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“I never noticed that!”: The one thing shoppers don’t know about Woolworths’ green bags

<p>Australian grocery giant Woolworths is paving the way when it comes to environmentally friendly shopping.</p> <p>Turns out, its 99-cent green reusable “Bag for good” bags can be replaced free of charge if they end up damaged.</p> <p>A photo originally posted to a Facebook group revealed that the plastic-free bag only needs to be purchased once, as according to Woolworths' policy, any damaged bags will be replaced for no extra cost.</p> <p>“Use this bag again and again. If it gets damaged, we will replace for free,” the bag clearly states.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FBelmontForum%2Fposts%2F2119043678123521&amp;width=500" width="500" height="682" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>And shoppers have taken the decision positively, as Woolworths has garnered praise for the initiative.</p> <p>“Thanks for posting,” wrote one user. “I didn’t realise. I get a msg (sic) from Woollies reminding me to take bags wen I go to the shopping centre.”</p> <p>Another said: “That was said by them from day one, hence the ‘bag for good’ printed on those ones.”</p> <p>“I’ve had several replaced. It’s excellent customer service,” said a third.</p> <p>Last year, Woolworths and Coles were on the receiving end of intense backlash after both supermarket giants decided to phase out plastic bags from its stores in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.</p> <p>The single-use bags were replaced by sturdier, reusable bags priced at 15 cents each.</p> <p>Woolworths offers its online shoppers a refund on unwanted bags if they choose to have their items packed in reusable plastic bags.</p> <p>“When it’s time for your online reusable bags to be recycled, simply hand them back to us for recycling with REDcycle while receiving a new online order and we’ll refund $1 against your latest order,” Woolworths announced in a statement.</p> <p>Coles currently has no refund policy in place for unwanted bags. </p> <p>Did you know this about Woolworths' 99-cent green reusable “Bag for good” bags? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Nightmare as hundreds of spiders “rain” from the sky

<p>Arachnophobes look away, because a video posted to Facebook shows every person’s worst nightmare as Brazil experienced a strange phenomenon of spiders raining from the sky.</p> <p>The footage shows spiders coming down in droves at Espirito Santo do Dourado, with locals describing the event as the sky “raining with spiders”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcecilia.fonseca.712%2Fvideos%2F1962652493856369%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="308" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>While the eight-legged insects appear to be falling from above, they are actually moving with the help of a huge web, and according to experts, spiders create canopies during hot and humid climates so they can share one giant web.</p> <p>João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca, who is the man behind the camera, said that he noticed the sensation at his grandparent’s farm and told local newspapers that he was “stunned and scared”.</p> <p>Spiders can reportedly travel hundreds of kilometres using a ballooning method.</p> <p>Ballooning occurs when spiders detect electric fields under natural atmospheric conditions. It is the electric fields that cause the arachnid’s strange behaviour.</p> <p>Spiders are able to become airborne through the technique, as they release fine silk lines that once caught in the breeze, lift the spider up in the air.</p>

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Aussie family's devastating discovery after catching snake in their home

<p>Queensland saw yet another snake incident as a large carpet python was found swallowing a house cat in Wishart, Brisbane.</p> <p>Brisbane Snake Catchers, who captured the wild reptile, posted a picture of the aftermath on Facebook.</p> <p>The photograph shows the long snake lying on a wooden beam with a large lump in its mid-section.</p> <p>“An unfortunate situation for residents in Wishart today when they found a Large Carpet python consuming one of their two cats,” said the snake catchers on the post.</p> <p>“The residents were sad for obvious reasons but realized it was only natural for the python to do so and agreed they need to keep a better eye on [the cats].”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Felitesnakecatchingbrisbane%2Fposts%2F2191446871095644&amp;width=500" width="500" height="753" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The catchers also advised cat owners to keep their pets indoors. </p> <p>“This is another reason to be mindful of letting cats roam ... they can be subject to other animals as well,” they said.</p> <p>In recent weeks, more cases of snake invasion have been reported in Queensland. Last week, a Coolangatta family found a carpet python with over 500 ticks in their backyard pool, while <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/snake-bite-spike-9-people-hospitalised-in-one-day-after-increasing-number-of-attacks">nine people were hospitalised overnight</a> for snake bites in late December.</p> <p>To protect your home against snakes, the Queensland government recommends blocking all potential entry points, including doors and windows, and keeping gardens and backyards clean and tidy.</p> <p>If you find a snake in your home, snake catcher Max Jackson said you should not attempt to kill or catch it. “They’re purely defensive animals,” Jackson told the <em>ABC. </em></p> <p>“If you corner them and try kill or capture them, especially inside the house, they can’t kick or punch and there’s only one thing they can do and it’s bite you.”</p> <p>Jackson suggested contacting a licensed snake catcher to relocate the reptile to avoid putting yourself at risk.</p> <p>Have you ever encountered a snake in your home? Tell us your story in the comments. </p>

