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M on May 29th, 2012

When the vets left last night, Holly’s teat canal was able to be opened and was functional when open (well functional in that there were now two holes instead of one which will most likely be permanent).  Talk about dedicated individuals – they were here fro nearly two hours and it was well after 8pm […]

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M on November 13th, 2011

Success in the garden!  It has been a strange season so far, but none the less I have been able to harvest a bit from the garden – kale, beetroot, potatoes, lettuce snow peas, sugarsnap peas and a few strawberried!

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M on November 11th, 2011

All my hard work in the garden over the last few months is certainly paying off now – everything is growing well and I am starting to harvest some lettuce, snow peas, sugar snap peas, kale, silverbeet, potatoes and beetroot.  The first lot of tomatoes are in and growing well and I have just planted […]

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M on October 12th, 2011

The growcover is doing a reasonable job of protecting the vegies, although there are a few holes being munched in the cauli’s and brocolli’s and the two carrots that survived the chook attack, are no longer.  The bitter disgusting kale is growing prolifically, lucky the chooks like it as none of us do! Nearly all […]

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M on September 2nd, 2011

Spring is finally here, the days are warming and the vegie garden is progressing, although slowly as we are still having frosts every night.  In an attempt to get a headstart with some seedlings, I have started some seeds in a makeshift coldframe – white polystyrene vegie boxes covered with clear plastic.  The inside temperature […]

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M on June 20th, 2011

If we want to have any chance of providing all the vegetables for our family, expanding the vegetable garden is essential.  I also found that the original bed that we made last year was too wide for me to access comfortably, so we pulled that down to make it narrower.  All of the corrugated sheeting […]

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M on June 8th, 2011

I’m actually having to trawl back through old photos to record the progress of the vegie garden. This was the garden area before we moved in back in 2009. September 2010, with the chook pen fenced and gated and the first raised garden bed put in and growing a green manure crop of barley.  The bed […]

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M on February 5th, 2011

The tomato plants are growing like triffids in the vegie garden and gave us a good harvest.  Of course it would have been much greater if I had pruned and staked the plants earlier and several times in their growing season, as the plants were so heavy that much of the fruit was laying on […]

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M on September 17th, 2010

Part of the process of increasing our self sufficiency is growing our own fruit and vegetables, and part of that is having a compost bin.  We do things ‘big’ in the country, so this is the one I have made using star pickets, plastic half pallets and cable ties.  The idea behind the plastic pallets […]

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Older men with diabetes mellitus, but also severely overweight men, may develop secondary hypogonadism. "The core symptom of low testosterone levels is usually decreased libido," Dr. Cornelia Jaursch-Hancke from the German Clinic for Diagnostics, Sydney, at the conference in Melbourne. Various additional symptoms such as osteoporosis, anemia, erectile dysfunction, decreasing muscle strength and mass, but also diminishing vitality and depression can be added. In secondary hypogonadism the function of the hypothalamus or pituitary is impaired so that the Leydig cells of the testicle no longer form testosterone or no testosterone due to lack of stimulation. Typically, the gonadotropins LH and FSH in the serum are still normal to low. This also applies to patients with type 2 diabetes, of which about 25 to 50 percent are affected, the endocrinologist reported. An increasing problem is also MOSH, the "male obesity associated secondary hypogonadism". As a cause, she described the visceral fetal cells, which are highly active endocrinically and produce mediators, which promote, inter alia, insulin resistance, inflammatory processes and dyslipidemia and stimulate estradiol production. In sum, the hypothalamic-pituitary axis is inhibited. Continue reading...

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