It's a lovely way for people to record their months and share their ideas, acheivements and news. If it's inspiration you're after, you will love reading through these posts!
It has been wonderful to watch a connected online community form throughout the process. I have got to 'know' many new people and formed some great connections. I'm often amazed at how thoughtful bloggers can be, even offering assistance and advice to each other via email outside of the link-up. This little group of people have become friends!
I am honoured (and a little bit amazed) that Christine has gifted me the custodianship of this link-up! I hope I can do it justice. While I will really miss popping over to Slow Living Essentials to join in each month, I totally understand the point Christine has arrived at with needing to blog less. I am glad that her idea will continue on and the community can continue to grow!
Thank you Christine for choosing to keep this forum alive. I hope to hear about your happenings often and hope that one day you will decide you are in a position to take your blogging baby back.
The Monthly Nine format is perfect as it is, so you will see little change. I will probably rename it but am reluctant to do so without some thought. So for now it remains the Slow Living Monthly Nine.
Please join me and many others as we relate our achievement and joys. I look forward to reading your posts.
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Slow Living Monthly Nine - July 2014
We've been enjoying continuing on with winter warmers. There have been plenty of casseroles and soups appearing. I've been making a conscious effort to choose meals that I can cook in huge amounts so that I can freeze some. It has paid off BIG time!! Do you know how good it feels to go to the freezer on a disorganised evening and find a precooked meal waiting. It's even better if you have a terrible memory like mine. I am often surprised by what I find in there; it feels as though someone has gifted me a meal!
Ah ha! I've already covered this in the last category. My frozen meals are serving us well. We've also been dipping into the preserved fruit that we bottled in summer and autumn. The kids are loving eating fruit on their puffed rice, puffed sorgum or just in a bowl with yoghurt.
I participated in Plastic Free July. The aim is to reduce and track the amount of single-use plastic that enters our homes. To be honest, I think we did worse with reducing plastic this month than we normally do. We always shy away from plastic when we can, but July saw lots of plastic sneaking into the house while we weren't looking! The best outcome this year has been the kids involvement. They have been very aware of the challenge and have shrieked, "PLASTIC!" whenever we accidently acquired some. They treat it as though it is poison entering our home, and so they should!!
The idea was that I would be telling you all about the soap I made in July but I never did get around to it. Again.
I've been using a little bit of castor sugar mixed with some lovely, local olive oil as a facial scrub. A couple of times I have used honey or yoghurt as a mask, much to the children's amusement.
My garden has been sorely neglected of late, yet I am still enjoying broccoli and plenty of rhubarb.
I actually have stuff to report this month! Yay!! I made Rosie a belated gift for her birthday. The intention was to have it ready on time but I was too preoccupied with organising the party. So early in July, I finished the book I was making her and popped it in the post. The photo's from Rosie's phone because I forgot to snap it!
I have a jumper on the go for Buddy and am half way through a sock for me. Wow! I hadn't realised I had done so much (for me) in this category!
I have a great group of like-minded friends and we work together with trying to source food outside of the major supermarkets. Sometimes I receive a phone call offering me excess fruit from a glut (yes, I know.... It's only a dream here too! I've never had excess yet) or someone might contact me to see if I have spare flour to see them through until the next bulk food day. Together we co-operate and share where we can and it feels lovely!
I attended a course on beekeeping and how to put together a bee box. The presenter was a very experienced bee keeper and I learnt so much! Some people just love to share knowledge. I have volunteered to work alongside him in spring. I can't wait!
|Photo of a queen bee cell - courtesy Clare Watson|
Hmmm. Who want to be a boy bee??! It's also amazing how each type of bee has an individual role for the good of the hive and, if the need arises, can reactivate past functions to keep the hive in good health. I'm looking forward to getting back into beekeeping in spring.
While I didn't lay eyes on my older girl's in July, I enjoyed great chats on the phone and saw some lovely photos on facebook. Aren't we lucky to be able to communicate in so many ways? I was also delighted that my parents had the children to stay a couple of times. It's so nice to spend time with Hubby without feeling like parents. Nice to remember that we are people in our own right.
|A photo of my granddaughter that I was able to enjoy via face book|
I particularly enjoyed milking time with the goats. Belle has taken over this task most nights so I do the manual work of feeding and watering and then sit on the hay and listen to Belle chattering happily away. All in all, July was a fantastic month for me!