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Shoppers are flocking to Kmart for these must-have homewares

<p>With affordable prices and on-trend styles, it is easy to understand why Kmart’s living range has a broad and loyal following. Numerous Facebook groups and Instagram accounts have been dedicated to the retailer’s products and new releases.</p> <p>And now, a couple of new drops have got shoppers excited.</p> <p>An Instagram fan based in Perth has alerted the public to two brand-new items: a timber occasional chair ($49) and a bamboo pot holder ($19). The pot holder features a bamboo basket and pine legs, while the chair features an acacia wood frame and a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) weave.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsZctbQFD5f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsZctbQFD5f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Me: I'm not getting anything from the new @kmartaus home release... Also me: Ooh that plant stand ($19) and chair ($49) live with me now 🙌 #damnyoukmart Impressed with the chair. It's quite light but sturdy and looks fab! . . #thediydecorator #kmartaus #kmartstyle #kmartnewfinds #kmartbargains #kmartmums #kmartmumsaustralia #kmarthome #homedecor #homewares #homedecorating #interior #interiordecor #homedecorator #interiorinfluencer #homeinfluencer #perthinfluencer #lifestyleinfluencer #australianinfluencer #interiordecorator #interiorandhome #interiorlover #kmartaddict #kmartaddictsunite #kmartaustralia #kmartdecor #kmartliving #kmartlove</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thediydecorator/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Zoe Gilpin. Perth, Australia.</a> (@thediydecorator) on Jan 8, 2019 at 6:49pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Impressed with the chair,” she said. “It’s quite light but sturdy and looks fab!”</p> <p>Other users have responded enthusiastically, tagging friends and sharing thoughts on how they will use the homewares in their place. </p> <p>“Two of these chairs would look so cute on the balcony,” said one user. </p> <p>“I have a nook in my room that needs this [pot holder],” said another.</p> <p>Another fan was<span> </span><em>The Block</em>’s Georgia Caceres. “OMG Need!!! I mean, it’s probably a WANT more so than a need, but you get my drift!” Caceres posted on her Instagram story with a picture of the chair.</p> <p>While the bamboo pot holder is now available online, the timber occasional chair is still marked as “coming soon” on the website.</p> <p>Excited customers said they will venture to a physical store to get the furniture.</p> <p>Are you keen to get your hands on these popular Kmart items for your home? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Woman writes genius note to noisy neighbour

<p>Dealing with a noisy neighbour is tricky – but this woman from New Jersey in the US took the high road and tried a different approach.</p> <p>Candice Benbow was getting used to the fact that her neighbour loved to play loud music. However, one night when the noise blasted into the wee hours, Benbow finally had enough.</p> <p>While others might call the police or talk to the strata committee, Benbow decided to pick up her baking tools and make a cake at 3.30 in the morning to pass on to her neighbour with the note. </p> <p>“I wanted the best way to tell my neighbor that he tried it with his late night party,” Benbow said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I wanted the best way to tell my neighbor that he tried it with his late night party. So I wrote him a letter and baked him a cake. <a href="https://t.co/SxPKAzOHp0">pic.twitter.com/SxPKAzOHp0</a></p> — Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) <a href="https://twitter.com/CandiceBenbow/status/1074010643592814592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Accompanying the cake was a whimsical letter, which she also posted on her Twitter page. </p> <p>“When you come home every evening and blast music, I’ve come to expect it,” Benbow said in the letter. She even admitted that the loud music helped her “catch a vibe” and find new songs for her weekly playlists.</p> <p>“But last night… Fam, you tried it,” she wrote. “I don’t know if you were hosting the official afterparty for our building’s holiday social … In the future, as you’re hosting your kickbacks and come throughs, please remember the rest of us.”</p> <p>To her surprise, the gesture worked – and she shared all the updates on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">UPDATE: I JUST MET MY NEIGHBOR TOMMY!!!! He’s so freaking cool! He apologized for the noise, promised to invite me to the next party and most importantly...HE SAID MY POUND CAKE WAS AMAZING!!!! <a href="https://t.co/NcU8t0ZfqT">pic.twitter.com/NcU8t0ZfqT</a></p> — Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) <a href="https://twitter.com/CandiceBenbow/status/1075057181798604801?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 18, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The neighbour, Tommy Amaro, turned out to be a music video director, which explains the loud music. </p> <p>“It was just beautiful because if it was another neighbour, they would’ve at least tried to call the cops on me, try to knock me out and this was like, it was cool,” Amaro told<span> </span><a href="https://www.insideedition.com/instead-getting-mad-noisy-neighbor-new-jersey-woman-bakes-him-cake-49470"><em>Inside Edition</em></a>.</p> <p>Benbow also learned that Amaro was having his first Christmas without his daughter, who died in a car accident.</p> <p>“It was a sweet and gentle reminder that we never know what folks are going through and it is always best to lead with kindness,” said Benbow.</p> <p>She confirmed that now she can enjoy being home without the noise. “He has been quiet as a church mouse,” she said.</p> <p>What do you think about this woman's strategy to put an end to her noisy neighbour? How do you deal with noisy neighbours? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Man finds snake alive in brand new kitchen appliance

