Thursday, 1 November 2012

Slow Living 2012 - Month 10

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 are still eating home grown asparagus and eggs.  I think we have done our dash with silverbeet and the rest might go to the chickens as we are a bit sick of it in every second meal.

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 have made some strawberry jam and mustard pickles to put away in our stock pile and I will be making .
more bread and butter pickles soon too as we have run out and we really enjoy them with cheese and crackers and on sandwiches too.

Reduce - Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
The cleaning out of our wardrobes continues and we have sent more 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 have not been making much this month but still have plenty left from last month.

Grow plant/harvest. What's growing this month? What's being eaten from the garden?
It has all been about planting out the seeds that I propagated last month and the month before.  They are now ready to go into the ground.  We have also established some new flower gardens and I have been propagating flowering plants.

Create - To fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
I have been getting a start on making Christmas cards.  I am still practising my knitting and am knitting a few more dishcloths.

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

Enhance Community
I was the event director for a classic car show which went really well and you can check out the photos here.  The anti sand mining group for my local area that I am involved in appears to have had a major win but I will have to wait a bit longer before I can confirm anything.

Enjoy - Life! Embrace moments with friends and family. Marking the seasons, celebrations and new arrivals are all cause for enjoyment.
October was a busy month and not overly social.  Just a few quick catch ups with friends and family.

What have you been up to?


  1. You just reminded me that I need to make sure I have cucumbers for pickling on my planting list for next spring.

    Your iris bloom is gorgeous!

  2. The granola bars look delicious...recipe please !?! :)

  3. Oh I missed this once again.... it is a nice way to access the month. You seem to be right on track....

  4. Just a suggestion for the excess leafy greens - I have been blending mine with a dribble of water and then freezing in ice cubes to toss into green smoothies. They are yummy with some fresh kiwifruit, frozen or fresh banana and more water (or juice if that is more your thing). I find it a nice extra dose of greens, especially for days when I don't feel like having greens in our dinner, or when I know we will be eating at someone else's place.

    My 11 month old babe loves her green smoothies :-)

    Good on you for propagating more flowering plants too...must do some of that myself.

  5. Great idea to get onto the Christmas cards now.. thanks for the nudge. Fingers crossed for good news from the anti sand mining group. :)

  6. I have to go and look up silverbeet - I keep seeing it on other's blogs, but I've never heard of it here. Maybe it's something that we call by another name? The bake up top looks yummy.

  7. I love your posts in this have been a busy lady...thanks ofr sharing a snippet of your life with us...and you have reminded me that i haven't done enough feeding of my mind this month!

  8. oh - thats right Christmas is just around the corner. You are on the ball with the card making! Im impressed! Doesnt it feel good to have a wardrobe clean out? Although i find that when I drop off a bagful at the ope shop, I often come home with an item or two! - Kara xx


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