Friday, 1 March 2013

Slow Living February 2013

Linking up with Christine again this month.  I am really glad that she is hosting this again this year it is great to hear what everyone is up to.

Nourish -Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead.
There has been so much baking this month as I the stockpile challenge meant we were not doing any shopping. As usual all of our meals are being cooked from scratch as well.
Banana & Berry Bread
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.
Even though we have been working through our stockpile there has still been some adding to it.  Lots of tomatoes and some home made Baked beans too.

Reduce - Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
We have been using some recycled materials to make farming equipment. Hubby also finished the wood shed which he made entirely out of recycled materials.  I think he did a great job.
The finished wood shed
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.
Well the use of home made cleaners continues, it's a pity that the cleaning part has to happen too.
Lista Gandia eggplant and golden midget watermelon
Grow plant/harvest. What's growing this month? What's being eaten from the garden?
I thought he tomatoes didn't make it through the floods but I might have been wrong as they seem to be making a comeback.  The peppers, eggplants and melons are still going strong.
I also have a crop of rosellas coming along nicely.
Create - To fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
I am still practising my knitting and have been doing scrap booking..

Discover Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests.
I am still reading lots of books.  I  have read "Folks this ain't normal" by Joel Salatin and am currently reading  "The casual vacancy" by JK Rowling.

Enhance Community
Planning for this years Classic Car Show is well under way again and will be keeping me busy for many months to come.  This will be our third year and hopefully even more successful that the last two.

Enjoy - Life! Embrace moments with friends and family. Marking the seasons, celebrations and new arrivals are all cause for enjoyment.
February included a few birthdays and catch ups with friends which was great.

What have you been up to?


  1. I love your stock piling and your hubby has done a great job on that wood shed!

  2. Nice job on the woodshed! How was the JK Rowling book? I've been wondering about it.

    1. Hi LC I have not gotten very far on the book yet but will let you know.

  3. Wood Shed looks great. Does it need one polycarb/laser light sheet for natural light during the day. It looks a bit dark in there and spiders love wood piles (my foe). Gosh you are a busy girl.

    1. It is actually quite a wide doorway and we don't worry about spiders, it is the snakes you have to look out for.

    2. Also, when are you coming to Melb or have you been. The International Flower and Garden Exhibition starts 20th. This is amazing for all types of gardeners and worth a visit just for it.


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