<p>When Barry Downes arrived home from his post-Christmas shopping, he was just looking to relax and have a cup of tea with the kettle he had just bought.</p> <p>What he didn’t expect was something alive slithering out of the appliance box and into his kitchen.</p> <p>Downes, from Paddington, London, purchased the kettle from department store Argos on December 28. </p> <p>“I made a cup of tea and went to sit down to drink it,” said Downes. </p> <p>“When I came back into the kitchen I spotted something on the floor.”</p> <p>At first, Downes thought it was a piece of string or plastic packaging due to his sight problems. </p> <p>“I picked it up to put it in the bin, but then it started wriggling.”</p> <p>He then trapped the snake under a saucepan lid and called the RSPCA for assistance.</p> <p>The RSPCA identified the reptile as a young corn snake. Animal collection officer Ella Davies, who collected the snake, said it might have snuck into the box at a storage warehouse in the country.</p> <p>“Corn snakes are talented escape artists, so I suspect this little one has escaped from a vivarium somewhere,” said Davies.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpermalink.php%3Fstory_fbid%3D2381499588543994%26id%3D305736432786997&amp;width=500" width="500" height="822" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The unharmed snake will be transferred to a specialist centre before being relocated to a “proper” wildlife habitat.</p> <p>An Argos spokesperson said, “We’re surprised to hear about this incident, and are investigating with the supplier.”</p> <p>Meanwhile in Australia, a snake horrified shoppers as it <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/home-garden/my-worst-nightmare-woman-s-terrifying-discovery-in-shopping-centre-car-park">snuck into a car grill</a> in a shopping centre parking lot. Queensland also saw <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/snake-bite-spike-9-people-hospitalised-in-one-day-after-increasing-number-of-attacks">nine people getting hospitalised for snake bites</a> in one night in December.</p>

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The $11 Bunnings hack that is a surprisingly effective toilet cleaner

<p>A local Sydney woman had tried everything from Coke to citrus when she was scrubbing to clean her toilet.</p> <p>As the toilet hadn’t been cleaned since before she moved in three months ago, she had tried every hack available to try and get the stained toilet bowl nice and clean.</p> <p>The Sydney local had just about given up hope until she came across this $11 product from Bunnings and some steel wool. It worked so well she took to her Facebook page to document the success.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822645/dirty-toilet.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a509f5c33e074a4d8b1ad91ca041e43b" /></p> <p>“Tried Coke (nothing), tried citric acid (nothing), tried Scalex and it did change but it didn't help much.</p> <p>“Then yesterday I tried a very strong mix of Scalex and this steel wool thing,” she continued.</p> <p>“In less than 10 minutes (pretty hard scrubbing), it now looks like this.”</p> <p>Her friends rallied around her success as well as sharing some tips and tricks of their own.</p> <p>“Scalex works best if you add hot water to the toilet,” one woman stated before adding, “Your toilet looks great.</p> <p>“Mine is 25 years old and it's just starting to get harder and harder to clean now. But I love Scalex, it's a little bit of magic.”</p> <p>Another friend left a comment with a warning about using Scalex too much, saying, “If you scrub the glaze off the bowl it will stain quicker and make it harder to clean so be careful.”</p> <p>What are some tips and tricks you use to keep your toilet bowl clean? Is Scalex a product you’ve used before? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Inside Jamie Oliver's new $10 million 16th century country manor

<p>Despite rumours of the top floor being haunted, nothing could stop Jamie Oliver and his family of seven moving into this 16th century manor house in the English countryside, with the chef paying $10.7 million for the property in Essex.</p> <p>The family has continued to grow, with daughters Poppy, 16, Daisy, 15, Petal, 9, and their sons Buddy, 8 and fifth child River, who will turn two in August 2019.</p> <p>An insider has revealed to<span> </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/8128535/jamie-oliver-6m-mansion-haunted/"><em>The Sun</em></a><span> </span>about the new mansion:</p> <p><span>"'It’s an amazing place and the whole family fell in love with it at first viewing."</span></p> <p>They added, "The only thing Jamie wasn’t so sold on was the top floor nursery which is said to be haunted, and has put off several perspective buyers."</p> <p>The mansion is a 70-acre estate in Essex and comes with:</p> <ul> <li>A six bed farmhouse</li> <li>Three bed lodge</li> <li>Converted stables</li> <li>A cart shed</li> </ul> <p>The house has been owned by the same aristocratic family since the 1700s, with the most recent alterations done in 2010.</p> <p>Although the mansion has been updated, there are no visible changes to the main rooms or the facade of the house.</p> <p>With Jamie's blossoming new family, it seems like they need all the space they can get! </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see inside their new home.</p>

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Can you guess where a tiger snake was hiding in this Aussie home?

