Saturday, 25 February 2012

World Wide Wonderful

A weekly look at what's going on in the wonderful world wide web! Articles, tutorials, blog's and video's that have caught my eye in the past week...

  • A families journey through a year of the Anti-consumerism challenge - Feather Footprints 

Monday, 20 February 2012

Harvest time!

We've had an amateur gardening success!!
A few months ago, on a spur of the moment trip to the local plant nursery, we picked up some carrot, sweet corn and onion seedlings. We had a bare spot in the garden and thought "why not?", lets try our hand at some new veggies!

We harvested lots of fabulous onions!

Some rather interesting carrots!

Some lovely corn (which Boo insisted on 'unwrapping' immediately)

All in all it was a successful afternoon! 

My favourite part was watching the amazement in Boo's eyes as we dug up the carrots and onions. I am so pleased we are raising a child who knows that veggies come from the garden...not the supermarket. I hope that he (and his sister) will remember days like this fondly and continue growing veggies with their own children.

Friday, 17 February 2012

World Wide Wonderful

In the past year I have subscribed to a great many blogs. Each night as I feed my little one to sleep I catch up on lots of blog reading. Through out the week I am inspired, captivated and encouraged by what others around the world wide web are achieving and writing about. So I thought that at the end of each week I would share with you some of the blog posts, articles, video's and ideas that have caught my attention. So here is the first of what I hope will be a recurring spot on my Blog...

  • This article on the harassment of a wonderful home birth midwife made me see red!
  •  Ideas for creating Pet Rocks with the kids!
Enjoy your reading!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

The Thomas Obsession...

My son loves Thomas the Tank Engine. I would even go as far as saying he is obsessed with it. He was given part of a train track for Christmas 2 years ago and hasn't been interested in anything else since. With another Christmas, 2 birthdays, visits from grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends he has managed to collect 5 more parts for the track and around 35 trains!!! He has DVD's of Thomas, story books, colouring books, clothes, backpacks, the list is endless! He will spend literally HOURS each day playing with his trains.
Getting his trains ready for a 'bath' in a tub of water

At one stage, I'll admit, I was rather worried about this obsession. Perhaps I feared it would never end, or that he wasn't learning enough or engaging in a variety of things. Then I took a step back. I watched him play. He wasn't just racing trains around the track all day. He was telling detailed stories. He was having conversations between engines. He was singing songs he had made up about them. He was learning to share with his sister. He was counting engines, boilers and wheels. He was naming colours. He was learning new words. He was using them as a conversation starter with people we met in the community. He was exercising his boundless imagination. And most importantly, when he's with his trains, he is joyful and engaged. 

Perhaps I'll learn to live with them for a little while longer...

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

A visit from Nanny!

Nanny (my mum) came to visit at the end of January! The kids are always super excited to get a visit from Nanny and this time was no different. There were stories to be read, playdough to be made, sand to be dug, walls to paint (with water of course!) and faerie gardens to plant!

Nah Nah! I've got your paint brushes Nanny!!

Painting Nanny!!

Boo being a dag!

Planting in our Faerie Garden!

So much fun. So much love. So much support (as usual) from my wonderful mother xo

Monday, 6 February 2012

Slow Living Diary (Jan 2012)

I've been following the fabulous blog "Slow Living Essentials" for a while now, and this year Christine is inviting everyone to join in her 'Slow Living Diary'. A once a month look at what's going on in your slow living life. It sounds like a great way to share and reflect so I'm joining in!

NOURISH: After going away on holidays it has been wonderful to get back and start up our organic fruit and vegetable delivery. We've also been trying out some fabulous sourdough bread with hopes of baking our own bread everyday. I have been looking into the nutritional value of fermenting foods and hope to start with some simple sauerkraut. New snack foods are also on the 'to do' list. These nut-free bliss balls sound delish!

PREPARE: Stockpilling and preserving is fairly foreign around here, but that is something we are hoping to change. I've been on the look out for Jars and such in the local op-shops, but if that doesn't pan out that we might be ordering some mason jars online! There are also plans to freeze the excess amounts of spinach for use over winter. Must look into that.

REDUCE: We have started up a craft box which is slowly filling with lots of toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes, milk bottle lids etc for us to re-use and re-purpose on a rainy day!
We are also trying to reduce the amount of car trips we take and making sure that when we do go out in the car, we do numerous errands at once to save going out again.

GREEN: Examining our water usage has been our green thing this month. Shorter showers and more efficient use of water in the veggie garden have been our main goals. 

GROW: We have an enormous amount of spinach and have also harvested our first crop of sweet corn, onions and some very interesting shaped carrots! A pruning of our rosemary bush saw us with lots of bunches to share with friends!

CREATE: Lots of creating being done for PattiCake Lane with new products to be released soon. Also managed to get my hands on some luscious magenta corduroy to make some thing for Mouse for winter.  

DISCOVER:Watched this fabulous documentary on Planned Obsolescence. Mind blowing stuff.

ENJOY: Watching my two beautiful children play together in the sandpit. Lots of giggling while covering their toes with sand.

How was your January?