Here's what I did...
NOURISH: Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead.
|Pumpkin and feta quiches in the making!|
Stocked up on a few bathroom items this month that were on special - toothpaste and deodorant - and managed to eat another jar of 2008 strawberry jam on a couple of batches of piklets this month! And thats all I can think of!
REDUCE: Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing.
I have been (subtly) trying to reduce the amount of waste at my various jobs. What I can't reuse, save or recycle I have been trying to squash and make smaller when it does go into the bins. People reactions run to both extremes; the "Wow, someone else thinks the way I do" right through to "who cares?" Food scraps are easy to bring home if you bring your own lidded bucket for the chook, worms and/or compost and I find most work places are cool with it. They also don't mind if you want to be the one to break up boxes and make them flat so that you can get more cardboard into the recycle bins but people get quite stroppy if you mention changing their polystyrene boxes to cardboard or mending teatowels even recycling glass bottles....? But I'm working on them!
GREEN: up our lives. Start (or continue!) using homemade products.
Had a look at a book about the thousands of uses for bi-carb this month and found it to be very interesting. I have pretty much got the cleaning stuff down to bi-carb, vinegar, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, a citrus vinegar mixture, my cheapskates miracle cleaner and elbow grease these days. I think there are a few remmants of commercial stuff still hiding away in the back of the kitchen cupboard but once they are used up, they won't be replaced. I have discovered that if I use the 'commercial' bottles and refill them with my replacement conncoctions, the family just picks them up and uses them as if they were the more familier commercial ones. And since they act the same way - everyone is happy!
GROW: plant/harvest. What's growing this month?
I managed a handful of beans twice this month!!!!! It would seem the possums don't like beans, which works for me! Yay!! I have some seedlings in a very immature stage still stuggling along under wire and away from the possums trying not to drown in the wettest June in Brisbane since 1991 (Remember - its doesn't rain in the winter in Brissy, normally!) The possums are getting the pawpaws and the passionfruit too - both before they mature properly... I have had a serious look at why we have so much possum destruction and have decided that there are two factors driving the crop loss/damage. The first being that several neighbours feed and have quite a few (maybe 8) houses for them so we have many females with last years baby and this years baby being adequately housed and fed. So why dont these neighbours suffer the destruction that we do...? That brings me to the second factor: They have dogs. Ours died a year ago at the age of sixteen and a half but his presence (smell really) obviously was enough to keep them at bay at the time. So, the neighbours get the pleasure of feeding and interacting with the possums and we get them in the house (I kid you not) eating the fruit off the bench and eating all my crops because they are not afraid to come down onto the ground as the cat is not a threat (and is inside at night)... So not a lot of crop harvest happening for us at the moment.
CREATE: to fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others.
Still organising and making things for a friends 50th birthday party in Canberra - It's a Christmas in July theme for dinner with a lunch at a winery thrown in for good measure. I'm having lots of fun filling the Christmas crackers and making some table decorations at the moment! I also made a wheat bag out of barley for my aches and pains that works very well indded!
My crafting day with the neighbour has gone a bit by the wayside this month due to too much work, but I finally been able to rearrange my timetable, cut one job out entirley and all going to plan will start meeting with her again next week for our craft and chat mornings that we both love!
|Yes - you can make a 'wheat bag' out of Barley!!!|
|A quick rest between customers at the Bookfest!|
Lots of birthdays this month! Two Aunties, three friends and our resident teenager. A bit of last minute gift wrapping (and sorting of the wrapping box) a bit of cheap but effective cake making and lots of sitting around and talking with friends! Had a lovely afternoon tea with a friend in the backyard (on the one afternoon this month it hasnt rained) and even caught up with the neigbours new baby (Welcome to the world Stella!) one afternoon over the fence!
|Afternoon tea in the back garden! A wonderful way to spend a few hours!|
Thanks for the opportunity to share again Christine!!! Have a great month everyone! - Kara xx