Linking up with Linda who is now our gracious host having taken over from Christine in hosting the Slow Living Nine. I love joining in each month and reflecting on what I have achieved, it is also great to hear what everyone is up to and share in their achievements.
Nourish -Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead.
When I look back at the month I noticed that there are a lot of food posts so it is easy to fell confident in the category.
|Home made refried beans|
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.With our two freezers full of beef there is not really any room to add to the stockpile anything but I still seem to find room for a few things. This month I have added a whole lot of mango cheeks and now I have to come up with ways to use them. I have also added a few frozen meals from when I have made extras and this will help us have easy meals on hand for when we are selling and do not want to create extra work for ourselves.
Reduce - Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
We have continued to send things off to the op shop for someone else to enjoy. I have also done some repairs to items from our linen cupboard that have been waiting to be mended for ages. There was a flannelette sheet that had gotten threadbare and a hole had formed. A bit of iron on mender (my go to fix for items that need a quick basic fix) and we will get a few more uses out of it. The whole thing is getting threadbare so we will probably only get this winter out of it but that is ok.
And then there was a cotton blanket that was fraying as the binding had split.
I just used some cotton that I had to make up a binding, it does the job and will mean we get a few more years out of the blanket.
I also made some chicken saddles out of an old pair of jeans.
This month I used some of our beef fat to make soap. I have just started using the first block and it seems really good. It still needs to dry out a bit more which has been difficult with all the wet humid weather we have been having.
Grow - plant/harvest. What's growing this month? What's being eaten from the garden?
The garden is producing lots of herbs, the latest round of cucumbers are coming on, there are spring onions, capsicum, eggplant beans and I have just started planting out for the cooler weather. I have got some peas in as well as lettuce and silverbeet.
Create - To fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
I created some art for our walls this month.
Discover - Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests.
Last month I read The Name Of The Wind by Partick Rothfus which was lent to me by a friend and it is a beautifully written book. This month I have been reading the sequel.
Enhance - Community
Nothing happening on this front.
Enjoy - Life! Embrace moments with friends and family. Marking the seasons, celebrations and new arrivals are all cause for enjoyment.
I managed to catch up with an old work colleague for dinner and we had a really great time and have vowed to make more time to do it again soon.
What have you been up to?