The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Feather your Nest Friday, 17th August, 2018.

I am in a strange time between two houses with lots of travel!  So this has been a long week!
I know it won't last forever but just now I have two houses that are a complete mess!
In the city we are packing up,  doing last minute renovations to get ready to sell in Spring. Even though we had done a lot and some areas look great such as the bathroom which we already renovated and all the painting I did there is still stuff to do to sell.  And loads of packing.
And at the farm house there has been enormous progress!  But that is a mess too with drop sheets and tins of paint everywhere,  old lighting pulled out, cupboard doors are off, carpet pulled up...
Actually at the farmhouse it is exciting!  As things are done I can see how beautiful it is.  For instance horrible old carpet hid beautiful wooden floorboards.  In the kitchen really old faded lino hid stunning natural wood flooring.  So it is kind of a process of peeling away things to reveal the treasure underneath!

Our week consisted of packing and a trip down to stay with Chloe and work at the house for a whole day on Monday.  That was a really good day!  Builders were there, lots of activity.  We worked on clearing around the house and I had a big bonfire as fire number one of a long series to get ready for summer.
Dad also came over to have a look.  He looked so happy!  He planned this for ages and here we were working and moving. So he was delighted.  We walked through the house together and I was pointing out so many things I love.

Andy was also helping Luke with some welding.  They were making fire pits out of old tractor disks.  For them this was also fun evidently as they seemed to having a great time!

Andy spent his first working years welding.  That was back when we went out when we were 16!

The fire pits look like giant sculptural flowers!

We met the cat.  Andy does not like cats.  They are right up there with goats on things he doesn't like.
However Herb worked on him for a fair while and possibly won him over a bit...

We needed to stay out of the way of builders so we worked in the yard.  There are a lot of dead trees and fallen branches and only about eight weeks until fire season begins.   So we cut wood, cragged branches and had a big bonfire.

At the end of the day we had cleaned up a couple of spots.  I think we have about thirty to go!  But it was good fun and we made an impact.

Out the front of the house it looks like this.  But out the back the scrub has come close to the house and that is where we need to do a lot of work.

Chloe looked after us for two nights.  She has the fire going and it is so nice. Soon we will be doing the same!   
I took down butter chicken and sides to help on the first night.  The second night Chloe did roast lamb and veggies and a cheesecake.

Now we are home pulling up carpet in one room that still has carpet over the top of floorboards.  This is going to take today and tomorrow I think.  And the mess....

I am just counting the hours until we can get back to the farm, see the progress and be working there. I think we have a few more days to go and we can head back. 

I know that I just have to hang on and it will only be two or so more weeks until I am out of this mess and we can actually move!  So each day that passes I am happy about!  

Amongst all this we had some savings.   Some were house related.  We have tried to recycle, re use and get ourselves set up in the best way possible.  I had some bargains too!   I stocked up on hair colour for an amazing 33c a box (vs the normal $19 a box) and I gave one of these bargain boxes to Chloe.   Well, she loved it and said can I get more?   She was in total shock it is 33c as it is superior to the one she was using for almost $20.  Yesterday I headed off thinking at this price I would be lucky to find more.  But there they were.  I bought a boot load.  When I got home I worked out we saved over $1,770.  Not bad! 

I really hope this time next week I can report loads of progress.  

How did you save, get ahead, build up your home or add to your pantry or preparedness this week?
It is amazing what a difference a week can make.  Take every opportunity and make hay while the sun shines!   Have a good weekend! xxx

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Feather your Nest Friday, 10 August, 2018.

I am happy to be able to write a Friday report!  I have been at the farm and got home later yesterday.
It was a big week!

Firstly there was packing and cooking meals and the usual stuff!
Then I was heading to the farm on Tuesday.  Before I left I made Mum some gluten free scones.

Mum really likes these!  😊  Dad said they looked so good and I told him they were gluten free then he lost interest. lol

This week we had so much rain.   A lot of Australia is in a terrible drought but we had a week of rain.  It rained all night before I left and at the farm it also rained heavily all night.
Much of the farm looked like a lake...

It was so wet Mum had Mountain Ducks on the front lawn.   When I was driving around I heard so much noise!  I thought what on earth is that?  I stopped and wound down the window....  the noise was just thousands of frogs!  

