Well its a long time since I was here for lots of reasons – none of them very good, so I wont bore you with the details.
We are in the process of moving back into our old house so with the move has come some kind of resurgence in my desire to post about whats going on at home and maybe in my head a bit too.
Those who know me well will know that I have always been a bit of a ‘greenie’ though not in a chain myself to a tree kind of way. Recently my other half and I have been discussing the idea of moving somewhere that has a more amenable climate for being a little more self-sufficient. And while in theory I love the idea, the ever changing climate has me wondering if we wouldnt be better off staying put. At the moment our current climate is a little too cold for a long season growing but even just over the last couple of years we have discovered that has changed somewhat. Surprisingly we are now able to grow a bumper tomato crop and even eggplant which we really shouldnt be able to.
Many years ago when I was studying I did an Intro to Permaculture course which I found fascinating. As time goes on I find myself more and more drawn to the principles behind it and looking at ways to incorporate it into our 2 acre block. I realise how much of a luxury two acres must sound ( the truth is we own the property next door as well so you can add another acre on to that ) but as with so many others the need to service the mortgages thereby working fulltime has meant we dont fully utilise what we have available to us. I intend for this to change. Starting now.
Easy to say, maybe not so easy to do but my growing concern with the general cost of living and wanting some kind of stability for my children’s future is driving me forward.
View of the vegie garden
So my first act will be spending some time to get the existing vegie garden and orchard into shape while planning for future improvements, as time allows, but with more purpose than maybe before.
Well it seems that the winter chill is upon us – though I know it will get worse than this.I dont actually mind winter. Its time for me to indulge in my favourite foods and pasttimes. Sitting in front of a roaring fire with a lovely drop of red and indulging my love of knitting while a slowly braising casserole bubbles away in the oven.
Bought myself a new braising pot which I am going to use on the top of the fire box. Cant see the point in wasting that lovely warmth when dinner could quite easily be simmering away for a couple of hours as well as keeping the house warm and snug.
The family are all down with varying stages of dreaded colds at the moment. Hubby seems to be particularly suffering from man flu and is just moping around the place, feeling sorry for himself. Maybe a warming soup will do the trick. Found a great recipe this morning on Kitchen Vignettes which sounded perfect so might give it a go. If you’ve never visited be sure to take a look – the videos are fantastic!
The bountiful rain we have had lately has resulted in bountiful weeds. I have just spent a productive hour or so in the number 1 vegie patch with a huge pile of unwanted intruders to show for it. But you know what – thats notyhing compared to what is still in there!
I cant believe it – where did they all come from?
But in amongst all the weeds were a couple of bonuses;some long forgotten onions, half a dozen chilli plants that I thought were long gone and a few carrots that are still ok.
Thats not all that is in there of course, the kale is still doing brilliantly, there is some fennel, and some beetroot, even more carrots ( in our house you can never have enough carrots! )and even a confused asparagus spear!
While having the garden got to the point of neglect that it did is quite distressing it was nice to spend some time away from the desk and deadlines to reconnect with what is happening in the patch – get the feeling its been a while since I had visited? Yep, but have made a promise to take the time to give it some tlc a little more often from now on.
The cooler weather makes it so much more pleasant to be working in the garden so have been getting heaps done. Have laid out a couple of the new beds, repositioned the clothes line and spent plenty of time thinking about exactly what it is I am trying to achieve.
There are plenty of the winter crops sitting not so patiently in trays waiting to be priicked out or transplanted into beds so still lots to be doing.
I promise that as soon as i can there will be images too.
What can I say – I love food. I love to grow it, cook it and eat it. I dont grow all my own food but try to grow as much of my families fruits and vegies as possible. The vegetable garden is bursting with things at the moment and there is something to see and taste everyday.