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It turns out that slugs love beer just as much as some humans do. It also turns out you can use beer to catch them by making a trap out of an empty plastic drink bottle (also a good way to use any plastic bottles you may have around the house instead of throwing them away). The wonderful people at Awapuni Nurseries have shared this easy to make, very effective slug catcher with us.
Forget about slug bait, let me introduce… Beer bait!
Simply cut the top off an empty fizzy drink bottle, leaving approximately 10cm of plastic from the lid. Make sure the lid is tightly screwed on.
Make a hole next to your lettuces large enough for the whole bottle neck to fit into. The open end of your plastic bottle should sit almost parallel with the soil.
Place three sticks approximately 15cm in height around your plastic bottle in the shape of a teepee.
Fill your bottle up to the halfway mark with beer (slugs aren’t fussy about the type of beer, but kids make sure you ask your parents first!).
To ensure that the beer is protected from rain, take the discarded end of your plastic fizzy drink bottle and cut off a section approximately 5cm from the end.
Balance this section on the three sticks you staked earlier. This will create a lid to protect the beer against rain.
Now all you have to do is sit back and wait. Overnight the slugs will slide their way into the beer. And don’t just stop with one beer bait bottle, make several and place them around your slug susceptible veges. Believe me you’ll be amazed by the results.
Did you know that Apple Cider Vinegar can help to treat Athletes Foot? Soaking your feet in an ACV and warm water bath helps to create an acidic environment to kill off foot fungus.
You’ll need two cups of pure Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother in, per litre of water. I recommend using our Green Goddess 100% Organic Apple Cider Vinegar as it’s a premium product made in New Zealand from the best possible ingredients.
Soak your feet for at least 10 minutes every day for ten days. Each time you pull your feet out, dry off and then use a cotton ball to apply fresh ACV directly onto the affected area. Leave this on to help kill off the bacteria. When the fungus has gone, continue with the foot bath for a further two days to ensure it does not come back.
A few weeks ago we were driving from Northcote to Takapuna and noticed a car stopped on the side of the road with a door wide open in a no stopping zone, a man then climbed through the bushes bordering the reserve carrying what looked like a very expensive bike.
Due to traffic we had to keep moving, but we did have time to record the make of the car and number plate. Later that day Grant went to see the two bike shops that are on the other side of the reserve, one of them was missing an $8000.00 mountain bike. Because of our actions the offenders have since been found and prosecuted, we can only hope they won’t re-offend.
Bike theft, unfortunately, is steadily on the rise. SNAP is an awesome initiative set up by the NZ Police, designed to help track stolen property – you can register your bike and other belongings online. With March tipped to be the worst month for bike theft, as per this report from Newshub, it’s a good idea to register your bikes serial number and other details on SNAP asap.
Other measures you can take to ensure the safety of your bike are using a U Shackle bike lock that can’t be cut off with bolt cutters, and storing your bike away from prying eyes. You can also record all your other personal assets on SNAP too, along with photos and relevant details, it’s a great free community service.
Register your bike and personal effects now at SNAP
For stickers warning you have recorded your assets serial numbers go here
From now on when you order, all your items will only be packed in corrugated cardboard and paper in an effort to reduce plastic waste. We’ll only use bubble wrap when packing larger glass items as they need extra care and hopefully, you can reuse the bubble wrap as we often find ourselves doing. We are always looking for better alternatives and welcome any suggestions from you, too.
We’ve got another wonderful product from Holistic Hair to add to our growing range, Scalp Treatment Oil at the very reasonable price of $25.99 for 50mls. The soothing blend of Calendula, Chamomile and Jojoba relieves irritated or itchy scalps by calming inflammation whilst moisturising. For the best results use on a weekly basis. Massage into your scalp (I like to think healing thoughts when doing this!) leave on for a minimum of 30 minutes, wash out and shampoo and condition as normal (hopefully with more Holistic Hair products to maintain your happy healthy scalp and look after the planet too).
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Save 15% off on our face creams this week and an extra 10% when you use your points for the purchase. That’s 25% off in total and we know you like to make the most of our face cream specials, so stock up and perhaps get some early Christmas shopping done at the same time.
click here to buy Wendyl’s rose or lavender face creams.