This trip I learned a lot. The first thing is I need to change my car to a four wheel drive.  The drive from Mum and Dad's to our house I cannot even attempt when it is wet like this in my little city car.
I went to see how our house is going in Mum's car.  After being used to a small car I felt like I was driving a monster!  

There was activity at our house.  A lot of activity!  Thanks to Dad and Mum I have a big help with this project.  There painters in there!  Having always painted myself and after I did this whole house a couple of years ago I am so thrilled at having help.   I do not have to paint it!!!!

This time I could look in all the cupboards and everything.  Old window treatments are down and I have a bare house.  It was amazing!   I went armed with measuring tape, note books and lists.
It was so much fun!  I have a lot of cupboards!   Most things were covered in paint drop cloths so I still didn't end up with many photos.  And things like windows have not been cleaned in YEARS.

However all the windows are big and gorgeous. 

I can see the old stone chimney from the spare room window.  I really like that chimney!

I took measurements in my pantry so I can plan my shelves!  This is one corner or the pantry...

This will be all fresh and white soon!

There are also great utility cupboards, two linen press cupboards, built in cupboards in all the rooms.  The garage is big too so if we wanted there is storage space in there.  And the laundry is ridiculous and I am going to think about that but I am going from a tiny laundry to a huge one!  

As the painters had undercoated almost everything things already were transformed and were beginning to look clean and fresh.  It was so exciting.   
Meanwhile back at home Andy went and got new tap ware and new vanities for the bathrooms. Next we have to shop for lighting. 

I chose paint colours and the kitchen cupboards were the biggest decision!   And in one of those cupboards was the original manual that came with the stove!!!

I timed the distance between Mum and Dad's and the house, between Chloe's and us etc.... it is seven minutes to get to Chloe's!   

There have been big storms and trees down.  Mum's friend Di brought a big box over for me.  Guess what was inside!? 

The hugest nest I have ever had!  It came down with a tree.  She knew I would love it!  And I have plans... you will see when I do my mantle piece!   Seriously, I told Di you could not give me a nicer gift! 

On the way home I called into a op shop.  (That was yesterday.)  I found Harper a book of Princess weddings!  She will love this.  We have been telling her about weddings a lot because of Chloe's wedding coming up.  Now she is a wedding enthusiast! 

Also I got a bargain!   I have never bought anything from Enjo because of the prices.  But there was a pile of Enjo cleaning cloths.  I asked the lady about the price.  She said how about $6 for the lot?

So I grabbed all five.  When I got home I googled the uses and prices.  I knew they were expensive but these are around $50 EACH!   They are in good condition and clean but I washed and disinfected them last night.  

We are heading back to the farm together to start working.  We have heaps to do.  Andy will start on understanding the water tanks and pumps, irrigation, cutting wood and fire preparedness.   I will start on scrubbing the giant kitchen sink,  steam cleaning the bathrooms and laundry and windows...

So that was my week!  

How did you save, get ahead,  improve your pantry or preparedness and build up your home?  I hope it was a good week for you.   It is good to take stock of what we achieved.  Rest, restore and plan some more!  Have a beautiful weekend! xxx

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Feather your Nest Friday, 3 August, 2018.

I hope you had a good week!  We have had lots of rain which is fantastic.  Lots of Australia in in drought and we had rain that has gone on for hours and hours and all night.

Things are not normal here with packing up, working on getting this house ready to sell and planning what to do first at the farm house.
I have boxes everywhere!  We are going back in a week and a bit so we will fill up Andy's van with things to take.

I did have a few savings.  I got $30 in Flybuy points which I will turn into $60 of groceries.  I am saving this for building up my new pantry.

I made yoghurt, baked custards and all the meals as usual.

I also worked on my use it up challenge and made a couple of meals from things in the fridge and freezer.   The freezer is gradually emptying out.

We have so many plans and so much to do!   I have a notebook just to keep track of moving.   While we are keeping the vintage kitchen and stove the counter tops need renewing so we are replacing those and I have been picking out what to have.  There are some other things to pick out i.e. new shower screen and paint colours.

I have so many lists!

The lady who was living in the house had a great collection of chickens...

These Silkies were white and grey.  I put in an order as Harper and Scarlett would love these! 
She told me that a nearby town has two chicken auctions per year where you can get all kinds of varieties of chooks.  So we are planning to go to that!   We will have to work out how many to get!  I think attending a country chicken auction has to be a fantastic day out! 

