We're in gardening mode here at our place but, before I step out into the garden, I'd like to invite you all to join in with the Monthly Nine link-up and share your achievements in the nine slow living categories. It's time to reflect on August and all that it involved.
The Monthly Nine was created by Christine at Slow Living Essentials and I have gratefully become its custodian. The details of the categories can be found here.
Slow Living Monthly Nine - August 2014
Nourish - I may struggle this month with recalling the month just lived. I have broken my laptop. It's at the repairers so I have no photos to prompt my memory. So! Relying on my dodgy grey matter.....
I received my bulk foods delivery late in the month with much relief. I had run out of flour, sugar, puffed rice and many other items. We receive our order every three months and it's hard to estimate quantities perfectly for a three month period.
Eggs are back on the menu! The girls are laying again. We've had a couple of quiches topped with the meagre pickings available. Mainly kale and broccoli. Thank goodness for our goats cheese which added a wonderful flavour kick!
We also enjoyed a roast chicken when we received our monthly free range chicken delivery. There's something wonderful about only occasionally having a roast. We have sooo much more appreciation for the meal! I was amused to hear my children asking 'would it be okay' if they had seconds and thirds of the roast veggies. Hahaaha! Yes, please help yourselves!!!!
I froze a lot of stock when I made up a batch of home made baked beans. I saved all the veggie peelings and ends and then I covered them with water and popped the pot on our slow combustion fire for a couple of days. It smells so good. I also froze a lot of whey over the month. I mainly use it for our spoilt chookies. I figure they are more likely to lay me eggs if I warm their tummies with a warm and nutritious mash.
The weather was great over winter. We had a fair bit of rain and the ground stayed consistently moist. However it's been a good couple of weeks since we have seen any sky juice and we are reliant on tank water for all our needs hence shared baths have become a regular routine in our house. Hubby has also set up our grey water again so the shared bath water gets well used before it leaves our place! Update - It's begun to rain since I began writing this post!! Let's hope it keeps up for a while.
I'm due to visit Rosie soon and have been thinking about what I'll need to pack. My toiletry box doesn't need much these days. Some soap, bicarb soda for deodorant, herbal toothpaste and my moisturiser. I'm using a commercial moisturiser at the moment. Sometimes I make my own but life ebbs and flows with it's busyness which dictates how much time I have available.
|I can't wait to see how much she's grown since I last saw her|
Asparagus is shooting now. I haven't used it in a meal yet. It's still such a novelty that I can't resist cutting the spears and munching on them in the garden! Yuummm!
We have broccoli, rhubarb, kale, snow peas and some leeks. I also found some yummy potatoes that were still hiding in the soil when I started preparing garden beds for spring gardening. The cabbages are steadily hearting up.
I made some dish draining cloths for us and gave one to Lou Lou with a matching dishcloth. I use a pretty cotton fabric on one side and back the other with old towel that I cut up. I don't like using standard dish drainers because they get so germy and I think these home made cloths brighten up the kitchen. Then when I clear the sink at night I just throw the draining cloth into the wash. I must get around to making myself some matching dishcloths like I did for Lou Lou.
Funny isn't it, but over the last year I have claimed that I hadn't achieved in this category in a couple of slow living posts. I didn't think about the fact that I was on the committee of our local environment group. I've realised it this time around because I've decided not to be on the committee this year. Even though the commitment wasn't too onerous, I now feel freed up and enthusiastic about becoming very involved in practical ways with new activities to do with our environment. Our family are also taking part in an emerging community garden that I anticipate to be spectacular in a few years time. I'm really pleased that my children have the opportunity to be involved in the creation of a fantastic community space right from the conception stage. Again, I've chosen not to be involved at the committee level because I don't 'do' meetings very well. I'm much more comfortable with being a worker bee!!
Over the past few weeks I was supplying a neighbour with goats milk for an orphaned baby goat she was given. It paid off tenfold! Her cow has since had a calf and she has been giving me cows milk in return. CREAM!!! It was very buttery because the cow has just started lactating so I made my first ever batch of butter. I googled homemade butter to find out how to do it properly. It's very easy to make and it is lovely.
I have loved becoming involved with a social swimming program that I discovered was operating near us. It is designed for preschoolers of course, because most children of my kids' age are off at school. However, it is perfect for Buddy's developmental stage and my girls are fully included in the program and enjoy the interaction with the younger children. They make good role models and give the preschoolers experience with older children.
We find that it is now the highlight of our week! We swim, laugh, sing and enjoy the company of others.
Thank you so much Christine for helping me out with the linky tool again. I will try to learn this skill during September. :-)