Good news! We’ve changed the deodorant ingredients slightly to give you a better consistency and a smoother creamier feel. I’m loving the way they easily glide on while holding their form better in the tin. This new consistency means all our deodorants are very gentle on your skin while still smelling great and of course – they do not contain any carcinogens.
With all the information out today about how many toxins we are exposed to that create a plethora of health issues, is it really a good idea to be adding more directly into your lymph system by applying a commercial deodorant or worse an antiperspirant under your arms?
The lymph system is constantly working to remove toxins from your body and one way it does this is by excreting them through your armpits. Putting an antiperspirant with aluminium (a substance that blocks your pores and has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s) in this area is not a wise choice, but using our all natural deodorants is!
We are now completely out of the Grey Lynn Shop and have moved everything to our home in Northcote, 7B Arahia Street. We are fully stocked and managed to get almost everything away and organised, which has taken a bit longer with school holidays interrupting the process. If anyone would like to come and purchase stock direct from us , we will have the cabin (shop) open from 10.30am – 2.30pm Tuesday to Thursday. Please make sure you park on the street and walk down the short drive, the cabin is easy to see once you’re around the corner. If it looks like no one is there, ring the bell and Grant or myself will be out in no time.
Make the most of our points system this week! All purchases of Wendyl’s products will earn double the number of points this week. So for every dollar you spend, you earn two points and with Christmas just around the corner, this is a great chance to accumulate your points for Christmas shopping with us. click here to shop now.
We love taking Cruz for a walk off the lead in Auckland. There are some great spots for a good romp. A couple of weeks ago we noticed he was getting a bad rash under his belly where he has less fur. We know it’s not from his diet as we have already sorted that out, so what caused this mysterious outbreak? As it turns out, it’s Auckland City Council spraying weeds and path edges causing the grass along the side that he runs through to be covered in toxic chemicals!! Of course, we couldn’t tell that this had happened at the time – it only became apparent later on when everything started to die off.
For the past 20 years, many parts of Auckland (and other regions) have enjoyed chemical-free vegetation control measures with the use of organic herbicides, hot water, and steam which are effective and risk-free. So why are they now increasing the use of chemicals on almost every street and park in Auckland while ignoring the huge number of scientific reports that link glyphosate to cancer, hormone disruption, birth defects, neurological issues – the list goes on.
To voice my dissatisfaction I signed up to this site http://sprayfreestreets.nz/join-us/ Here you can add your name to their open letter and you can volunteer to help in a number of ways. If you are in the Auckland area Council are meeting tomorrow September 1st 9.30am in the Town Hall to agree to the scope of the Weed Management review. The more people showing their support for chemical free safe options, the more likely they are to listen. You can view the agenda here.
We’ve got 3 new scents of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soaps for you! From now on we’ll be stocking both the Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castile soaps (237ml) and the bar soaps (140g) in Sandalwood and Jasmine, Cherry Blossom, and Green Tea scents. Order one today and try them out in our laundry and cleaning recipes.
For those of you who are keen makers of your own products at home, we’re also stocking the 3.78 litre bottles of the liquid Castile in Rose, Lavender, and Baby Mild, too!
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Easter is nearly upon us and that usually means a complete overindulgence in chocolate! We wanted to send our grand-daughters in the US something healthy but in the end we were constrained by distance and availability so their Mum and Dad will be forced to ration their very American Frozenbaskets when they arrive!
If they were here though I’d definitely be following some of the ideas I found in this article. and maybe you’d like to too. Although I’m not sure how many kids will appreciate a bunch of carrots! Still there are some nice ideas for peanut butter eggs and cheesy rabbits!
I’ve been a bit of a bore this week as I’ve been unable to talk about anything else except a book calledSwallow This – serving up the food industry’s darkest secrets, by Joanna Blythman.
Joanna is a UK food investigative journalist, and like me, has a deep interest in what is being put in our processed foods. For this book she goes undercover to the Food International show where there is no food but lots of companies who make fake food and additives.
What she discovers is worth knowing and even though I do this work every week for the NZ Herald I learned so much more from her book. Like the fact that producers are fast attempting to change the classification of many of their harmful ingredients from ingredients to “processing agents”, which means they don’t have to put them on the label. One of these processing agents is a mixture of acids which they dip fresh fruit in to stop it browning and decaying so that when you buy a tub of “fresh” fruit salad it could actually be up to 10 days old.