Other news is Chloe and Luke now have a cat.  First of all Chloe got chickens when she found out a neighbour had moved out and they left the chooks behind.  By the time knew what had happened  some had already died and she rescued the rest.  From this she got a great variety of chickens and also ended up being allowed to have the whole hen house, feed bins etc! 
This time.... people moved out of a house and left their cat behind.  Luke found out about this and started feeding the cat.  New people were moving in to this house and they said they hate cats and would shoot it.  So you can guess what happened next.  Now Chloe has a cat. 
This is ok... she has a large lawn around her house and all the birds are big ones like cockatoos.  The cat can keep down the mice and this will help with snakes.  So he has a job!

He seems to love Chloe.  We already save all bones and meat scraps for Sully (the dog) so now we will do the same for Herb. Yes, his name is Herb!

Last week I felt like we were waiting waiting to go see the house.  How time drags by when you are waiting!
Now I am waiting waiting to go back and get working! 

I want to share some photos...

The first is from Jen in NC.  She always has an amazing garden and inspires me with what I want at the farm...

Jen is bringing in veggies but she says the heat has hit the garden in recent days.   We will have this problem too Jen.  I put sheets over some things on the worst days.

And Vicky... she has worked so hard on her garden and is now harvesting too...

How beautiful the cabbages look!  The whole scene is gorgeous!  I dreamed of space like this and now I will have it! 

This is the time for them to be filling their shelves!  And for us it is the time in winter to be waiting to start.

I know soon my waiting time will turn into being so busy and getting ready for summer.   Summer will be the hardest time at the farm as fires are our main worry and it gets very hot.  Winter will be glorious with two fires going and an endless wood supply! 

How was your week?  How did you build up your home, save, get ahead, add to your pantry? 
I hope you have a lovely weekend! xxx

Monday, 30 July 2018

Bluebirds Farmhouse.

I am really sorry I have been missing.  It feels terrible to not even write Feather your Nest Friday.  Soon I will be back to normal!

On Friday afternoon we travelled to the farm to stay with Chloe.  This was so exciting as we were getting to finally see inside the farmhouse that is to be ours and we could do this Saturday morning.
Friday evening Chloe cooked us dinner and the excitement was building!   Her house has a beautiful view of trees and the moon rising.   As we chatted the hugest moon rose in front of us.
It turned out to be the Blood Moon eclipse ...  we could not see the red but it was an incredible HUGE moon and we just stood there watching it.

Many of you would have seen the blood moon that night.  I just thought here we were on the cusp of an exciting new adventure and look at the moon! 

The next morning we headed off to see the house.  Dad had said to me how he hoped I would not be disappointed in it.  As we drove over (it is about five minutes from Chloe's house)  the sun was shining.  The farm looked beautiful and green and lovely.
We took notice of everything and stopped and took photos at the front in the driveway.
The drive way is 800 meters long.  A meter is close enough to a yard in my opinion lol to give you an idea.
This is tree lined and very pretty.

Stepping inside was an anxious moment!  The first room was kind of a mud room come sun room.  It was literally full of light and almost all windows.   I love light!  I love windows!

The view out the windows beyond the garden beds is this...

There are garden beds immediately around the house. They are well laid out but full of weeds until I make them over!

The outlook so pretty.  And each room has huge windows and some rooms have windows on two sides.   They are big wooden framed with thick old fashioned glass. 
I was amazed.  Things I always wanted were there, even things I had forgotten to ask for.
The floors are wooden floorboards and a nice pale colour as if I ordered those.
There are two big fireplaces.

The kitchen!  It has vintage farmhouse cupboards.  They go all the way to the ceiling.  I LOVE them. Someone said I would pull out the old kitchen.  No way!  This is so country, farmhouse and gorgeous and I love them!   Even the stove is vintage farmhouse... and it works like a dream so that is staying too...

It is a St. George Supermatic.  I googled and I can still download the whole manual!  Even spare parts if I need anything.  

Then there is a walk in pantry!  Beautiful wooden shelves with a window at the end.  It is gorgeous. I have always wanted a walk in pantry!  

There are built in cupboards in each room and enough rooms that Andy can have an office and I can have a craft room.

I could just keep going but you get the idea.  It is so wonderful.

