Diane Greenwood

Thinking about…

Ethical Dog Treats?


So, you know Russ and I use the ethical shopping guide to complete our shops. It is a little sad as we wonder the aisles with our iphones checking out the most ethical product – we often joke about the irony of the situation and deem that what we are doing is what we can at the moment. 

The more we talk about these things the more I realise, if anything, buying what you need and what is as ethical as it can be (cause nothing is ‘ethical’ in the Western world really!) is more about self control than anything. Take dog food and dog biscuits, our local supermarket doesn’t stock anything that is in the book as ethical. Most things are tested on animals :( 

So I did some looking on the internet and found some great recipes for dog biscuits that I can make – buying products from the local shop that were on the ethical list! The best thing is this one can go in the bread maker and it is SO EASY.

I did adjust the recipe a little as I have heard that garlic is not good for dogs, so here is my version:

Bread Machine Dog Biscuits

3/4 cup - Beef, chicken or vegetable-broth (I used chicken!)
1 - Egg 
3 tb - Oil 
1 cup - Plain flour 
1 cup - Whole-wheat flour 
1/3 cup - Oats
1/3 cup - Wheat germ 
1/3 cup - Bran 
1/4 cup - Low fat milk powder  
1 1/2 ts Yeast

Place ingredient in bread maker according to manufacturer’s directions and press “Dough” cycle. 
When machine beeps, remove dough to lightly floured countertop and with a rolling pin, roll dough out to 2 cm thickness. 
Using a dog bone cookie cutter (or any small seasonal cookie cutters), cut out dog biscuits and place on a lightly greased tray or one sprinkled with cornmeal. 
Re-roll scraps and repeat till all dough is used up. 
Place in a warm location and let rise 30 minutes. 
Bake at 160 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and no longer soft.
Place on a rack to cool. 
Store in an airtight container.

Viola! Just over 100 ethical dog treats.


Relax, Retreat and Restore

What to bring

Clothes, Bed linen (sheets and blanket, doona, sleeping bags), towels, pillows, tea towels, and anything that each person wants to bring to entertain themselves. 


The Idea behind the Retreat

The idea of the weekend is to get away/relax/wonder/ponder and just be. At the same time explore a little about permaculture principles and what it means when we are already linked with a strong faith background. Three main principles form the basis of Permaculture: Care for People, Fair-trade/ethics and Care for the Earth. If these three things are so intrigant in our faith as well, why don’t we bring them together and see if there are areas to strengthen our faith, our community and the world together.  

I believe that Permaculture is the answer to a lot of things :)



Friday – Care for People

(no dinner provided) Supper + Chat provided!



Saturday – Exploring FairTrade and Ethics


Morning – Sour Dough Bread making / making ethical home products


Afternoon – Free time/relax/chill/knit/sew/read – sewing machine will be there


Night – Movie / documentary / games / with supper!


Sunday – Care for the Earth


Morning – site visit Diggers, Heronswood Garden 105 Latrobe Parade, Dromana

Lunch – either at Heronswood Café – From Garden Fork to Kitchen Fork – or back at house.

Afternoon Activity – you can choose to come and get active in a permaculture garden with some friends (explore their compost system, cardboard mulch the fruit trees etc)

Afternoon – go home when you like!


We would love to have you join us. Let Helen know if you are coming. See you there.

Soy Crayons and loads more

So today I was pointed in the direction of this cool website with soy crayons.

Also Eco Dough GLUTEN FREE … have you ever?

And Jesse, either you or Thomas should purchase this… The Shield of Wings!

The website seems to have heaps of cool things, loads to look at and may keep you entertained on these cold lunch times.

Look… a stork!


Ah there is so much to write. Today is Mother’s Day so it is only appropriate for me to announce that the stork will be visiting Russell and I. We have been blessed with the beginnings of a growing little baby (Kim I know you will excited about this post!). I have been asked by a few people why I have not posted this yet and to be honest I have been doing so much reading and sleeping that this has been the last thing on my mind, but here it goes … everything I can think of at the moment.

Today Russ and I are 13 weeks and 3 days with our little baby.

So far … 

It has been such a learning experience for me (as a mother to be), for Russell (as a father to be) and for both of us as we make changes and choices for our new family. 

As suggested by many people I am currently reading “Up the Duff – Kaz Coleman”, also about to read “Having a Baby, Naturally (Mothering Magazine)”. 

I found a “New Baby Checklist” from a link on Kim’s blog and it seems like a REALLY good place to start thinking about things. I will tackle this list in another post. 

At the moment I have only signed up to one baby website (thanks Heather) – who knew that there were so so many of them: http://www.babycenter.com.au/.

Everyday since I told my family my sister Neva sends me name suggestions – thank you I love getting them. 

I have been overwhelmed with wishes and gifts and prayers and I thank each and everyone of you for the continued support that Russ and I have already received. Thanks to both of my families, mums and dads, sisters and brothers and also Helen and Dave for all the support and questions, and advice. Only a big adventure from here on in, together. 

Today I was spoilt and was given a few things for being an almost mother! My nephews gave me a flower each, and I also got a great gift from Bec and Neil, a Muslin Baby Wrap :) thank you so much.

I will try and keep this up to date a little more as I enter into my second trimester. All I can think of to write now is WHOO! We are very excited. 


Canberra – National Gallery – Masterpieces

So, it has been a while since posting. There are a few reasons for this, but I will catch up on my posting before I let the news go on the journal. 

On the weekend of the 26-28th March Jesse, Russell and I went to Canberra to the National Gallery to see the Masterpieces from Paris. There was a lot of media around the event and there were comments from other friends that had travelled up from Melbourne that the line up was 3-4hours long. The actual gallery extended it hours and the exhibition to take the load of people coming through and the three of us could not have let it slip buy Australia (cause we were not going to Paris any time soon!)

So we drove up on the Friday night after work. Arrived at Uncle John’s at 1am. Thank you so much for having us and seeing us for 5 mins before you went to bed. 

Jesse getting car ready

Jesse driving

Russell in car

Me in the back seat

Saturday we went to the Portrait Gallery and to see how long these lines really were. Sure enough it was pretty long and the estimated wait time was about 2-3 hours. Our tickets were for the Sunday so we had plans to get there early and sit in the morning line to get in as best we could. 

The  Portrait Gallery was pretty interesting. Architecturally as well as the paintings and sculptures it contains. The building itself was light filled and the walls within floated as the exhibition hung from them. The architect is a Sydney based firm JPW – Johnson Pilton Walker. I particularly like some of their cultural and masterplanning. 

We then had a quick stop in at Urban Food which was followed by some time in bed for me. I was exhausted!

Sunday was the day of the National Gallery visit. It was an amazing experience. We strolled across Canberra from our car park with hot-air-ballons over head. It was a beautiful morning. The line was not too bad and we were entertained by a lovely lady and man playing French tunes as the line built up. We were in the first group let in and I should say that the true experience was dappled by the amount of people in the room at anyone time. There was not enough room to fully appreciate, or step back from the painting and see the entirety. I surprised myself with a clear draw towards the pointillism work, but was still amazed by Starry Night. One other area that I liked was the bold colours that impressionists started to take from Japanese influence. This was something that I did not know previously. 

Morning balloons

Gallery front, we sat in the line at the end of this tent entrance

French music

After the gallery we visited Parliament House.

We ended the weekend with a visit to my cousin Mags – and her dog! Thank you so much Mags for the goodies for the trip home. A great weekend. Sorry it took me so long to write about it.