I have had an incredibly busy April that involved being sick, buying a a house, going away, doing an exam and getting a dog which all took up so much time that blogging went by the wayside - but here I am back again! This is my April/May 2013 reflection on Slowing Down - the Slow Living Essentials way!
Its interesting to eat by the seasons and to plan meals after the box arrives. I'm sure we are eating more veges as I hate to waste any of it. I'm never 100% sure what I'm going to get and this weeks custard apples were a lovely surprise! Great fun to show to overseas students as they are not the prettiest of fruit to look at and don't taste like apple or custard!
I have also managed to fit in a bit of baking here and there. Im not a huge baker but Im getting better with the same old recipies over and over - this weeks offering was cheese and silverbeet muffins that seemed to go down all right!
Just harvested some Rosella's! Yummm - gonna make a couple of jars of jam from them! (there's not that many of them really... :( ) We are stockpiling Passion Fruit from a rouge vine that sprang up unexpectedly out of a mock orange hedge, just because we cant eat as many passion fruits as the vine is producing!
We swapped rooms this month with our students as they have more use for a big room than we do and as a result, I had a big linen sort out and took a ton of stuff off to the second hand shop. So I have reduced my linen cupboard down to what I actually need and use, which is some sort of first. I tend to shop for this sort of thing at the opshop and when you can get a sheet set and doona cover for around the $12 mark - I started ... collecting it. I also marked the uncovered doonas so I can see what they are without having to open them out.
Have decided that Monday is my no car/drive day. I usually need to catch up on a million things as I work in the weekends and am mostly home anyway. Lately I have biked to the shops or to the park for morning tea with a friend instead of just jumping in the car. I used to do this a but but the rains and flooding put a stop to it and then suddenly using the car for EVERYTHING is a habit that you don't question again...
GROW: plant/harvest. What's growing this month?
Umm - Rosella's and Passionfruit! About 4 dozen rosella's and a hundred million Passionfruits!
My neighbour is back from her trip to England and so our Monday afternoon coffee and craft is back on with lots of the neighbours popping in for a chat and coffee even if they didn't craft this week! I'm making a rag rug to go on the floor by my bed as my wee tootsies get a bit chilly as the mornings get colder here in the tropics. Sometimes it gets right down to 12 degrees at night!!!
I got some Australian Animals stickers and made some tags out of takeaway container lids so that I can label all my students things in the shower, kitchen and bathroom. They were thrilled and love the stickers!
Just finished a uni exam on People and Globalisation: Don't want to see another academic text - ever again.... Only three more units (and about $5,000) to go...
I just discovered that Micheal Pollan has a new book out called "Cooked: A natural history of transformation" and went to ask the library to order it and discovered that they had just bought it! So I'm first in the queue to read it as soon as they cover it!
Off to volunteer at the Winter Life Line Book Fest this long weekend. I'm on the pricing and registers and will cry every time I see a book I'd love to have going out the door for a $1. Its always a fun thing to do - If you live in Brissy - come and say hi!
This month I want to make Monday my car free day. I used to bike around a lot a while ago and then the floods put a stop to it and I never went back to it.
I find these bitsy blog challenges to be really motivating. Cause I know I have to report back here, I tend to stay honest and it stays in my consciousness - or is it because I write it down... Either way its a good way to make some changes for me!