Then there are funny and amazing things... for instance in the shed there was a big old bird cage.  A kind of Australiana corrugated iron homemade cage which is probably three times the size of the cage our rescue bird Ricky currently has.  So he too has a farmhouse.

I have always loved and keep chickens.  My Nanna B was like this too. She adored chickens and lemon trees!   And sure enough... out the back of the house is a huge chicken pen.  It even has plumbing!  Plumbing! 

I can't show photos of inside just yet as the people moving out still had things there. I cannot be publishing pictures of other peoples things.   But soon I can show before, during and after photos! 

We had two visits and three if you count also walking around the garden and area.  I knew it is all a miracle and as we drove out of the driveway to go back to Chloe's there was a rainbow over the paddocks.   I asked Andy to stop so I could take a photo as I felt the same as when I saw the full moon... how amazing!   And as I stood there a second rainbow appeared making it a double!

I was just amazed.  You couldn't make this stuff up!   Then my phone rang!  Chloe was saying "Mum, Mum do you see the rainbow!?"

Dad told me he had three goals for this year, his 81st.  One of them was that I would come back to the farm.  So he smashed that one out of the ball park! 

When we got home I rang Dad to tell him how I love it.  He sounded so delighted!  I said the kitchen is beautiful!  I love the stove! He just laughed and sounded happy.

Life has come full circle for me.  When I was in high school my dream was to do up an old cottage on the farm.  I had a friend who lived nearby that was older than me.  She was married with two little girls.  Her name was Linda.  She was a stay at home Mum and knitted,  gardened and I just loved her!  
In school we were meant to choose a career.  I could never admit what I really wanted to do was live in the country and hopefully get married and have babies.  I thought I could craft and garden, be self sufficient and sell things and barter.  Ok there were holes in my plans and small details to overcome like the cottage was falling over!   But this was my dream and plan and Linda would be my neighbour.   
One night Linda had served dinner and was clearing the table.  She fell to the floor dead.  On her 28th birthday.
This pretty much decimated several years for me.  I became sick with glandular fever, missed a term of school,  took time off to help with her crying children... gave up my plan and my cottage...

The last time I saw her I was at her house.  We were looking out the window at a view like the one above.  She had been to the city to her uncles funeral.  She said to me how people make a huge fuss when someone dies but then they are forgotten so quickly. 
This was the last thing we really talked about.  Then weeks later she was gone. 
She had once told me how she just loved the name Lucy but her husband didn't like it so she had two daughters with other names.    This is how I came to name Lucy. 
Many many years later I saw her husband.  I told him how I had named my daughter Lucy for Linda. I said I think of her every day.  And he replied "really,  I never think of her." 
And so her words came back to me.  I often tell her Linda I have not forgotten you!   She had a big impact on me!  

And now here I am... this house would be maybe ten kilometres from that cottage and where Linda lived.  It just took thirty more years for it to happen! 
And this house is amazing with a kitchen I think is a dream.  Now some people would say it is an old kitchen but not me.  I say it is a vintage kitchen and gorgeous!

There are sheds and other buildings there which Andy loves too so he can have his tools and a workshop.  There is even an old shed with a big stone fireplace!

I am so excited and know we have a lot of work to do.  We are getting our city house ready to sell.  Over the next month we will move and sell up here.  
I am working on Bluebirds Farmhouse blog and I will keep The Bluebirds are Nesting going for all the preparedness, slow cooking and homemaking that we all built up there.

I have some replies to catch up on and will post updates and Feather your Nest Fridays at least usually! 
As we missed Friday's post... how have you been building up your home,  saving and getting ahead?  Did you add to your pantry?   

We are not changing direction here.  My blog has always been about being a Proverbs 31 woman.  The importance of homemaking.  Encouragement that there is a bigger picture and your work looking after your children is a high calling.  To make hay while the sun shines and to live fully in the season of life you are currently in.  We can have it all but not all at once!  
Furthermore to be prudent,  watchful, diligent and to live in a provident way.  Pat said this, about provident living...  and she is a great example.  To take every opportunity and everything we are blessed with and make something of it.  When you have a good season fill your pantry as bad seasons also come! 
My country farm house will enable me to have more chickens,  plant fruit trees,  have a pumpkin patch, a big veggie garden.   So we are taking the opportunity!