<p>A family in Little River, Victoria, got quite a shock when they discovered that a tiger snake had been living in their air conditioning unit.</p> <p>A local snake catcher by the name of ‘Stewy the Snake Catcher’ has warned that snakes are more likely to come indoors to escape the heat. He told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/2019/01/03/17/47/warning-of-snakes-indoors-as-temperatures-soar?app=applenews" target="_blank">nine.com.au</a>:</p> <p>“It’s expected to hit 42C tomorrow (January 4) and snakes will be looking for a cooler place to escape the heat,” he said.</p> <p>“People should always be wary of them but on these extremely hot days they should be extra vigilant.”</p> <p>The video shows Stewy trying to get the snake out with a hook like device and a torch, trying to get the snake out of the air conditioner.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fnatalie.marcok%2Fvideos%2F10157169585129066%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=267" width="267" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Stewy shared his thoughts as to how the snake got into the vent, by explaining:</p> <p>“Snakes can turn up in darnedest places. This tiger snake was inside a split system air conditioner. It was located in a house in Little River.</p> <p>“My guess is the snake entered via the hole made in the external wall for the plumbing to go through. Most likely been chasing mice in the roof.”</p> <p>With the weather heating up, the snake catcher is run off his feet with up to 80 callouts a week. A majority of these calls involve tiger snakes, as they’re common across the southeast coast of Australia.</p> <p>If you’re worried about snakes coming into your house at night, you needn’t worry, according to the snake catcher. Stewy has said:</p> <p>“Once the heat drops to about 30C, they will head back to the bush and their natural environment.”</p> <p>At least that’s something to celebrate!</p>

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Snake’s “unusual” tactic to keep cool during sweltering heat

<p>A snake catcher was in for a surprise after he discovered the slithering reptile having a drink from a garden hose as temperatures soar across the country.</p> <p>Sipping away on a lawn in Two Wells, a town 40 kilometres north of Adelaide, the carpet python was spotted by Rolly Burrell from Snake Catchers Adelaide.</p> <p>The snake catching team shared a video of the thirsty python to their Facebook page, and said the sighting was unusual.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSnakeCatchersAdelaide%2Fvideos%2F348673302383170%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=267" width="267" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>“It was on someone’s back lawn and we’ve had quite some hot temperature down here in Adelaide, so the hose was still running from the kids playing around,” Mr Burrell told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/snakes-surprising-tactic-keep-cool-sweltering-heat-064326618.html" target="_blank"><em>Yahoo7</em></a>.</p> <p>“It wasn’t from this state. It’s obviously an escapee from somewhere and come down to have a drink out of the hose.”</p> <p>Mr Burrell shared his advice for those wanting to keep snakes out of their home.</p> <p>“Snakes only come in for one thing, that’s rats and mice,” he said.</p> <p>“If you bait properly and get rid of the European rats in the house, you’ll find that snakes don’t hang around.</p> <p>“They might come into your place, but they won’t hang around.”</p>

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Urgent safety warning: Kmart pulls popular Christmas toy from shelves after catching on fire

<p>A kids toy from Kmart, which was popular at Christmas, has been pulled from stores after several complaints it caught on fire.</p> <p>Samantha Sholly went to Facebook Sunday night to warn parents after the charging cable for the ATV Madness remote control quad bike purchased as a gift for her 4-year-old son caught on fire.</p> <p>“WARNING! If anyone has bought this ATV from Kmart, be very careful. We have had our charger catch on fire. LUCKY it was caught early!! (sic),” the mother warned online.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.571px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7822559/quadbike.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/136a695fc9fd471ab007b1c115728243" /></p> <p>The Adelaide mother says her babies were just a few metres from the charging cable in their kitchen on Boxing Day.</p> <p>Within two hours of the charging cable being plugged into an electric source, Samantha’s sister, Alexandra smelt something burning.</p> <p>The surrounding rubber of the charging cable had begun melting after a small flame lit from it.</p> <p>“It was pretty scary,” Ms Solly <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/pretty-scary-kmart-pulls-toy-after-reports-they-were-catching-fire-20190101-p50p4g.html">said to The Age.</a> “I’m just lucky my sister caught it when she did.”</p> <p>The Kmart quality teams said they were investigating claims its remote-controlled quad bike charger for the toy could be dangerous while charging.</p> <p>Several images and warnings have been posted on social media showing charging components that have melted through after catching fire. However, a recall on the product has not been issued, despite concern from parents online.</p> <p>A spokesperson told <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-01/kmart-toy-pulled-from-shelves-over-fire-hazard/10675602">the ABC the decision to pull the popular toy</a> from shelves was made on Thursday.</p> <p>"At Kmart, we take the quality and safety of our products very seriously, which is why we made the decision to withdraw the remote-control quad bike from sale, pending investigation from our quality team," she said.</p> <p>Any concerns regarding the product have been encouraged to contact the Kmart customer service team at 1800 124 125.</p>

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Can you spot the surprise intruder on this Christmas tree?

