Nourish: Hadn't had the chance to get to the supplier for bread flour for a few weeks....really missed my homemade bread...raisin loaf was the first thing that went into the bread maker. I was on a detox from the naturopath due to arthritis pain and inflammation... no gluten, no dairy and no sugar...I only lasted 9 days out of the 4 weeks...it was incredibly difficult and I have to admire those that can follow this regime....Will try to eliminate different foods in the New Year.
|Home made raisin loaf...it is delicious and so much nicer than the store bought variety.|
Reduce: We have the use of a wood chipper...it will be living in the garage on permanent loan...we used it to shred all of the branches we took down along the sidefence from the neighbours hedge...into the chipper and then mulched under the fruit trees...
Green: I created a very small garden pond that I hope to encourage frogs into, to create some biodiversity in the garden..water for bees and insects ...hopefully the frogs will eat any mozzie larvae...I installed a beautiful water Lillie that my dog daisy devoured and left just a few straggly leaves...hopefully it will grow back....if I don't hear any croaks soon I will buy a couple of little guys to go in there.
|Little water pond for frogs...hopefully|
Grow: The vegie garden is loving the last of the Spring weather...rain and sunshine in the same day....everything is growing really well...it grows so fast we sometimes don't get the chance to eat it before it goes to seed...need to be a bit more on the ball and use them up.
|Newly planted more corn and butternut pumpkin|
|Tomatoes are going well|
Nothing grows quite as quickly as baby chickens....it is amazing to see how much they grow overnight....from checking on the internet I think the white one is a male...they all still sleep under mum...very cute.
|These little babies grow like weeds....|
Create: My daughter had a lesson on making Candles and Melts...so we had a session and made a few goodies for Christmas...really enjoyed making the soy melts..they are very easy ... popped on some home printed labels and they are good to go....they are in plastic packing but it is reusable..just pop the melts out into a burner and the packaging is good to reuse.
|Not a very good photo but you get the general idea.|
Discover: It was a month of discovery for me....I learnt that I can't change things just because I want too....I realised how much I enjoy playing "words with friends" each morning..... all part of brain training and trying to avoid dementia !! ...I have 18 games on the go with 2 very close girlfriends...I was initially much better at it than they were having always loved scrabble, however over the past year they are not so rusty and are winning a few......better lift my game!
|"Word's with Friends" on the iPad each morning over breakfast..a great way to start the day.|
|Poor old girl ....RIP|
Enhance: I managed to get to writing group at the Community House a couple of times this month...it has been a bit hard to get there with doctor and hospital visits with my aging parents...It's great to get to the group when I can...it encourages me to continue on with writing the novel...!!Book club for the month was Careless People..a non fiction book based on Scott F Fitgerald and the writing of the Great Gatsby...have to admit it is interesting but very hard going...don't think I will finish this one. My girlfriend lent me A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar...it's really good and am enjoying this one...would recommend.
Enjoy: It's the end of Spring and I have really enjoyed this Month...Lots of catching up with family and friends ....seeing how all the kids have grown...news of my cousins engagement....I try to keep focussed on the positive to help deal with all of the difficulties we all face each day. Enjoy the run up to Christmas and remember things don't have to be perfect.