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THE ART OF FREE TRAVEL: A FRUGAL FAMILY ADVENTURE, CYCLING FROM DAYLESFORD TO CAPE YORK

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by Patrick Jones and Meg Ulman (New South Books 2015)

In late 2013 Patrick, Meg and their family, Zephyr (10), Woody (1) and Zero the Jack Russell, set off on an epic 6000 kilometre year-long cycling journey up Australia’s east coast and back.

Their aim was to live as cheaply as possible − guerrilla camping, hunting, foraging and bartering their permaculture skills – and on a diet of free food, bush tucker and the occasional fresh roadkill. They joined an anti-fracking blockade, spent time in Aboriginal communities, documented edible plants along the way, and braved the country’s most hazardous highways. The Art of Free Travel is the remarkable story of a rule-breaking year of ethical living.

Release date is 1 October 2015. Price is $29.99 plus postage. Pre-order at www.pipmagazine.com.au/shop 

SOLIDTEKNICS CAST IRON COOKWARE

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Much has been written recently about the benefits of cast iron cookware. For one, there is no coating that will inevitably chip away and end up in your scrambled eggs! And importantly, in an era where things are made to be easily replaced, good quality cast iron lasts forever. The SOLIDTEKNICS AUSfonte range, made in South Australia, is tremendous quality and, when well seasoned, provides a fantastic non-stick cooking surface.

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Price starts from $119. See www.solidteknics.com/where-to-buy for stockists.

WILD CHERRY SCOOP

Made by axe, knife and a handmade foot-powered lathe, this handcrafted scoop is perfect for anything from coffee and spices to ice-cream. Every scoop is individually handcrafted by Spoonsmith – in a small workshop on the Far South Coast of New South Wales – straight from the tree, using a combination of traditional tools and techniques. These unique kitchen utensils are perfect for stirring, dolloping and enjoying brilliant food.

Scoop price is $65, and other spoons range from $25. See www.spoonsmith.com.au. Instagram @thespoonsmith

‘SAVE THE BEES AUSTRALIA’ BLACK T-SHIRT

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These funky 100% cotton t-shirts will help promote the plight of the bees and make you look great. Forty per cent of sales goes back to Save The Bees Australia, which is working tirelessly to educate people about the predicament of these

precious pollinators. www.beethecure.com.au

Comes in kids’, ladies’ and men’s sizes, and price is $20–30 plus postage. See www.pipmagazine.com.au/shop

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THE DOME HIVE

The Dome Hive is a bee-centric, environmentally-sound hive designed primarily to sustain the health and wellbeing of the bee colony. Originally based on the Sun Hive by Guenther Mancke, it has been redesigned to suit Australian conditions with the help of a biodynamic bee expert, Tobias Mager. The Dome Hive’s rounded shape allows the bees to maintain the natural temperature of the hive with minimal energy expenditure.

Price is $800 plus postage. For further information see www.domehives.com

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PERMACULTURE COFFEE

This pure organic, radically fair coffee is sold at a fair price. It supports East Timorese farmers and their families directly through a permaculture education project aimed at improving the livelihood of farmers by teaching them principles of sustainable agriculture. The coffee is made from organic beans, which are pesticide and fungicide free, and are not fumigated with the poison methyl bromide when entering Australia! So far $1000 has been raised for Permatil and the rewriting of a tropical permaculture book. (see page36)

A one kilo bag is $33 – with $8 going towards Permatil – plus postage. See www.permafund.faircoffee.co

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