<p>A user on Twitter has taken to the social media site to challenge her followers in spotting the unexpected intruder on her Christmas tree.</p> <p>Alli McDonald, from Wentzville in St Louis, Missouri in the US, shared a snap of her festive tree claiming that she discovered an unlikely intruder finding refuge amongst the branches.</p> <p>The photo, which has now been liked over 2800 times, shows Ms McDonald’s cat hiding amongst the decorations. She reveals that her cheeky pet likes to find a new spot every day to hide in and can be extremely hard to spot.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Alright guys let’s play a game: every morning we find my cat in a different place in our Christmas tree and take a picture. Screenshot when you find him😂😂 <a href="https://t.co/usWoCmyYTS">pic.twitter.com/usWoCmyYTS</a></p> — Alli McDonald (@ALLI_doiswin3) <a href="https://twitter.com/ALLI_doiswin3/status/1071866545989668866?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 9, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“Alright guys let’s play a game: every morning we find my cat in a different place in our Christmas tree and take a picture,” she said.</p> <p>“Screenshot when you find him.”</p> <p>Twitter users were left confused after they tried finding the clever cat amongst the tree.</p> <p>“I soo got it wrong. I have thought I saw a black cat and its eyes,” said one user.</p> <p>“I don’t see how his head is at that angle,” said another.</p> <p>One user was impressed by the cat, saying: “Seems like he’s an expert with his sneaky ninja cat skills!”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/FTrMrKFKEi">pic.twitter.com/FTrMrKFKEi</a></p> — alejandro guzman (@230414saturn) <a href="https://twitter.com/230414saturn/status/1072021433231032320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>And it didn’t take long for other proud cat owners to share photos of their own kitty hiding amongst their trees with one user saying: “My advent calendar is just me pulling my cat out of the Christmas tree every day.”</p> <p>Another said: “Friend’s cat is doing some performance art as a Christmas tree decoration.”</p> <p>One user shared a snap of his cat amongst the Christmas tree lights, saying: “Here’s a photo of my stupid cat in the Christmas tree. Look at his eyes.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Here’s a photo of my stupid cat in the christmas tree. Look at his eyes. <a href="https://t.co/NwnwUMMInM">pic.twitter.com/NwnwUMMInM</a></p> — tess (@_tessabauer) <a href="https://twitter.com/_tessabauer/status/1072901223790141441?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Friend’s cat is doing some performance art as a Christmas tree decoration. <a href="https://t.co/Yp8LPLlfZt">pic.twitter.com/Yp8LPLlfZt</a></p> — Dating Dad (@aDatingDad) <a href="https://twitter.com/aDatingDad/status/1071742471766446082?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 9, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">one of our cats loves sitting in our christmas tree <a href="https://t.co/aGSUS3VaVN">pic.twitter.com/aGSUS3VaVN</a></p> — sansan (@sanjista) <a href="https://twitter.com/sanjista/status/1071641198060810243?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 9, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Do your pets have any funny habits with your Christmas tree? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Kmart's best budget Christmas hack yet – and it's only $3

<p>Savvy Aussie mums have shared a nifty hack that allows them to create incredible festive centrepieces on a budget.</p> <p>The clever trick involves using a surprising $3 Kmart product – a pool noodle.</p> <p>The mums have created the centrepieces by using a hot glue gun to stick down fake Christmas branches around the noodle before sticking down an assortment of baubles.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 387.8676470588235px; height:500px;" src="/media/7822513/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c8c9c65aa14f452fb59a69034533bfeb" /></p> <p>One Kmart shopper asked a Facebook group to share what people had been able to create using the simple guideline.</p> <p>One woman shared her oval shaped table piece that had been decorated with gold and silver baubles, gold stars and birds.</p> <p>She explained that although it was sitting on her table right now, she was planning to suspend it from the ceiling for her festive celebrations.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 384.1019417475728px; height:500px;" src="/media/7822514/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0492081e8cf349b9b4e5b3dbb33e6be1" /></p> <p>One Aussie decided to ditch the faux Christmas tree branches and decorated her centrepiece with only red, gold and green baubles.</p> <p>She also intertwined them with fairy lights to add some magic to her centrepiece, as well as four candles as accent pieces.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:358.60979462875196px;" src="/media/7822515/3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7825336054864ac485d1fa4bdf9aa04c" /></p> <p>One person had a go at the DIY project by adhering to a non-traditional colour scheme, which included blue tinsel and blue and gold baubles.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:484.99210110584517px;" src="/media/7822516/4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7fa49b0d09cd4a4ebab9ba284cec3044" /></p> <p>Will you have a go at this impressive Christmas DIY project? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Aussie couple’s terrifying discovery whilst watching Netflix

