Tuesday, 28 March 2017

PVAS at Envirofest 2017

By Chris R.

On Saturday the 25th of March, Possum Valley attended Whiteman Park’s ‘Envirofest’ – an event organised to showcase environmentally conscious and sustainable ideas in the community. It was a beautifully sunny day and the PVAS stall was popular with both children and adults. Visitors to our stall could meet PVAS residents Dasher and May the goats and Noodle the rooster. Baby Lilly the goat made special appearances at feed time, winning many hearts with her huge ears and affectionate nature. 

PVAS presented a number of displays designed to encourage people to adopt a cruelty free lifestyle, which has huge benefits for the environment. We also launched our newest product 'Rescue Poo’ fertilizer which was well received by the gardeners attending. 

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to say 'hi', to purchase some of our beautiful merchandise or to learn more about helping the animals and the earth.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Vegan Recipe: Will's Vegan Blueberry Slice

By Chris R.

This delicious and healthy slice was created by a work friend who amended it to be entirely vegan with no detriment to its flavour and amazingly light texture.  

The slice will keep frozen or in the fridge for up to a week, but I’m sure it won’t last that long once tasted!

-1¼ cups of icing sugar mixture
-½ cup of plain flour
-¼ teaspoon of baking powder
-1 cup of almond meal
-1 capful of vanilla essence
-1 capful of lemon essence
-150g of light Nutellex spread, melted and cooled
-150g of frozen blueberries
-4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed to 12 tablespoons water, mixed well
-Icing sugar to serve

-Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in the almond meal. 
-Make a well in the centre of the mix and add in the flax mixture (which has been lightly whisked), the Nutellex spread and essences. 
-Pour into a prepared pan and sprinkle with blueberries.
-Bake at 180C for 30 to 40 minutes.

Sanctuary Animal Profile: Hope & Faith

By Chris R.

Hope and her twin sister Faith arrived at Possum Valley in the Autumn of 2016. Their mother had been sent to market and the farmer, who was unable to rear them, contacted a friend who coordinated their trip to the Valley.

Hope and Faith were inseparable, greeting us with loud baas in unison for their bottles each morning and night and sleeping side by side in the sunshine.

As time passed, we noticed that Faith was struggling keeping up with the other lambs, often last in for breakfast and dinner and sleeping more than usual. Hope always stayed by her side, waiting patiently for her sister even when feed time arrived.

Faith visited the vet for testing but all results were inconclusive. Then late one night she collapsed in her yard and was rushed to Murdoch Vet Hospital. Faith was admitted overnight and the following day we were saddened to hear that she had a serious heart murmur. After two days of care, the vets suggested she come home to be with her sister. Hope was excited to have Faith home and the two relaxed in the comfort of our bedroom. Faith’s heart condition progressed quickly. Within a day she was unable to stand and just two days later passed away peacefully. Hope cried terribly when Faith’s body was taken away – reminding us yet again that animals have great love for, and attachment to their kin. 

With time, Hope settled, choosing Dorothy Lamb as a new buddy in the lamb yard. Soon after Faith’s passing, Hope suffered a chest infection and lost all her wool. Again the vets were at a loss as to the cause of her ill health. With the onset of Spring, however, Hope’s health slowly improved and by Christmas she had reached the grand weight of 17kg – a huge milestone for this tiny lamb.

Hope has grown into a playful, cheeky lamb. What she lacks in size she makes up for in spirit and she is a much loved member of the sheep flock in the Valley.