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A National LETS conference.

by Claire 6/5/2007 10:05:00 AM

Wow how exciting.
Today our LETS president dragged me along to a meeting organised by the founder of many of the LETS systems in this state. I had no idea what the meeting was going to be about, and lately I've been rather disillusioned with LETS, so wasn't expecting much.
It turns out that this man has just attended a LETS conference in Germany and has brought home some exciting ideas for us to build on over here.
LETS is a great idea but I have felt for a while that it needs to mature before it can really make a difference in communities on a sustainable basis. Well apparently it is maturing, with ideas like C1-C4 currencies and "re-localization", we here at Swan Hills LETS just haven't woken up to it yet.
A National LETS Conference is to be organised, to discuss ideas on how to make LETS sustainable into the future.

 

Edit:  Unfortunately this didn't eventuate.  What a shame. 

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And what have I got to show for it?

by Claire 6/5/2007 9:42:00 AM

Yesterday we had a bit of a cleanup & I chucked out most of the 2 boxes of uni notes that I'd been hording for years. I wasn't brave enough to throw the lot so I kept some projects & stuff from most of my 2nd, 3rd & honours year units. The rest went to the recycling, about 4/5ths by volume. Now that's brave don't you think!

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Claire, fishin chick

by Claire 1/1/2007 8:13:00 PM


Been to Jurien this Christmas - lot's of fishing, lots of fun. Check out this garfish!

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Origami Hexagon

by Claire 1/1/2007 8:13:00 PM

Father Christmas left "Fabulous Origami Boxes" by Tomoko Fuse for me this year - a lot of fun, highly recommended. I found I wanted to line the hexagon box though and a cut hexagon didn't look right, so I came up with this folded hexagon which if made with the same sized paper as the box or just a little smaller, locks perfectly into the bottom of Tomoko's hexagon box. Also it doesn't have any creases to spoil the look. Give it a go, here's the pdf diagram.

hexagon.pdf (17.87 kb)

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Walking in the Perth Hills, be wary of snakes

by Claire 12/31/2006 8:13:00 PM

In the hills here there are a lot of snakes but by luck we haven't run into any in the last few years. This year though, I've had 3 close encounters with snakes in a 3 week period at the beginning of the hot season, 2 just up the road from here in some bushland behind Kalamunda Glades Shopping Centre, the other in Jurien Bay on a path through some bush behind the beach.
The snakes near here were both juvenile dugites (I think), both times they were soaking up the sun on the path when I nearly stepped on them. Only after stepping over/around them did they move on, so sluggish were they. The first time it happened I started watching the path more closely as I walked along, but the 2nd snake I also failed to see despite watching, because I was watching the path a couple of meters ahead. I've now come to the conclusion that you need to watch where you are putting your feet, so look down, look down always. Ofcourse this puts a real downer on bushwalking.
We encountered the Jurien snake while riding bikes along the bush track next to the beach. The kids went through about 10 metres ahead of me. The snake crossed the path right infront of my bike and had I not braked I would have hit it with my front tyre. Our dog jumped out of the basket to have a closer look but luckily the snake had gotten across the path & into the bush by then, and I had a hold of the dog by her lead. The snake was long & almost black, either a Gwardar or Dugite probably, after talking to some locals about it. Very scary experience, almost put me off going outside!
Now 3 close encounters in 3 weeks has got to be the universe trying to tell me something, so I took notice & did some calling to CALM, read some books & internet sites and here's my advice to anyone who lives around here and isn't prepared.

My advice when bushwalking in summer - please be prepared.

Hey I'm no expert but here's my 2 cents.

  1. Snakes are out and about all summer but in my opinion the huge danger time is the first few weeks of heat when the snakes are coming out to warm up - they're everywhere & they're in the clearings (like paths) where it's sunny and you are walking. They are sluggish and do not get out of the way as quickly as you might think at this time of the year. Very easy to step on them even if you're alert because they look just like a stick! The colouring of dugites is very variable and they tend to take on the colour of the surrounding bush ofcourse.
  2. In midsummer it is also dangerous but atleast the snakes probably move away faster when they sense you coming. Now I'm talking mainly about dugites - they are shy snakes and will keep away if they can, on the other hand tiger snakes are agressive - I am very glad we don't generally get those around here (touching wood). Talking of other poisonous snakes I believe we also get a kind of death adder around here that likes to hide in mulch - sounds wonderful doesn't it - a good reason to stick to cleared paths.
  3. If you must walk in the bush in summer then take a backpack with a charged mobile phone, and a large compression bandage, (PUT A BANDAGE IN YOUR BACKPACK NOW!) just in case. Also wear closed in shoes and long pants, boring I know. I have taken to using the roads rather than the bush tracks to bring the kids home from school as they are in sandals and shorts & after my experiences this year I can't bear the thought of their little ankles exposed.
  4. Look down at your feet all the time, you must look ahead also ofcourse but believe me, it is very easy to miss a snake that is lounging in the sun so I reckon you've got to be super aware.
  5. If you encounter a snake, act non-threatening, back off calmly & wait for it to get away.
  6. If bitten, the correct treatment is to
    1. first wrap the limb from the site of the bite, then down the limb, then back up the limb if you have enough bandage. Firm but not tight enough to cut off circulation - the idea is to slow down the passage of the venom (through the lymph system I believe). Please keep in mind I'm no expert, but I believe that's the correct way to apply a bandage.
    2. Second, immoblize - don't walk. Sit or lie down & wait for help.
    3. Third, ring an ambulance and give them clear directions to find you - do not let the victim walk. Ofcourse if someone can carry the victim to the nearest road that might make sense. Do not wash the bite site - that might be needed for identification at hospital. Don't remove the bandage either, that would free up the circulation.
  7. Please read this article http://www.usyd.edu.au/anaes/venom/snakebite.html
  8. Snakes in WA are rightly protected by the Wildlife Conservation Act so don't try & kill one.
  9. Don't get paranoid. It will probably never happen, but for goodness sakes, go buy a bandage & put it in your backpack now! And if you have a mobile phone then take it with you when walking alone. Also remember that the European honeybee is more likely to kill than a dugite, and that only a small proportion of snakebites actually cause illness as the fangs often don't penetrate far enough. But for this reason too children & dogs are more vulnerable so you need to take snakes seriously if walking with little ones.

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24 books in 24 hours

by Claire 10/21/2006 7:00:00 PM

24 books going out into the wild today as part of an Australian bookcrossing record attempt. Keep your eyes peeled if you're out and about today, there are going to be a lot of books looking for new owners.

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Mass release of wild books this Saturday

by Claire 10/18/2006 7:00:00 PM

This Saturday October 21st there will be a record number of wild books let loose! See here for details. If you don't know what bookcrossing is then click on my bookshelf on the right there to see what it's all about. Love books? Then set them free!

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This is not a blog

by Claire 7/4/2006 7:00:00 PM
Never kept a diary, probably never will, so I'm probably not a blogger either. Have toyed with the idea of late but have done nothing but dip the tip of my little toe in. It could be because I'm shy, it could be because I have nothing to say - probably the latter

Anyway, welcome to my personal website, I am very glad you made it here. I have chosen a blog format because it seems like a good way to keep everything up to date.

I just created this website. Do you like it? Does it work? What is rubbish about it?

Nuff said.

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