Well I can't believe it but a month has just passed without me writing a single post!! That hasn't happened since I began this blog. I actually did write a post but had such issues uploading photos due to limited data allowance that I just gave up. Then, when it was all sorted, I found I'd lost my mojo.
Luckily it's time for me to recap my month. That should get me back on track. I'm joining in with many other bloggers to take part in Christine's Monthly Nine over at Slow Living Essentials. I have heaps to tell you as I haven't been keeping my regular blog record. The goats have become a bit all-consuming because I'm now milking morning and night so we've been productive!
*Takes a deep breath.....* here goes!
Nourish - The porridge has moved off the stovetop and onto the fire. I love the cosiness of wintery weather.
I've also made cheese for the first time ever. I'm in LOVE!! A simple soft goats cheese that tastes yummy on biscuits and I have also used it to make a baked cheesecake and a goats cheese soufflé. I will definitely be making the soufflé again! Yuummmm!
Reduce - I'm happy to say we have reduced our food packaging! With our own milk, together with the preserving, we are using heaps less throw away containers. A few years ago, we changed from regular milk to powdered in an attempt to reduce the rubbish our milk consumption was creating. Well now, since February, we have been enjoying waste-free milk galore! I did purchase some milk bottles because I have been sharing and swapping my milk on a regular basis. I kept running out of containers. I think the new bottles will be worth their weight in gold for keeping the milk storage organised. I just need to count on people returning the bottles and I'm sure they will. That will make my purchase justifiable.
I've been making hand soap recently too.
Grow - Garlic, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, silverbeet, rocket and mustard are all happily growing away in the garden. I've been removing netting and adding manure and mulch to all the fruit trees. I've planted a little garden in the orchard for the chooks. They have rocket, mustard and nasturtiums that I transplanted from selfseeded plants in the veggie garden. I've netted over the top in the hopes that the plants will grow undisturbed while the chooks nibble away at anything that grows through the netting. I do wonder though, if I should change the bird netting for chicken wire. I did it this way because it was easier but I might pay the price later. I think that's a new job I must add to my long mental list that I carry with me everywhere!
Discover - I've been learning new recipes as I try to find new ways to use my goats cheese. I've learnt to make green tomato pickles. Belle has also achieved heaps in this category. She can now independently milk a goat at the age of eleven.
While I know it's not what this category is about, my garden has been enhanced by nature! It's rained a couple of times recently. Really rained! Now everything looks happy and healthy.
Buddy Boy plays football by himself on a daily basis and has created a couple of imaginary team mates called Snot and Booger! Eeewww! He is such a 'boy'!!
I am never lacking an amusing moment with my children around.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to start living June! Stay happy!