Brrrr, it's a cold and windy day here today. 🥶 We're having another craft bee. It starts today and I hope you'll join in wherever you are in the world. The details are on my blog.
There's always something to bake - walnut and banana bread and a milk loaf. I'm offering to new online workshops, starting late June - one for blogging and one for writing. Full details are on my blog. Detals in my bio.
This is our ensuite bathroom. See that pink soap dispenser there? It's gone. So have all the soap dispensers in our house. We're slowly getting rid of plastics and soap dispensers have been crossed off my shopping list - forever. Now every sink has a soap dish with either my homemade soap or goat's milk soap from Aldi. Making a blanket statement in my head about getting rid of all plastics was a bit overwhelming for me. So I'm concentrating on one thing at a time and making sure I do it right, with a solution for what we do to replace the plastic I've just banished. So far it's working although there is a long way to go yet. Are you cutting back on plastics too? What have you done so far?
No one will hand you a simple life on a silver platter. Most people fall into today’s normal life of spending, debt and never-ending work to pay for what you buy. Alternatively, a simpler life requires that you work to build the life you want away from the mainstream of materialism, convenience, waste and buying for show and fashion rather than function and comfort. ~ When I started my changes I wanted to be independent, to move away from the one-size-fits all kind of life modern living had become and to provide as much as I could from my own home. So I undertook a period of solo reskilling, usually with my friends telling me I'd lost my marbles. They didn't understand the need for home baked bread when there was plenty of bread available at the supermarket. They didn't understand making soap or jam or cordials or growing food and preserving it. They only started to understand when they were invited around and were delighted by the taste and freshness of what I served them and when they could see I was happy and satisfied. ~ When I stopped using cleaning products and started using vinegar, bicarb and washing soda, they really thought I'd lost it. I didn't care. I knew what we were doing was good for us and we were saving money. I also started to see the progress we'd made and that I didn't have to run to the shop for everything. As the months progressed into years, I could quite easily produce most of what we needed here in my home. It felt good and it inspired me to keep going. ~ Inspiration is a wonderful thing. You get it from your successes and by seeing other people work towards their own goals. There will always be naysayers around and people who don't want you to change or succeed. Never listen to them, keep doing what you’re doing and stay on track. Don’t expect to be the same as your friends. Your changes will evolve over the years and that progression will continue as you learn and grow. Don’t be afraid of sharing your successes and, if you can, help others change their lives too. We’re all in this together and the more people who alter their thinking and change how they live, the better off we’ll all be. #simplelife #simplify #changes
I made chilli jam yesterday and have just written a blog post about it. Link in my bio. It's super delicious and HOT! 🌶🌶🌶 . . #chilli #chillijam #hot
I stripped one of the chilli bushes yesterday and after giving away kilos of chillies, now everyone is at saturation point. This is the last of them, plus one for the seeds to regrow it later in the year. Today I'm making chilli jam, my favourite condiment. Meanwhile, a bit north of here over at the Noosa Reef Hotel, my son Shane is smiling happily at the camera again. @noosareefhotel
This is the fantastic new chicken ramen bowl my son Kerry is serving over winter. He’s on the beach at Mooloolaba near the surf club. If you’re on the Sunshine Coast, it’s THE place to go for lunch. Uber rates his shop, BHappySushi, number 1 for sushi on the coast. Check out Kerry's shop: @behappysushi
If anyone is interested, there's an invitation to morning tea on my blog. The link is in my bio.
Our comfrey leaves are big and tall after the frequent showers we've had over the past six weeks. They're just in time to be chopped up and dug in with our Ruby Lou potatoes. I hope to have enough to mulch the tomatoes too, as well as make up a batch of stinking comfrey liquid, surely the best backyard fertiliser.