Nourish - I had an absolute adventure in this area during August. I took part in a dinner where the request was to use local food. I threw myself into this challenge with enthusiasm.
|Rhubarb Meringue Pie|
Prepare - I made beef stock and froze it. I've also been making double batches of pastry and freezing half. Now I'll have the convenience of that tasteless stuff from the supermarket but with yumminess and the health benefits of my home ground flour.
Reduce - We have been running out of plastic bags a lot this month. We are up and down in this area. I re-use bread bags so, when I am buying bread, we have plastic bags. The down side when I am organised enough to make most of our bread is that I have to come up with other solutions for plastic bags. Mainly I use my plastic containers.
Ages ago I made hubby some sandwich wraps. Now, I must point out that hubby is in earthworks so there are some unspoken rules. They're a boysy bunch of
Green - I've been making my own soap again and having a ball! I used to make our own soap, but haven't made it for years because I won't make it with children around. Lately I have had some time when Pumpkin has been elsewhere and I have been able to make it.
I purchased some hand cream made from pigs lard at our swap market. I'm planning to buy some lard from this same woman so that I can try it in my soap.
|I've been experimenting with solidified animal fat vs. vegetable oil. I put dried lavender on the top of the bars that have lavender oil in them. The rest have no fragrance.|
Grow - I bought seedlings from our farmer's market. I was attracted to the stall because the plants were in little newspaper pots. They are in the ground but have made slow progress. I imagine as the soil warms up they will take off. I planted mustard, chard, red cabbage, kale, pak choy and maybe some more. I can't remember.
I finally sorted out the raspberries. I haven't pruned them in the three years they have been in the ground and, oh my goodness, the mess! It was a prickly jungle.
Create - I can't believe I have to say it again, but I still haven't finished the dress I'm knitting for Belle! I was nearly there but I sewed the sleeves on wrong. In the process of getting them off again, I damaged the sleeves. My goodness I'll be glad when I finish it!
Discover - I borrowed books on backyard poultry, natural farming, re-vegetation etc. from the library. I haven't really had time to read any of them, but I have had a peek inside them every time I've had a chance. Although I would like to read them cover to cover, a peek is enough to get me thinking about what we would like to achieve in the future.
Enhance - I gave away seven lots of raspberry canes. Yay! Seven families growing their own yummy berries. I had so much fun giving them away.
In August we joined an environmental group. I am so happy to be a member. We attended the AGM and were amazed at the number of very committed members. They have been a great source of information for me. I found out through them that Julian Cribb was speaking at a seminar nearby and was lucky enough to be able to attend.
Enjoy - I've been loving the glimpses of spring. The garden is starting to be a real focus again. And, as always, I've been enjoying these guys.......
|Poor Pumpkin doesn't feature in this photo because |