I'm looking forward to hearing what you've been up to during November. If you're new to this link up you'll find the details here. Please join in with us and share your achievements under the nine slow living categories created by Christine from Slow Living Essentials.
I find I go through stages where I choose my meals depending on the food available to buy ethically and then stages where I look to our place first. Then there are the stages where I'm not organised so I do the best I can from the supermarket aisles. The old organic pasta sauce is a fall back in this house.
Anyway, November was a reasonable month for providing from our own place. We've snacked on lots of peas straight from the pod. We've had spinach to cook with, and lots of home made cheese. We enjoyed eating quiches. The peas are a great thing for trips. We pick them and throw them straight into a bag. Then we enjoy snacking on their sweetness as we travel. The kids love being allowed to throw the pods out of the car window in the rural areas.
We've also eaten a lot of cheese and lettuce and egg and lettuce sandwiches. I have so much yummy lettuce in the garden and also eggs in abundance. Though I do believe the children may have removed the lettuce from their sandwiches while I wasn't looking!
I was lucky enough to get some elderflowers and made my first ever batch of cordial. I was surprised at how delicious it is and I'm trying to get a cutting going now so that I can make this yummy drink every year.
I'm astounded by the amount of washing we create! No matter how often I wash clothes, there are always more at the bottom of the basket. I'm
|My lovely mother helping with Buddy|
I enjoyed a day of soap making with a friend. It was wonderful! Our children enjoyed each other's company and kept out of our way while we played in the kitchen. We managed to make five batches which translated to about sixty bars of soap. We tried adding food colouring for the first time. I usually just leave my soaps fairly plain. The colouring worked beautifully and I've decided to stop making the same old, same old and start experimenting a little more. It's fun!!
The garden is having it's best year yet. The spring garden always grows nice and green but this year I have finally learnt some basics and everything is growing quickly. I had not been using enough compost over the years I have been gardening. Somehow I missed the point. Possibly that was due to my frugal nature and inclination to stretch everything out. Anyway, I now heap the compost on and my friend told me about potash. I guess I've read all this stuff before but didn't realise the importance. This particular friend has an amazing veggie garden and grows enough to preserve for leaner times of year so I figured listening to her methods would be a very good idea! My tomatoes are looking so healthy and large. They are covered in flowers and I'm regularly checking to see if any have set. Hopefully it won't be long now!
Everything in this category is a big secret at this time of year! I've been on the sewing machine, I've had the crochet hook out and we're hoping to get crafty with paper today.
I found a fifty cent copy of Lord of the Flies at the op shop so I re-read it. Such a well written but disturbing book! Possibly because we all know people with these personalities. I suppose some people really do have a very dark side when you look at historical events during war time. The up side is, the people in my life are people I really like and admire!
I also discovered some welcome and some not so welcome wildlife visiting in the garden. I would much rather the snakes hung out in the bush outside our garden.
I'm really glad that Christine dreamt up this category! It's one of the most important, in my mind. Though some months I find this a hard catergory to fill, it's the process of doing things for each other that gives life meaning. It connects people and improves our lives. Loneliness is something I can only imagine at this point in my life thankfully, but I'm sure it must be awful for people who don't have connections. This month I was able to make soap with a friend as mentioned above, I was linked in to a manure collection through the same friend, I was able to donate goats milk for a cheese making workshop and I cooked a meal for a friend who needed a hand. I've enjoyed being mentored in my gardening by another friend who really wants to see me succeed. Aren't I a lucky person!!
I attended a fiftieth birthday where I walked around most of the night with a silly smile on my face. (Nothing to do with the delicious cocktails, of course) I felt ridiculously gooey about my friends and even their friends that I was meeting for the first time. Everyone was so real and open and my children and husband had as much fun as I did. How wonderful to have down times in our crazily busy life to reflect on the fun and friendship in our world.