Nourish - I've still been going nuts on the bread and butter pudding. My mother came to visit one day and I had promised her a Quiche for lunch. There wasn't much in the garden to put in it. Somehow a spring onion and silverbeet quiche didn't appeal. So I fed the poor woman bread and butter pudding for lunch! T'was yummy though! ;-) And we've been using our rhubarb a lot. YUM!
We also had a wonderful month for gifted fruit. We received fruit from the back of a truck ; ) and a friend gave us grapefruit.
Prepare - Mum brought me some jars she had saved which I gratefully accepted! I like to have them on hand in case I become miraculously self sufficient in fruit. (I think I only had three or four stone fruits last year) I have also been sorting out my jar collection because it was a HUGE mess in the bottom of the pantry! I bought some racks at a second hand store and they work well.
Reduce - The usual of washing our bread bags for food storage, using the packet our powdered milk comes in to put our rubbish in, the school lunches made at home and no plastic wrap in sight!
Green - Made comfrey tea to fertilise the garden. I ran out of lots of my makeup ages ago and this month I bought some lippy coloured with carrot (No it's pink, not orange) and some rice powder foundation.
Grow - My broad beans are growing exceptionally well though I have no broad beans that have set. They look healthy and have heaps of flowers so I am hopeful. My rhubarb looks wonderful. I have read that they don't grow well in winter but I have never found that to be the case. I have mini cabbages that have grown beautifully and spring onions and marigolds everywhere! The garlic seems to be plodding along and peas are nearly ready. I can't master carrots but somebody should warn them, I am determined and I will keep trying until I win!!!
Discover - I have been shown how to cast off two pieces of knitting together on a shoulder seam to achieve a flatter seam. I was also shown how to cast on using your thumb to get a nicer edge but I will need to be shown again before I can master it. I discovered there is such a thing as a cittaslow (slow city) and that Yea is a cittaslow ! I taught Pumpkin (five years old) how to knead sour dough. Yes, by herself!
Enhance - I attended a council launch regarding life for children around here. I hope to be chosen for a working party because this is an area of passion for me. I think it is fantastic that they are taking a long term approach and that they are consulting with the community.
I am personally enhanced by the amazing women at my spinning group. They are so happy to offer advice to a beginner knitter and spinner and I just love their company. Most are older than me and are such wise and settled women with so much knowledge to offer.
Enjoy - As a family we usually just camp in one spot every year. This month we were able to travel around holidaying for the first time in ten years. We had a ball! Also, this month my eldest turned 30! Now before you do the maths and make it worse than it already is, I'm forty six. I have a huge child rearing span of the first at sixteen and the last at forty one! Lou Lou's 30th was a lovely relaxed affair and I really enjoyed giving her Rhonda's book and some essential oils.
|My children at Lou Lou's birthday celebration|