Have a great new week!  

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Feather your Nest Friday, 20th July, 2018.

This has been a HUGE week!  First I will start with my savings and house building...

This week I made two batches of yoghurt.

Mum gave me a supply postage stamps which are so handy.

Mum is also coming to town today.  Last night I made up a batch of Gluten Free scones to take over to her when she gets here.

Most of my life I have been the worst scone maker. Once my Nan stood next to me and we did them together.  Because I had touched them they still turned out like rocks. She was amazed! 
Eventually I decided to ignore all the tips on scones i.e. handle lightly etc and I mixed the dough in my bread maker.  It turned out!  Now I do them in the mix master and I add an egg and half a teaspoon of baking power.  They work!   These are just GF self raising Aldi flour, milk, one egg, a couple of spoons of melted butter and an extra bit of baking powder.  I make a soft dough the gently press it out. 

I put them fairly close together in the baking pan...

The oven needs to be good and hot!  Anyway you barely notice they are Gluten Free so Andy eats them happily.

I also make GF pizza bases.... just GF flour, olive oil, sprinkle of salt, water... made a nice dough and rolled it out.  Thee worked great and no yeast even!

Chloe came to dinner after the wedding dress fitting.  For desert I made a cheese cake in the slow cooker.  It was delicious!

I mended a jumper for Lucy.

I made a batch of facial scrub I use all the time. It is just fine dark (soft) brown sugar and pure honey. 
Bend them together.  It is messy so I do it in the bath.  But despite trying many fancy and expensive scrubs this is the best of all.  The girls who also have had fancy brands to try and worked in cosmetics  ask me to please make it up for them.  It gives you the smoothest skin.

I made banana cakes and used some yoghurt in these in place of sour cream.

I took these around to the girls.

I found another bargain book for my present cupboard for $2.

Lots of bits and pieces were used up in my use it up challenge.  Many odds and ends in the baking and the pizzas used up bacon, bocconcini and half a jar of tomato sauce all from the freezer.

It was a very cold and wet week.  But there is sunshine today so I have the washing machine going!

So when I said it was a big week... this is because Dad rang me Saturday night to tell me that our farmhouse will be ready to go and look through within the fortnight!  For this to happen Dad had to go to a lot of trouble... he needed to move a man out of there and to do that he had to fix up another house.... so it has all been a lot of effort.  And finally the end is in sight!

We have seen the house. We have seen the setting... the location is wonderful. It is five minutes from Chloe's house.  Less than half an hour to Mum and Dad's house.  
There is small town half an hour away and a large town an hour.   This is the driveway...

I am showing this as it is the stuff of my dreams.  I wanted somewhere that is not on a road,  that is set back and private.   And this is exactly what I am getting!  💗

But we have not seen inside!  It has been occupied but Chloe is familiar with it so I have some information.  And in the next couple of weeks we can go see for ourselves what we have to work with!  I know it has wooden floorboards which I love.  It has a walk in pantry!  It has some kind of sunroom...

I will be so excited and nervous to go in and see!   We are right on the edge of a whole new life. 
Since I started the Pantries and Preparedness series I started to feel we would be better off back in the country.  Then as time went on we both found ourselves feeling sad when we left the farm from Mum and Dad's or from Chloe's.   The farm is home.  I am going home.

There is a strong chance Lucy's family are also going too!  We are waiting to see on that one.  Wherever they are you know how I am about the girls I will be seeing them very often.

We are packing up, getting this house ready to sell,  using up food from the freezer, doing everything we can so that once we have access to the house we can be working on that!

I will post during this time as often as I can then we will go over to Bluebird's Farmhouse. 

How was your week?  How did you feather your nest and save?

Have a wonderful weekend! xxx

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Feather your Nest Friday, 13th July, 2018.

Thank you everyone for the great comments on Wednesday's Home Pharmacy post.  I will try to catch up on replies over the weekend.   Also can Shirley who contacted Karen Morris  please re email her... Karen messaged me that for some reason her reply to you keeps bouncing back to her.  She does not want you to think she has not replied!

This week our new mattress arrived!   I was so excited!  It came sealed and wrapped in giant plastic bags which I kept to re wrap it when we move house.
From night one we both noticed the difference in our sleep and comfort.  Just wow!
While everything was taken apart I washed the wool underlay and amazingly got it dry on the line as we had a full sunny day.

