Yep, it's that time of year again and for all the loveliness that is Winter, the cosy jackets, warm fires, clear crisp weather that's just terrific for gardening (no sweating, no sunburn, no mozzies, no flies and no snakes hallelujah!) unfortunately it also brings those beastly bugs that cause sniffles and sneezes and snotty noses. Last year was our first with a kid at school and he managed to bring home a ridiculous number of colds... no joke, every.single.one. Now we're not generally a sickly bunch but one by one, over and over and again, we all went down. I vowed that this year would be different, this year I'm was going in armed to the teeth with some homemade echinacea tincture and Nannas Old Cold Remedy.
Anyone who grows their own vegetables inevitably reaches tipping point of too many vege, especially when they hang out with generous like minded souls. I call it 'too many any vege syndrome' and over the years I've picked up a trick or two to deal with this seasonal glut.
Today I'm feeling blessed. As I write this it is New Years Day 2015. Last night, I was pyjamma'ed and drinking tea by nine and asleep by 10pm. I know, I know - 'YAWN' you may say but I woke up feeling pretty freakin' fabulous...so there! Read more...
Striving to be plastic free is fine on a good day when I'm super organised, the weather's good and I've had a reasonable amount of sleep but life doesn't always work that way once small fry come on the scene. You know the day....the one where I would have whipped up some healthy homebaked snacks for our trip to town but we had to spend half an hour finding the other shoe (only to discover that the dogs found it first and so we had to pick out another pair but those shoes don't fit anymore…). Or those days when the spare hand I had to bake and pack snacks was occupied carrying the stainless steel water bottles, extra clothes, packages to post plus the newly built airplane made from cardboard scraps that absolutely has to come. It takes time and effort to be plastic free perfect.
Being botanically curious, each season we seem to wind up with a few vegetables that we've nurtured, grown and harvested and then had no idea what to do with. You know the ones... khol rabi, mizuna, gourds, new guinea beans to name a few. Some of these end up becoming staples in the patch once you get the hang of how to cook them (hello khol rabi). Others end up oddities, worthy of little more than talking points for visitors to the patch (looking at YOU new guinea beans).