Monday, 1 October 2012

Slow Living 2012 - Month 9

Linking up with Christine again this month after missing last month due to a few weeks overseas.

Nourish -Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead.
We have been up to our eyeballs in eggs this month and have been making the most of them.  Using fresh vegetables from the garden to make yummy self crusting quiches.  The asparagus is sending spears our way daily and these have been used in salads and grilled for breakfast.  Last night I used up the last of the fennel in a fennel and pea risotto.

Prepare - Stockpile and preserve. Freeze extra meals or excess garden/market produce. Bottle/can, dehydrate or pickle foods to enjoy when they are not in season.
I spent the day baking up a storm of bird seed bars and other goodies to stock the pantry and freezer for a busy few weeks ahead.

Reduce - Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
I have been cleaning out our wardrobes send a few bags off to the local op shops.

Green Start (or continue!) using homemade cleaners, body products and basic herbal remedies. The options are endless, the savings huge and the health benefits enormous.
I made up another batch of liquid soap and made some bi-carb paste.

Grow plant/harvest. What's growing this month? What's being eaten from the garden?
It has all been about planting out seeds this month.  And there have been some experiments too but more on that later.

Create - To fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
I have not been crafting much this month but have a lot planned for the next few months.

Discover Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests.
I have been reading books about permaculture and climate change and will be blogging about them in another post.

Enhance Community
I am the event director for a classic car show which is happening on the 14th of October so that is taking up a bit of time.  I am also still involved in the anti sand mining group for my local area.  Then there is fund raising for the local chaplaincy with monthly sausage sizzles and I  am involved in the social planning for our community.

Enjoy - Life! Embrace moments with friends and family. Marking the seasons, celebrations and new arrivals are all cause for enjoyment.
September was a busy month for social gatherings with visits from friends and family.  I also had a special visit from my 27 year brother who has just moved to north QLD from NZ and I hope to be seeing a bit more of him in the future

What have you been up to?


  1. Your bicarb paste looks like something I may try. the seed bars look yummy!

  2. I am going to give your baking soda paste a try myself. I just have to source some glycerin.

    I would love to have the problem of too many eggs - hopefully someday we will have chickens, too.

    1. Lightlycrunchy you should be able to get the glycerine near the cake decorating stuff in the supermarket.

  3. Hi! Just discovered your blog and pleased I did! My husband and I are in the middle of pulling off our move from Brisbane out West too, searching for the good life... We've found a farm near Laidley and are hoping to make an offer this week. So, very happy to meet you and read of your adventures too.

    1. Welcome Edwina. Thanks for stopping by. We nearly purchased land out at Grantham and were glad we had not when the flooding happened but we really liked it out there.

  4. Great to hear about your month as always. We enjoying eggs and asparagus too. You've just reminded me I shouldbe in the kitchen baking, not mucking around on computers. Oh well, better get to it.....


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