<p>A couple were in for a terrifying shock after they discovered a giant carpet python hanging from a ceiling fan above their heads.</p> <p>Zach Houliston, 21, and his girlfriend, Libby, were enjoying a quiet night in and watching Netflix in their home at Victoria Point, South East Queensland, when they received the fright of their lives.</p> <p>The reptile had been residing in the couple’s air conditioning vent and slithered out to hang from the ceiling fan.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:450px;" src="/media/7822493/972de4f4cc0f0fdfee29f31cd82fb28c.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fe32fabb7f454edca3baa87923a44e86" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/couple-look-find-snake-slithering-ceiling-fan-043518450.html">Yahoo7 News</a></em></p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/" target="_blank"><em>Yahoo7 News</em></a>, Mr Houliston said, “It was hanging down from the roof, probably half a metre above our heads.”</p> <p>He claims that once the snake was spotted, the pair screamed and jumped out of their beds.</p> <p>The snake was able to crawl out of the air conditioning duct as it was planned to be fixed due to the part that attached it to the roof being broken.</p> <p>The couple had previously spotted snakes around their homes and were aware of a few living in their roof, but were not prepared to see one so close to their heads.</p> <p>“That’s the last time I want one coming through my roof,” said Mr Houliston.</p> <p>To make sure it doesn’t happen again, he has sealed all the vents around the house and hopes that the measures would keep unwanted visitors out. </p>

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“My worst nightmare!”: Woman’s terrifying discovery in shopping centre car park

<p>A Christmas shopper was in for a terrifying discovery after they spotted a huge snake making itself comfortable inside a car grill in a shopping centre car park.</p> <p>The snake was seen slithering into the grill of a black Kia at the Sunshine Plaza car park on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook, the horrified shopper posted a photo of the incident which garnered plenty of attention from users.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:373.75px;" src="/media/7822450/e9e97796bac0f32adb9fbbd5a529bdc2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5f1e0d0eb1a4216b3367a6f940066a1" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/284103681792775/">Sunshine Coast Community Board</a></em></p> <p>“Never driving again,” said one user.</p> <p>“Set the car on fire,” said another.</p> <p>“This is my worst nightmare!” said a woman, with another agreeing with her sentiments, saying, “Sent shivers down my spine.”</p> <p>Snake catcher from <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/snakecatchersunshinecoast/" target="_blank">The Snake Catcher 24/7 Sunshine Coast</a>, Stuart McKenzie, said coastal carpet pythons are “the most common snake that we deal with here on the coast.”</p> <p>He advised locals to remain vigilant as snakes will become a common sight during summer time.</p> <p>“Snakes in general are going to be on the move a fair bit over the next couple of months,” Mr McKenzie told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/worst-nightmare-shoppers-terrifying-find-busy-car-park-010357039.html" target="_blank">Yahoo7</a></em>.</p> <p>“I’d say this snake had just come in and climbed up the levels, probably up the side of the building and then straight inside to get out of the rain.”</p> <p>According to Mr McKenzie, peak time for snakes is January, closely followed by December.</p> <p>Have you ever had a scary encounter with a snake? Tell us your story in the comments below. </p>

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Snake catcher's grim warning for Christmas

<p>Aussies are being warned to be aware of pythons protecting their eggs this season.</p> <p>Sharing a photo of a carpet python incubating her eggs,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/www.snakecatchers.com.au/" target="_blank">Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan &amp; Gold Coast</a><span> </span>revealed how the fiercely protective mother was discovered on a building site in St Lucia, Brisbane earlier in the week.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwww.snakecatchers.com.au%2Fposts%2F923636141158333&amp;width=500" width="500" height="807" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>They were asked to remove the snake and her eggs.</p> <p>The snake catchers safely transported the mother and handed her eggs in to be incubated, as stated on their Facebook page.</p> <p>Female carpet pythons will incubate their eggs for two months.</p> <p>“During this time, she won’t eat and will only ever move off the eggs to bask in the sun close by and return the heat to the eggs. As you can imagine, due to this dedication, they end up looking quite emaciated towards the end of the incubation period,” said the snake catchers.</p> <p>“Once the young begin to hatch and disperse, there is no further parental care.”</p> <p> According to snake catcher, Stuart McKenzie from<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/snakecatchersunshinecoast/" target="_blank">The Snake Catcher 24/7 – Sunshine Coast</a>, releasing mother snakes into the wild and handing in her eggs for incubation is a fairly common practice.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsnakecatchersunshinecoast%2Fposts%2F1936016583141371&amp;width=500" width="500" height="734" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>If found by him, the eggs are taken to Australia Zoo to be cared for.</p> <p>“When the mother is caught and released, she won’t take the eggs back and rather disappears into the bush,” said Mr McKenzie.</p> <p>“I have relocated a mother on eggs and been able to put her and the eggs back in the bush together and she stays on them only a couple of times.”</p> <p>Where are pythons most likely to lay their eggs?</p> <p>Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and Gold Coast say areas which have piles of grass clippings are the most attractive areas for pythons to lay their eggs and incubate them.</p> <p>“Avoid letting a pile of grass clippings accumulate into a very attractive mound for snakes to see as a suitable site for their eggs,” said the snake catchers.</p> <p>They also advised to remain alert around rock retaining walls, as the climate in the small space is considered the perfect temperature for snakes to lay their eggs.</p> <p>“Simple shelter sites provided by various natural and artificial debris should also be considered as potential sites when tidying up the yard,” they said.</p>