Some of the ways I saved and got ahead this week were:

With my phone contract a few weeks back I was able to get a free upgrade to a newer phone.  So I always take that right away.  I sold my old phone this week and amazingly got $260!

I made a dozen quiches in king size muffin trays.   I use ham or bacon in place of pastry.  They are really nice for breakfast or lunch.

I still have a lot of lemons so I made up a batch of Lemon Butter.   It is quite quick when you make it in the microwave.

It is so beautiful with all the yellow ingredients of the lemons (9) eggs and butter.

I love citrus in winter I think it seems so bright and cheery.  I say these are jars of sunshine!

I made melting moments, half were gluten free and half were normal flour.

A tin of these were for Chloe and Luke...

These remind me of biscuits my Nan used to make. She always had pale pink icing in the middle.  My baking used up some ingredients in my use it up challenge.

 I made Harper and Scarlett cup cakes before heading around there to see them...

I found two huge bargains for the present cupboard. Two good gifts for $2 each, marked down from $30!   Into the stash they go!

Later I found another gift for a child also for $2. 

I made two batches of yoghurt.

This week we had a major plumbing problem but Andy fixed it himself thankfully!
I also cut Andy's hair.

I made up some essential oil roller balls as a gift.  I made one set up as relaxation, sleep and calming blends and another as cold, flu and immunity blends.

These are so easy to make and have a high retail value but now that I have supplies on hand they do not cost very much to make.   Also I find it lovely to have the oils out and it makes me feel wonderful for the whole day as I will dab on things I love! 

I think that is about it!   Today I am having lunch with Chloe then heading off to her wedding dress fitting.  The sun is shining too! 

How did you build up your nest this week? 

I found  this lovely quote this week but I do not know who to attribute it to.
I thought this is the Proverbs 31 woman!

She's a dreamer
A Doer,
A thinker,
She sees possibilities everywhere.

That is us!  There are possibilities everywhere.  Take every opportunity!  
Learn new skills and put the word out there for things you are needing.   One of my new skills (kind of!) is using the oven much less and small appliances much more.  Mainly to save electricity.  I have had a week of cooking dinner in small appliances instead of the oven and with great success!  A small appliance is also easier to clean than a dirty oven!  Bonus!

Have a wonderful weekend! xxx

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Home Pharmacy. Medical alternatives when you need them.

Recently I have made a few curious discoveries that I thought might be useful to consider with our home pharmacies.
Firstly I heard a lot about an antibiotic cream available in the USA called Neosporin.  To my knowledge here in Australia we cannot buy antibiotic cream, this is a prescription item only.  But I thought this would be very useful to have on hand and I ordered some (I think from Amazon) and it arrived fast with no problems.  

Next I read that Zovirax cold sore cream is a very expensive thing in the USA requiring both a prescription and a lot of money.  I found this out when I saw (on a budget group)  someone saying they could not afford cold sore cream and what could they do instead as they were desperate.  I started checking into this and it turned out our cheap (around $15) over the counter cream is over $80 with a prescription only in the USA and this is if you have insurance otherwise it is something like $800!  I could not believe it.   At the time of writing this I am finding various prices quoted.   I am even seeing it is $1500 a tube without insurance.   But lets just say it is $80 in good circumstances with a prescription.  Surely not everyone can afford $80... just like the person in the group asking for help. 

So pretty obviously what is available over the counter and prices of items vary incredibly from one country to another.  Just much more than I ever imagined! 

Next I have heard several people saying the chemist has not been able to fill a prescription due to a shortage of a drug.  What do you do then?  It can be very hard to get ahead with prescriptions as they limit you so much. 

So I really started to think that as part of preparedness I should find out a few things.   First of all we have tried to get away from any unnecessary prescriptions.  Apart from health and costs all medications do have side effects.  And if there was a crisis or shortage I don't fancy on becoming unstuck because of a prescription I am on.   So if it simply a matter of losing weight, exercise, life style change, diet change then I would really rather do that!   
But as we all know when it is necessary medications can be life saving.   Andy has a stainless steel heart valve due to a replacement he had as he was born with a heart defect.  So he is lucky he has benefitted from modern medicine but he needs blood thinners for life.  
Because of this we have made it our business to know what to do if for some reason he could not get his hands on blood thinners.  Plan B, C and D! 

