot help but want to be in harmony with it.

Shamanic Journeying

6 Week Course starting Tuesday 3rd March19th

Shamanic Journeying

The Shamanic Journeying
course will teach you the art of shamanic journeying, an ancient way of leaving the ego and safely entering altered states of consciousness. The purpose of journeying is to gain new information, new resources and new insights that would not be available to you if you stayed in your ego.

The shamanic medicine wheel is a map of wholeness, and each week you will journey around a different direction of the medicine wheel connecting to and experiencing the different qualities and resources available to you in each one.

Shamanic journeying is a very powerful tool which can be used for experiencing visions, connecting to your inner strength, healing yourself and gaining wisdom for the benefit of yourself, family, community and the earth.

Kindred Families Yoga and Tai Chi Retreat

17-19 April 2020 The Barringtons NSW


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