Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Slow living April 2012
SLOW LIVING - Month by Month April 2012
NOURISH: I have been trying a new recipe every Tuesday in order to gather together some well tried and tested recipes to make menu planning easier. I am also trying to have more meatless meals along with Rhonda from Down to Earth. Last night we just had a bunch of roasted veggies - pumpkin, onions, garlic, broccoli, celery, and carrots with brown rice. It was totally delicious, and I realized I must not stress about not having a plan for dinner, and just cook what is there.
PREPARE: I made some comfrey ointment, hoping to have a positive effect on my hubby's sore ankle.
REDUCE: I cleaned out the pantry and repacked a lot of things into glass bottles, reducing the amount of plastic containers. I took note of the extra items I had that were purchased and then not used again and will plan to use them up so that I only keep a core list in my pantry, not half the supermarket.
GREEN: Does the fact that I now have a pair of gardening gloves made of bamboo count? I won a couple of pairs of gardening gloves from -the-urban-farm-handbook-challenge.
GROW: The garden is definitely starting to pick up and produce now. I harvested lots of ginger in order to make room for the tomatoes, and the winged bean are going crazy! I thought they were just a wet season vegetable, but I see they are here for good, so will have to assign that portion of the patch over to them. I am harvesting salad greens by picking off the leaves so that they can continue to grow. Some seedlings seem slow in starting up. I have starting adding a little sulphate of potash to my fortnightly feed with seaweed.
CREATE: My grandkids are going on a holiday to Brisbane where it gets a little cooler than here so beanies and scarves were requested. I used a variegated yarn, and think they turned out quite well.
I reached over 100 followers on my blog and organized a giveaway of one of my silk scarves. I make them using a paint that uses the sun to set the designs and lay flowers and ferns on the scarves to set in the design. scarves
DISCOVER: Share titles/authors of what has been read this month.
I simply love Alexander McCalls books in the No1 ladies detective Agency series. I found a new one in the library called "The Limpopo academy of Private Detection". I also ordered some for my mom - at a great price and with free shipping. 3 books - paid for in Australia, shipped to South Africa, for a total price of 14.00! It is worth checking out and they have a further 10% off for the months of April and May. book depository I can't wait for my mom to read them.
ENHANCE: I made a new path in the garden, and love wandering down butterfly alley!
ENJOY: We had some visitors from overseas and really enjoyed showing them around the beautiful part of Australia that we call home. There is a rocky outcrop above Mossman Gorge and for the first time ever I got some good photos which I shared on my travel blog here: Good Shepherd I am so blessed to live here!
thank you so much Christine for organizing this - I am really enjoying this bit of reflection every month!