The Little Things
It’s funny how, when you are living in a big city, dreaming of a ‘treechange’ you have a certain view of how life would be living on an acreage and running a property. Of course the reality is always different, but then again reality is what we make it. It seems I got distracted somewhere along the way and the weed control, mowing and day to day mayhem of three young children meant that part of our dream fell by the wayside. Since gaining some perspective I have been trying hard to get back on track. Get back to the dream. So, we have been making sure we are enjoying the surrounds. There have been more afternoons at the creek as well as enjoying whatever our community has to offer. This saturday we were treated to a movie under the stars at Quinn’s preschool which was such a great night.
I found a local mumma who is now supplying me with fresh milk
Unfortunately the first batch was a bust 😦 But hey! Live and learn – next time I’m not drying it, it’s going in brine immediately, especially if it’s as windy as this week!
We also made some yummy butter, smoothies and wild raspberry ice cream….
Then there are things like this which make my heart sing!
Everything on that plate, apart from the mushrooms (I have issues with mushroom kits, or maybe they have an issue with me) is either homegrown or home made.
We have not bought bread in over two weeks as I have been making it and the kids (for the most part) have been eating it.
This week I also took a step to reducing our waste and eating better when I finally organised myself to take my own containers and buy the majority of our food at the bulk whole foods store. It means an extra 20mins travel time on our shopping day, but I have been wanting to reduce our waste (I really don’t enjoy going to the dump) and it saves us in spur of the moment purchases on top of regular packaged food price anyhow.
Another little thing that I am feeling really proud of, is the way my garden is coping in the heat at the moment. We really don’t have any water to spare, so the garden gets the leftovers at the moment (bath, kitchen and washing water) and that’s it. Still, the garden is flourishing.
Yes, that is a fly swat in the tomatoes picture, we use it to attack the brassica moths and yes there is a big, fat green caterpillar in the cauliflower picture, we go up every afternoon and pick as many as possible off the plants. Really though, we are doing ok. The kids gardens are even doing well enough to harvest a little from them.
Can’t you feel how proud he is to have grown them himself?
I’m not planting much at the moment as it is just too hot and dry. However, hopefully the rains will come and then we can plant anew. I may be busy by next weekend though, doing a rain dance, if it doesn’t happen soon!
So, I fully recommend you take the time to look around you, remember what you dreams were and take stock of the little things that are making them happen.