Slow Living – February

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This is my second month of joining in the monthly round-up at Slow Living Essentials and already I seem to be struggling with what to write.  A couple of things seems to have conspired against me – it is a short month – is it really the end of the month already? and the weather!  Since the dry spell broke on the Australia Day weekend (26th January) it has rained almost constantly which limits our activities somewhat

Here are the Slow Living categories:

{Nourish}  With the onset of some cooler weather with the rain it was an ideal time to pull out the slow cooker.

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I made a batch of pumpkin soup and and beef casserole.

Dinner

{Prepare}  We had an excellent crop of figs.

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As well as eating lots of them fresh from the tree, I was able to dry some.  This was very successful so I am hoping to have enough to do again next year.

 

{Reduce}  This is always a hard one as we do this each and every day.  I turned a singlet of mine that was too short into one for Miss O.

2013-03-03 05{Green}  The weather has brought out the mould but I am keeping things clean and smelling fresh with the use of clove oil.  You can read a previous post here.

Clove oil

{Grow}  The warm, dry beginning to the summer meant that we had about 8 mangoes on our small tree.  We planted it about 4 years ago and this is the first time it has fruited.  I suspect that it is generally too cool for them here but this year’s crop has made it worthwhile.  They are some of the best mangoes I have tasted and the flesh is as smooth as anything with no sign of stringiness.

Last weekend we had a rare fine day so we bought and planted some vegetable seedlings.  They have more than doubled in size in a week.

2013-03-03 07{Create}  Since my sewing machine has returned from being serviced I have got quite a bit of sewing done.  I am working through my stash of fabric as well as some pieces I have been given.  Here are some of the results.

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Winter and summer pyjama bottoms.

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A new lining in my skirt.

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{Discover}  I don’t think I have read anything this month but in a different vein I did discover some fabric to be used when I was sorting out my stash.

{Enhance}  We gave away the used fencing wire via Freecycle.  I also shared some of the many self-sown cucumber seedlings with neighbours, work colleagues, blogging friends and also on Freecycle.

It is a shame that I did not take some photos of them.  Not so much for the seedlings but the innovative packaging.  I used some excess egg cartons that I had been given and each seedling and its soil was packed in a space in the carton.

2013-03-03 11An internet friend sent me some fabric and I used some of it to make a dress suitable for an 18 month old.  I will send it to her for her granddaughter who was born last week.

{Enjoy}  We travelled to Melbourne and spent a weekend with our daughter who moved there recently.  We saw her new home, sampled food at some local establishments and shopped.

2013-03-03 12I bought this dress to wear to a wedding in a few weeks.  I just need to finalise accessories.

The slow living this month has been heavily weighted towards sewing and I guess that is not entirely unexpected with being stuck indoors due to the weather.

Now I am off to check out some of the slow living blogs.

Til next month………..

4 thoughts on “Slow Living – February

  1. I didn’t know about clove oil and its mould fighting abilities – that might come in useful during the summer months. Right now we are at opposites though – we are currently running a humidifier to put some moisture back into the air.

    Pretty dress! Enjoy the wedding.

  2. And hasn’t it rained!!! My poor veggies that I had covered with shadecloth due to the heat then needed the shadecloth to protect them from the heavy rain!!! My home is also smelling just like cloves…

    Ken and I are braving the rain today to go and clean out the chook pen. Poor things are wandering around in water, although they’re also finding that fun because of all the yummy worms out there… Nothing so sad looking as a wet chook…

  3. Fairy, I hope your rain lets up some so you can enjoy some outdoor time too. It gets old quickly to be stuck indoors. I too have switched gears and have been working quite a bit on cross stitch. the energy I tried to sustain through the winter months has waned and I want to curl up and stay warm as winter drags on. While eating one of your mangoes, think of me. 🙂 It is way too cold to attempt to grow one here which means the only ones I get to taste are frozen or shipped in from afar.

    I love the little yellow dress, what a nice thing to do for your friend.

  4. Our slow cooker my favourite kitchen appliance♥ Gorgeous dress, I really love the colour and lace material. Fingers crossed for some dry weather.

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