Phew, what a busy month March turned out to be! It's great to look back and see just where our energy was spent during the month..
We've been enjoying apple pie with the last of our 2011 Fowlers' apples, cinnamon scrolls made by the 10yo..delish but went too fast, hot cross buns, homegrown raspberries in bread and butter pudding, snacks for spinning group..
...oh my - I think we need to lay off the desserts!! Or at least start exercising more ;)
Bread and butter pickles were made using excess garden produce (hooray - we finally had enough cucumbers to pickle!). I hung up an enormous bunch of lemon verbena in our kitchen to dry - it was a gift from a dear friend and is divine when made into a tea.
Homemade rosewater using petals from the garden. I also opted to purchase a pre-loved spinning wheel over buying one new.
I'm continuing to bake double batches of cakes/muffins to store in the freezer. I've also been utilising heat from the oven while it's on to bake a dessert or extra something for the freezer, eliminating the need to turn the oven on during the day. I also made my first batch of homemade dishwasher powder which I'm pretty happy with so far..as long as the dishes are rinsed first!
I've been thinking about winter crops and have managed to put in cavalo nero and broccoli. I still need to address the lettuce, snow pea and carrot situation though!
Harvesting: basil, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, cucumbers, squash and zucchini, nugget pumpkins and silverbeet.
|Perennial leeks are popping up everywhere - after I thought they didn't survive the summer!|
I have given the blog a slight revamping, made several dishcloths (which I'm loving using!), finished a lace knitted scarf (details soon), and immersed myself in fibre dyeing with food dyes.
I sent a gift to a blog friend who is in the most wonderful stage right now. I also helped out at my daughters' junior landcare session at school, looked after our neighbour's chooks while they were away and set up a car pool with another mum to cut down on after school activity shuttling. World's greatest shave fundraising took place with the 12yo holding a bake stand at a local fair and we also had a wonderful time at an Indian festival despite miserable weather. Last night saw us taking part in Earth Hour.
This month I've been finding so many new and interesting blogs (especially as a result of this monthly update - thankyoU!), reading Rhonda's book, researching cameras (and taking the plunge and buying one), studying dishcloth patterns, Elizabeth Zimmermann and the dyeing world!
The middle one's art exhibition from her weekly art class, my new/old spinning wheel, henna, receiving more than one egg a day(!), origami creations scattered everywhere by the 10yo and netball season re-commencing for the tweens..which is always nice when the weather is fine.
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Slow Living- Month 3 blog post below anytime during this month!
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Looking forward to seeing what YOU have been up to this month!