A message from Brigid ....

I have been a blogger since 2005. At the height of my blogging busy-ness, I had "a small stable" of blogs on different topics: social and political commentary; desert spirituality; food; waste and ....

A few years ago I called time and ceased blogging altogether - although there was an occasional post. I had called it quits. I am an aged woman these days with a couple of serious illnesses. I am not allowed to drive. I am no longer active in organisations. I think it fair to say that I am housebound. I am active on Facebook, although I am not there as often as once I was. I have decided to embark on a re-entry into the blogging world ... beginning with The Trad Pad and, possibly, a return to my food blog, Oz Tucker. I have always used a lot of photographs on my blogs ... and I miss not being out and about with my camera.

The Trad Pad has been my blog for the lovely things of life. The controversial or political has seldom intruded. Occasionally, the spiritual has found its way in, but I kept spirituality for the blog, Desert. I don't yet know if I will revive that. I will stick pretty much to food and the lovely things of life. If I have some regularity with those two categories, I feel that I will be doing well. I hope that, with this blog new friendships can be formed and old friendships renewed; new lovelies discovered; new reflections can enter into the meaning of modern life. I would love to hear from you - particularly if you have suggestions for new topics to enter into the conversation. So, it is a new year. Let's see what it has in store, what it can bring to us. And I hope that those who share the spirit of The Trad Pad can spread the message of a world of beauty, the creativity of humanity, and the joys of simplicity and tradition. ~~~ February, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Music for a Warming World

Nivy Balachandran

10 August
Dear friends,
Check out the event below for one of our fellow CCs Greenfaith 
"Music for a Warming World", taking place on 13 August 2017 in Melbourne.
Thanks Jonathan and Andrea 
for sharing this with us and for inviting us along.
Do get a long and check it out, 
and please share with your networks!
(Please email me if you have events you'd like to share with the URI network).
Kind wishes
Nivy Balachandran
Regional Coordinator,  Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands  Part time - Office days are Wednesday and Friday.
Phone: +61 433 238 406 | Skype: nivy.bala | 

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Building community is a beautiful thing! The folks at Ballarat Community Garden are doing it with tomatoes and learning to make Passata

Picture above from here
together with how to make passata if you can't get to the class
listed below at Ballarat Community Garden.

The post below is from Better Together -  Passata Day

Saturday 28nd February 2015, 9 a.m. sharp-till ?

Once more into the Red! Ballarat Community Garden will be hosting a passata (tomato bottling) day on the 20th of February. Come learn how to preserve tomatoes and enjoy a day of work, fun and community. We'll have a meal and share a good time! Participants will take home approximately 6 litres of tomato puree.

The cost will be $20 dollars which will include a 10kg box of tomatoes, tea & coffee. Please bring a plate to share for lunch. Payment must be received by Deb Ramsey (0401 824 110) by the 16th of February. Numbers will be limited, but children, friends and family are all welcome to come and help. You will be responsible for bringing glass jars or beer bottles. You will need to have your own safe, undamaged lids for jars, but we will provide bottle caps for beer bottles.
Things to bring:

  • Plate to share for lunch.
  • Large pots will be vital so please be sure to bring those. Vital! (Stainless steel please, as aluminium may leach.)
  • Anyone who has a camp stove or gas burner and bottle please bring those along.
  • cutting boards and knives are vital
  • aprons and pot holders
  • funnels
  • large stirring spoons
  • ladles
  • pouring jugs
  • Stick blenders would also be very welcome.

Friday, November 20, 2015

A wistful ageing beauty

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Why don't we all dance our way to peace and happy times?

Be Happy
Posted by HI Jwl on Thursday, 31 July 2014

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ramadan crafts and Ramadan knowledge

The text across the top of this blog says what it is all about.  I keep this blog free of sound offs and heavy stuff and put them on The Network.  I prefer The Trad Pad to be a place of sweetness, light and beautiful things.  However, we are living in a world/a nation which is increasingly multi-cultural, multi-faith, and interfaith.  And this is the month of Ramadan.  Across the world, Ramadan is huge as Christmas across the world is huge.  So I am seeking to explore with Trad Padders what Ramadan is all about.  With these thoughts in mind, I explored what might be in keeping with this place.  And so it is that I present you, dear Trad Padders, with Karima's Crafts.

In turn, the banner above led me to this site : The Wonderful Art Garden for Muslim Sisters
Karima's site has a Ramadan section.
Many of the crafts in this section can be adapted
for other reasons and seasons.

For a more precise knowledge of what Ramadan means in the Muslim faith, 
please explore the document embedded below.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugee Children : World Refugee Day : The Billy-Lids Song

Last Sunday was World Refugee Day - celebrated in City Square in Melbourne.
trained to Melbourne for the event which concluded Refugee Week.

Here we are at City Square, Melbourne - before the huge crowds turned up!

Below are two links to the Billy-Lids song which comes to us from
Please take the opportunity to learn the song and spread its message.

Great song. See who you can recognise. To me, Margaret Roadnight's voice is instantly recognisable.Thanks to Brigid Walsh for introducing me to this group of Artists.
Posted by Denis Wilson on Tuesday, 23 June 2015

And there is another interesting site for the song here