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You’ll find hundreds of information-packed articles in the lifestyle file covering just about everything you need to know about rural living.

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Fire is a real risk to you and your property - especially when you live further out of town. Whether on a farm or lifestyle block, there's more ways a fire can start than you might think! Check out some of the causes and a few simple steps you can take to avoid them here

Click here for more helpful videos from FMG on managing the risks on your lifeststyle block.


  • tankvacDo you use tank water? Do you want clean, fresh, healthy water for your family? Do you wish there was a cost-effective, automatic, and hassle-free way to clean your tank water? Not just clean it but keep it clean?

    Well there is - the Tankvac cleaning system can remove dirt and silt from your tank without wasting water.

    All that plus a special offer for LSB members if you get in quick!

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Hot Wire

Hot Wire

Telling it like it is.

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When the shoestring's a bit short

When the shoestring's a bit short

A weekly piece full of tips and old fashioned wisdom (with an up-to-date twist) to help with the constant battle of financial survivial.

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Down to the ground

Down to the ground

Diana Noonan, award-winning author and passionate gardener shares her ideas and inspires us to make the most of our gardens.

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  • Growing Up!

    growingupI imagine it's because my planting and sowing is confined to the glasshouse at this chilly time of the year that I'm always thinking about how to increase the indoor space I have available. It just such a waste to have a small glass-walled room filled with warmth and sunshine, and to be using only one horizontal surface – the ground!

  • A Useful Aid for Alpaca Farmers – the Code of Welfare for Camelids: Part One

    alpacaThe Animals Welfare (Llamas and Alpacas) Code of Welfare 2013 is a useful document. It sets out what owners are legally obliged to do to ensure the good health and welfare of their animals, but it does a lot more than that. It gives a lot of good advice about alpaca husbandry generally.

  • Operation Cover-up

    coverupI've lost count of the number of times some ugly and immoveable edifice has spoiled my otherwise attractive garden. I'm sure you've had the same experience – the tree stump that refuses to budge and which you know will take several years to rot away, the concrete pile you just can't knock down to ground level. How about that half-buried bath the previous land owner was using as a goldfish pond?