If you’re interested, have a look atthis excerpt in the Guardian and ask your local bookshop to get it in for you. It’s published by Harper-Collins.
Our strawberries haven’t exactly produced a huge crop this year, but they are first year plants which we put in the berry house. The previous owners of our house up north had built a berry house which was covered in weeds when we moved in. So Paul and I got in and weeded and discovered to our joy that we also managed to revive a number of what we think are raspberry or blackberry plants. So they have come back quite happily and next year I’m hoping we’ll see a good crop.
One of my old books suggested a tea using strawberries and their leaves. So I gathered a few leaves and fruit and made it up – delicious. I thought you guys might enjoy this too as a change from commercial fruit tea bags.
If you don’t have strawberry plants just use the fruit.
3 strawberry leaves
2 strawberries, sliced
Place these into a small pot and cover with nearly boiling water, enough to fill a teacup, not a mug. Do not use completely boiling water so as not to ruin the flavour and benefits of the tea.
Cover with a saucer or lid and leave to steep for five minutes. Pour into a cup and enjoy. This will be a very light green colour so don’t expect it to be bright red!
I read an interesting article in the Sunday Telegraph at the weekend about make-up artist Rose-Marie Swift who is the founder of the organic beauty brand RMS. She says this about anti-ageing procedures: “I’d never do it. I think there’s something missing in [a person’s] soul when they do that to their face.” I totally agree with her and I loved her steps to natural beauty and wanted to share them with you, because I do all of them (even if I don’t look as great as she does!):
Rose-Marie Swift’s five steps to natural beauty
1. A good night’s sleep.
2. A green juice in the morning. It takes two seconds to make. If you can’t juice, put it in the blender. A little bit of fruit, some kale leaves, a bit of lemon, add some berries to sweeten it. It tastes amazing and you’ve got more fibre than you need for the day in that one juice.
3. A little bit of sun. We need 20 minutes a day in the sun – it’s the only way to get real vitamin D. When you wear sunscreen, you don’t get the vitamin D from the sun – if you don’t have enough vitamin D, it can cause cancer and depression.
4. Fasting. It gives your organs a break and lets them rest – in the same way that when you sleep at night, it energises you for the day. But we don’t give any rest to our organs when we’re eating really late at night – our bodies are digesting food all night long, so never eat late at night.
5. Drink as much clean water as you can, to flush. I always say the solution to pollution is dilution. It just cleans it out. And never have pop [fizzy drinks]. Never use diet sweetener. Ever.
You can read the article here.
I’ve spent the week up north making the most of some sunshine to clean up after the storm and plant out six camellias, dozens of pansies, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and, in pride of place, an almond tree and a pomegranate. I’ve also sprayed my orchard to help the trees cope with an infestation of lichen and to get rid of any bugs. The poor trees have been rather neglected for some years so I’ve had some neighbouring trees chopped down to let more light in, had all the trees
pruned and they are already fertilised by our eco-sewerage system, so I’m fairly confident we’ll get a good crop of fruit this year.
Our drive up here was a little hairy as the storm damage to the roads north was pretty severe. As I write this SH1 is still closed near Kawakawa.
The whole experience has given me a new understanding of rural life and an admiration for those who can weather days of power cuts and main highways closed.
I’ve also decided to take my father’s old four-wheel drive off his hands and keep it up here. If you’re going to live in the country a tiny Prius or a Toyota Corolla just won’t cut it!
Oh and I raided the local hardware store for battery-powered lamps, torches and a hurricane lamp. Although you really can’t beat those plain white National candles in the yellow boxes sold in supermarkets for throwing out a lot of light. They beat my fancy pants tea cup candles hands down in the power cut last week.
Daniel has said we need to get rid of all our old stock and so this week only you can get two 500g laundry powders for just $15. That’s a big saving considering they just have the old labels on. And you never know Daniel might throw in something else from the old stock he has lying around.
When you go to check out let him know your favourite flavours in the comments box and he’ll do his best to match them up as long as he still has some in stock. But it really is a lucky dip situation.
To stock up now click here to buy now.
