Please link-up with us and tell us what September held for you under the nine categories. Thank you Christine (Slow Living Essentials) for dreaming up this wonderful way to connect and get inspiration from others!
Eggs are back on the menu. We've been enjoying quiches again and having boiled eggs as part of casual meals of bits and pieces. The girls and I love egg sandwiches too. I love them with lettuce for a bit of fresh crunch!
It's lemon season and although I don't have them in profusion, plenty of my friends do. I've been given heaps of lemons to make cordial with. This year I'd like to get a good stock of summer drinks going before the weather heats up. It's difficult to get ahead though because the kids love the cordial.
I've started working on Christmas gifts already. I would love to have a Christmas without purchased gifts but making presents is very time consuming. With a bit of luck, if I start now, I will have my greenest Christmas yet. I know if I get a head start on the presents, I will look forward to the day instead of stressing about it like I so often do!
Well! I read a great post by Melissa at Frugal and Thriving about making your own hot oil treatment for dry hair. It has really worked on my dry, grey hair but..... I used just olive oil and geranium essential oil (I'm allergic to lavender). I wash my hair with soap so I gave it three washes to rinse out the oil and left it to dry. Lucky I wasn't going anywhere that day because it didn't all come out. It was sooo oily! The next day I washed it a couple more times and now it's lovely and soft. If you give it a try, it might be best not to do it on the day of a special occasion.
I just couldn't stay out of the garden this month! It's become like an obsession. I have added compost to beds, helped the children prepare their own veggie beds at their request, sewn seeds, planted seedlings, fertilised..... I have lettuce, silver beet, rhubarb, spring onions, cauliflower, herbs and we harvested a couple of cabbages. I'm giving my spring seedlings daily attention as we head into the next season of plants. Love, love, love being in the garden on these sunny, spring days!
Well I can't show you what I'm doing for Christmas because the family would see their pressies! I was also very busy making shopping bags and vegetable bags for the event in the next category. Belle helped me sew them and in the process she learnt to use the sewing machine. She has since made shoulder bags for herself and her little sister, Pumpkin. I'm quite proud of her. I certainly didn't know how to sew at eleven years old.
On the weekend of the climate marches, our environment group went to a local supermarket and gave away shopping bags that we had sewn. We took our machines and sewed more bags on the spot. All the bags were made from recycled material. We figured that it was a great way to start conversations and thought around climate change and the personal actions that can be taken. The event was well received and hopefully we've encouraged a few of the people we spoke with to shop with reusable bags rather than plastic.
After breaking my computer, I had a new hard drive installed. I am now using Windows 8 and I hate it. I feel like I'm learning to use the computer all over again. It is soooo different that I'm even having trouble just locating explorer and photos. Very frustrating when writing posts though I suppose like anything, it will become easy over time.
Did I tell you that I'm enjoying gardening? Hee hee!