Homeopathic remedies tend to have mysterious names! 
I write on the back of each one what it is for and anything else I need to remember.
This makes my kit easy to use when I need it. 

Next I have spent this year learning as much as I can about essential oils and Homeopathy.  From this I have found several things that have worked better for me than regular medicine.  I did give myself 55 years to try everything possibly available for severe sore throats which I think is a fair test.   But it turned out Oregano Oil is the first thing that actually worked.  So essential oils won that round!   Now I would not ever be without oregano oil.

I asked Karen (who is kind of our resident Homeopath)  about this Zovirax issue and what to tell the poor person who could not get theirs.  Cold sores are so common and dreadful to have.   Karen said there is in fact an excellent  Homeopathic option that is very effective.  She even went off and formulated a special cream when I told her there are people out there paying $80 for coldsore cream! 
You can find this cream here and read about it's ingredients. 

Karen also suggested some natural alternatives to some common issues:

Poke Root liquid extract  -  for infections on the skin, especially with puss.
Golden Seal Cream -  for scratches, bites, rashes.
Homeopathic Aconite 30c drops - for the onset of a virus & as a shock remedy
Lavender essential oil - 1 drop on the pillow for anxiety and to help with a restful sleep.
Mullein liquid extract - for a dry cough
Thuja 30c - for warts
Aloe vera & cucumber gel - for burns and scalds
Comfrey cream - for sprains, strains and broken bones.
Marshmallow glycetract - for heartburn
Meadowsweet extract - for Bloating

Have a look at the homeopathic Emergency Kit 

Also the essential oil kit.

I have found it incredibly helpful to have a Homeopath I can ask anything.  You can contact Karen via any of the links above.  She can make you up custom blends and remedies.   Several Bluebirds have had absolutely amazing results with her help since I mentioned her in an earlier post.   One of these cases was a post traumatic stress issue.  I have heard that the progress they have now made (and after ten years of trying pretty much everything...) is life changing. 

As always I suggest doing loads of research on what ever your concerns are.   Ask your doctor what would you do in the event of isolation or a shortage?  And chemists/pharmacists are a gold mine of information.  Honestly I have found chemists to be incredible and so willing to give you advice. 
Our current chemist points out natural alternatives to almost everything as well.

Then consider possibly your much needed item is a fraction of the price elsewhere, there is an alternative,  or maybe there is a generic version at a lesser price?  I am sure there are a ton of rules and regulations too about what we all can and can't buy online, import etc.  I guess we better consider those!  

My life story really shows that things that regular medicine just can't figure out can still have an answer.   Never give up!  If something isn't working try something else!  I only tried going wheat free as an experiment and even though I was highly doubtful... but it cured 55 years of aching legs in four days. 

Also I have seen some amazing and some horrific things.  Even top medical professionals might disagree on a diagnosis or treatment.   A friend of mine called Wendy came to me utterly devastated with terrible diagnosis.  She was told by a specialist that she had a disease in the bones of her face and that literally her face would collapse as the bones degenerated. She needed more than fifteen operations and that her appearance would change.  Can you imagine? 
My Mum is related to a very famous cranial facial surgeon  (you can google him his name is Dr David David) and my Dad's life long best friend is a consulting physician.   I asked Mum to see if Wendy could get a second opinion.  She ended up going to see Dr. David David. 
Guess what?   While he agreed she did have the diagnosed disease he said she needs no surgery and there wold be no change to her appearance either.   This specialist is miles more experienced than the other Doctor.  She saved herself the drama of fifteen operations and the worry of how her face would look.  How could this happen?  Well it did.  Always get several opinions! 

Do your research.  Check everything.  If you feel uncomfortable with a treatment or diagnosis get another opinion and get more options.   If you are told you can't be helped take that to mean the person you are talking can't help you, it doesn't mean no one else can!  If a Doctors says he/she cant help you believe them and go somewhere else! 

I feel much more armed with alternative plans and options than I did before.  I have a long way to go! But recently I have been able to go to my own home pharmacy and reach for remedies and with success!   It is a very good feeling.  

If you have any good ways to get ahead with medications,  ways to reduce medication costs,  alternatives and back ups,  general first aid tips... please share.  Even something that worked for you when all else failed!   

Be encouraged and prepared! xxx