This is a monthly link-up dreamed up by Christine at Slow Living Essentials. We bloggers get together and chat about April and our achievements in nine different categories. There is much inspiration to be had here so join in the fun and link-up or simply visit the participating blogs to see what folk are up to!
I've been busy out and about, tripping around or (when home) out in the garden and paddocks so food has been a lot of snacky sultanas, dates and sesame seeds and I've cooked a few bulk meals to see us through. I will admit there have been a few 'scratch' nights where the family have had to rustle up whatever they could find whether it be a peanut butter sandwich or some puffed rice with my fruit butter, and yoghurt with preserved fruit often featured too.
Pumpkin and I went collecting kindling together in the bush. It was a fun little excursion including a lovely tour led by Pumpkin to show me the fairy path she has found in the bush. I never knew it was there!!! We thought we had collecting heaps of kindling but it only lasted a couple of weeks, not the good month or two we were imagining.
I was given some hand-me-downs that were quite moth eaten. Because they were wool, I thought of composting them but decided they would make good, soft cloths. We also used an old freezer basket to protect some newly planted elderflower plants. It worked well.
I don't know how green this really is, but I purchased some conditioner to treat some little bugs that came to live on the children's heads! I have used essential oils in the past and while I love aromatherapy and know that it really works, I started wondering about the safety of using strong oils on my children's hair. Just because they are natural doesn't necessarily mean they are safe. Some essential oils are potent so this time I just used the smother and comb method. How I despise the little bug
I've had a real slump in the garden. Summer wore me out this year. I was dejected by the end of it and stopped even trying to garden. We spent near on a thousand dollars on water over the spring/summer season and it left me feeling as though we are living in the wrong area to achieve our dreams. It's completely unsustainable. I've since planted broccoli and spinach (thanks for the seedlings Mum) and I've been helping the kids prepare a flower bed at the base of their favourite tree. So I think I've somewhat regained my enthusiasm to a degree but we have a lot to think about before next summer.
Yep. Nup. Zilch. Nothing. I didn't even get around to mending Buddy's favourite doll, George's leg. He was wedged between the wall and bed and in Buddy's attempts to save him, he had a most unfortunate mishap. The leg by which Buddy was extricating him came off! George is a bit special to Buddy and often comes with us on family outings so I must get onto the repair work. The old leg is made of plastic and too firm to sew through and I just haven't decided whether to give him a prosthetic or just sew up the gap and allow him to continue life with one leg only. I'm leaning ('scuse pun) towards the one leg option.
Discovery. Where do I start and where do I end!! I was lucky enough to listen to Joel Salatin twice in April! I have been so inspired. I had soooo many plans after my permaculture design course that I completed years ago but it was just... too... hard... and my plans dwindled away........
Joel's talks, Don't be Scared, Be Strange, was just the thing I needed. Many changes are now taking place on our farm. There. I said it. Farm. If you look back, I've never used this term before because I felt we just didn't cut it. Well there you have change number one. I'm daring to call this a farm because there is plenty going on right here and plenty more farming plans in the pipeline.
I'm an ex Vanuatu girl and I heard about some immediate needs following Cylone Pam. I put a call out on Face Book and I couldn't believe the amazing response from my friends and our local schools. My father knew of a shipping container due to leave Melbourne and made a trip down with the collected goods. Thank you again all my kind and proactive friends. You are amazing!
Our trip away was only possible due to the generosity of another friend who took on the task of learning to milk our goats to allow us time to holiday. Thank you so much! Our girls couldn't have had better care.
Throw in a camp which was our first Steiner experience and April was amazing! It seemed longer than most months because we squashed in so many different and new experiences.
I can't wait to hear about your April adventures. Please link up below.