We're out of dog-tucker again, and I will have to remedy the situation. Otherwise the poor things may have to catch the next wallaby in the garden and work on doggy self-sufficiency. Or I will have to buy dogfood. (The kitties still have lots of frozen wrasse). We really do try to buy in as little as possible -transport to the island does make stuff expensive. Yet there are loads of islanders who buy everything - from $4 loaves of bread to lettuces. We obviously swap a lot of stuff, but basically basics like flour, rice and oil we still buy (although potatoes make a lot of starch, and all our bread gets a little potato too). We haven't bought any form of protein for years. I had some store bought chicken the other day. Odd tasting stuff :-). Of course there is still a lot of bush tucker and seafood still to investigate. And I'm looking for a few nice fat wallaby for Barbs's plan to make soap. I finally got my hands on some sheep caul - going to try it on a roast wallaby.
But in the meanwhile I am going to write about a kid starving in the outback. I've been researching desert bush tucker and conclude that in most cases, ordinary city types would die in days. I'd give myself a few more, if there was water (there are yabbies and crabs, if not fish) but most of the plants besides saltbush and warringal I would not recognise or know what to do with.