While I was away I was pleased to see in most of the European cities I visited there were charge stations for electric cars and in one case a BMW motorbike in Barcelona. In New Zealand in the Far North the council has bought an electric car and says that anyone else with an electric car can use their charge station for free.
It frustrates me that electric car technology has been held up for so long because a) the oil companies aren’t interested in technology which prevents them making money of oil and b) the technology has been protected behind copyright and intellectual property laws.
So I was delighted to see that Eion Musk, the creator of the Tesla electric car in the US, has shared the plans for his electric car in the hope that this will mean more companies will make them and get them out there for everyone to use.
I came back to this article by Sam Judd in the NZ Herald which complimented me, on a local scale, for sharing my IP and information.
I still have people tell me what a bad idea it is to give away my recipes but I don’t believe that withholding information just so that you can charge people for it is a moral thing to do. Especially when you are trying to make the world a better place. I have always said that the more people who use and share my recipes then the better it is for the environment and so far this is working. Just look at the 11,882 people who read my newsletter every week because someone told them about it and they joined our community. That’s quite an achievement so don’t be shy about keeping the information out there and passing it on through social networks or forwarding the newsletter to friends if you subscribe to it.
I arrived home to the news that I had made theReader’s Digest most trusted list – coming in at 67! I was so happy to be on there and grateful to those of you who must have voted for me – so thank you. As you know I have always worked hard to share any information I have, such as my recipes and information for free so that through you the world will be a better place. And I guess through this newsletter and my Wendyl Wants to Know column in the NZ Herald people know that they can trust what I say.
I told our daughter Pearl and said “that just tells me that my work here is done. I can now retire happy.”
She looked a little alarmed at the word “retire” and of course I’m not about to put my feet up yet, but of all the things I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud of that achievement because it means something.
I used to think selling thousands of copies of a magazine I was editing was a great achievement but not any longer!
Well that was a long time to be away from New Zealand and I was really glad to get back at the weekend to my lovely family and friends.
But now I’m missing the luxury that is holiday life, never having to do dishes, cook a meal or make a bed and sitting on the ship staring at the ocean for hours on end.
We had a fabulous time with our group of 14 and loved every place we visited from Cinque Terre, to Milan, to Barcelona and Croatia, which were my favourites.
In Venice I was amazed to find that I walked straight from my hotel to Dorsoduro and the apartment I always stay in, without getting lost once, which is quite a feat in Venice. And then I wandered around the square and had a slice of pizza from my favourite place and had dinner at the little restaurant on the corner. It was so lovely to be back, even if it was only for 24 hours.
I had a look at some chandeliers but then saw the most beautiful Wedgwood blue rough linen in Venice which I just had to have. So I swapped the chandelier for the blue linen and carted it home – even though it was very, very heavy!
While I was away I visited a lot of gardens in Italy and came back with so many ideas for my garden up north. They grow a lot of the same plants as us, such as geraniums, hydrangeas (which are called hortensia, such a lovely name) and impatiens. They’re also big on camellias and so I am now inspired to cover a bank in camellias so that I have wonderful winter flowers.
We are now stocking WeWOOD earth friendly watches Designed in Florence, Italy, WeWOOD make a sophisticated, luxurious range of watches, designed to be 100% natural and free of artificial and toxic materials.
WeWOOD’ s unique philosophy of crafting beautiful timepieces from only sustainable or scrap wood has captured the attention of eco-friendly consumers around the world. This philosophy to not harm, but rather to improve our planet, has seen WeWOOD pledge to plant one tree for every watch sold – restoring nature, one watch at a time. Since 2011, WeWOOD has planted over 300,000 trees.
WeWOOD’s collection uses six types of wood sourced from around the world: African Blackwood, Verawood, Indian Rosewood, Maple, Tasmanian Blackwood and Teak. Care is taken to make sure that each type of wood chosen is durable, sturdy and looks great.
WeWOOD uses state-of-the-art Miyota movement parts in each watch’s instrumentation. The engineering is as meticulous as it would be with any high quality watch.
You can find out more about the WeWOOD range at www.we-wood.co.nz.
We have a WeWOOD Metis Black watch valued at $120 to giveaway to one lucky reader.
Simply send your name and address with “Win a WeWOOD watch” in the subject line to [email protected]. WeWOOD NZ will subscribe you to their fabulous mailing list, and we’ll select a winner.