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Is your tree safe? Dangerous Christmas lights shatter and catch fire

<p>Australians are being warned to be cautious about the Christmas tree lights they purchase after dodgy Chinese-made lights have posed a serious fire risk.</p> <p>A number of lights imported from China and illegally sold in Australia do not meet local safety standards and have been found to be a fire hazard.</p> <p>The Christmas lights are not Australian certified and can cause severe damage.</p> <p>Fair Trading senior investigator Glen Toole told Seven News the most common flaw in these lights are that the bulbs break “easily and expose live parts”.</p> <p>As a result, the discount store lights can set alight a Christmas tree and risk burning down a house in only a few minutes.</p> <p>Fire and Rescue NSW is advising Aussies to only purchase Australian-made and certified light decorations (with an Australian Standards label), as well as some other festive guidelines.</p> <p>They also recommend only using one item per power socket to avoid overloading power boards or piggy back double adapters.</p> <p>If you do use a power board, make sure it has both overload protection and earth leakage protection incorporated for maximum safety.</p> <p>In the Christmas season, it is also recommended to regularly check lights and inspect the plugs and leads to make sure they are all working sufficiently.</p> <p>Fire and Rescue NSW also suggested that decorative lights are kept out of reach from children as well as flammable materials, including wrapped presents under the tree or curtains.</p> <p>Do you decorate your Christmas tree with lights? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Decorating hack: Have we been hanging Christmas lights the wrong way?

<p>It may be the most tedious part of decorating a Christmas tree, but stringing lights around the tree doesn’t have to be draining if done correctly.</p> <p>Most people are known to wrap the lights around the tree starting from the very top and working their way down to the bottom, but there may be a better way to string lights around a tree, and not only is it easier, it looks better too.</p> <p>Francesco Bilotto, a designer and home entertainment expert, has claimed for years that hanging Christmas lights vertically from the top to the bottom of the tree is a fool-proof method to get the most sparkling Christmas tree.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.housebeautiful.com/entertaining/holidays-celebrations/news/a7580/hang-christmas-lights-vertically/" target="_blank">House Beautiful</a></em>, Bilotto says that by hanging the lights vertically instead of horizontally, each bulb will be in plain view rather than getting hidden amongst the branches.</p> <p>“This way every tip of your tree, from branch to branch, will twinkle with delight,” he said.</p> <p>He also advised those at home to take the end of the light without the plug and putting it on top of the tree.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/S7OxAdrsy7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/S7OxAdrsy7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Finally got our tree and decorated it 🎄 #treeontree #golddeers #redsparklyballs #verticallights #besttree #redandgold</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by @<a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/yarilovee/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> yarilovee</a> on Dec 6, 2012 at 10:36pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As you hang the lights vertically, weave them in and out of tree until the excess is hanging off the bottom, then with the lights that are left over, move it across a few inches then work your way back up to the top.</p> <p>Once the process is repeated, it should result in a tree that is sparkling all over.</p> <p>“Another added bonus is when you dismantle your tree and take off the lights, it’ll be easier and less messy to remove strands from the exterior of the tree – rather than fighting a stubborn almost dried branch,” he said.</p> <div style="position: relative; padding-bottom: calc(56.25% + 50px); height: 0;"><iframe style="position: absolute; width: 100%; height: 100%;" src="https://www.today.com/offsite/should-you-be-hanging-your-christmas-tree-lights-vertically-579347011617" scrolling="no" frameborder="0"></iframe></div> <p>And to put the technique to test, host of US breakfast show<span> </span><em>Today</em>, Savannah Guthrie, tried it out on air in 2015.</p> <p>Clearly impressed, Guthrie said: “I’ll say this – it’s a lot easier. Usually you’re walking in circles.”</p> <p>Will you be trying out this Christmas lights hack on your tree this year? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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You better watch out! Deadly brown snakes invade Aussie Christmas tree farm

<p>Deadly brown snakes are threatening to ruin a family-run Christmas tree farm ahead of the holiday season.</p> <p>The Court family, owners of Xmas Tree Bob farm, have warned buyers to wear closed-in shoes when looking through the Wolumla property for the perfect tree.</p> <p>“It has affected the families and kids roaming on the property wanting to tag a tree,” owner Deb Court told the <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>ABC</u></em></strong></a>.</p> <p>Deb has been forced to leave a sign at the entrance of the property so that visitors are immediately warned to “watch out for brown snakes”.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fxmastreebob%2Fphotos%2Fa.1091411717568055%2F2561426900566522%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="504" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“No sandals or flip flops or open toed shoes,” the sign reads.</p> <p>Deb took over the family business following her dad’s death in 2016.</p> <p>The family, whose farm is made visible by brightly coloured tree-shaped cardboard cut-outs along the fence, has been selling pine trees from their five-acre property for nearly a decade.</p> <p>Despite the knowledge of tree harvesting passed down to her, Deb said the snakes had caught her off guard and had become a “kill-joy”.</p> <p>Deb explained that she has already had two close encounters with deadly snakes.</p> <p>When she was getting out of her car one day, she nearly stepped on a brown snake.</p> <p>She also had one pass through her legs while she was gardening.</p> <p>Now, Deb always carries a rake with her at all times and greets every potential buyer at the front of her property.</p> <p>She also never steps outside without wearing closed-in shoes.</p> <p>“This year, I'm wearing gumboots and [I'm] not in the garden nearly as much.”</p> <p>Deb also now has the added pressure to leave pre-cut trees at the entrance of the farm so her buyers are as safe as possible.</p> <p>However, she said her customers had been understanding and that the issue has not yet impacted sales.</p> <p>“I think Dad is up there laughing his head off at me trying to manage this,” she said. </p> <p>Deb believes the snake invasion has been caused by the recent drought.</p> <p>WIRES Reptile Handling Trainer Gary Pattinson explained that brown snakes are drawn out by hot weather.</p>

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How to grow passionfruit in your backyard

<p>An Aussie backyard isn’t complete without a passionfruit vine rambling over the back fence or covering up the broken timbers of an ageing wooden shed.</p> <p>My childhood summers were often spent watching the fruit ripen tantalisingly, then tearing open their tough wrinkly skins to slurp up the sweet, aromatic pulp within.</p> <p>But it’s the passionfruit’s flowers that truly captivated me – huge, delicately-intricate lacy petals of white, orange, pink and purple hues. I would wait for each flower to magically unfurl – revealing a beauty no bee could resist.</p> <p>I immediately planted a vine on my edible balcony when I discovered passionfruit grow equally well in pots. The variety I’m growing – Nellie Kelly – is hardy and reliable. It can withstand light frosts and is suitable for all but the nippiest parts of NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.</p> <p>I’ve filled my 30cm x 30cm x 30cm pot with a well-drained potting mix rich in organic matter and with a couple of added scoops of well-rotted manure. It’s in a full-sun position near my vertical wall so it can wrap its tendrils around the frame as it grows and spreads its glossy dark green leaves.</p> <p>I water deeply a few times a week – more as it warms up in summer. Dry soil will lead to flower and fruit drop so always keep your passionfruit well-watered.</p> <p>I feed my vines with an all-purpose liquid fertiliser in early spring and early autumn to keep the plant healthy and productive.</p> <p>Spring is a good time to put in your vine and you should start seeing your first fruit in about six to eight months’ time – depending on the passionfruit variety you select.</p> <p>Pruning is important to keep your passionfruit healthy and productive. The vines only fruit at the ends of their branches so, after a crop has finished, cut back the ends to encourage offshoots which will lead to more fruit in the next season.</p> <p>And make sure all the flowers are easy to access for the bees to work their pollinating magic.</p> <p>The fruit will ripen on the vine and can be gently twisted off or will drop to the ground when they’re ready. Once picked, passionfruit will not ripen any further.</p> <p>And the best way to enjoy your passionfruit? Of course, nothing beats passionfruit drizzled over a whipped cream and banana pavlova or simply spooned into a glass topped with sparkling mineral water.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><em>Indira Naidoo co-hosts Sydney’s 2CH breakfast show with Trevor Sinclair from 6am-9am Monday-Friday.</em></p> <p><em>Purchase copies of Indira Naidoo’s garden cookbooks The Edible Balcony and The Edible City at </em><span><em><a href="https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-edible-balcony-by-indira-naidoo-and-alan-benson-9781921382536/">Dymocks</a></em></span><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Written by Indira Naidoo. Republished with permission of <span><strong><a href="https://www.domain.com.au/living/gardening-growing-passionfruit-782110/">Domain.com.au.</a></strong></span> </em></p>

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