Friday, August 19, 2016

last throes of winter

 I stacked all three square metres of this firewood by myself. It took me three days in between work and the rest of life. A few months on and we've almost gone through the whole lot. We live in a valley and lose the sun at about 3pm in the middle of winter. As we're homeschooling and I work from home most of the time, I made a conscious decision to be warm. Not to stint on having the fire on. Being comfortable at home is important to me. Not to say that we're at home all day every day...we're both busy juggling work, drum lessons, karate, swimming, basketball, homeschool group and classes and social stuff. It's a busy life. 'Find more firewood' is back on the list of things to do but Spring is on it's way. We've had a few sunny days to break up the months of wintry rain and high winds and the garden is busy throwing up spring flowers and blossoms. Such a feast for the eyes.

Friday, August 12, 2016

winter fruit

Within a few metres of my front door I can pick a fresh orange and sit in the sun on the bridge and watch the massive eel in the stream.  I really love it here.
I am super busy with work. I'm a newly single mama. I made that transition with $200 in the bank and a huge leap of faith. I was looking for additional permanent part time work and what came was a fantastic contract opportunity. But the contract ends at Christmastime. Which is a hard time to be worried about money. Plus all things on the job front go quiet until towards the end of February. That's a long time for a single mama to pay rent with limited income coming in. So, I am taking any work I can at the moment. I can't remember the last time I sat down and just relaxed. Hence the quiet here on GrowMama too. I am run down and trying to get rest. Ironic really. Time to heal and reflect is important. Moments eating a delicious orange watching the eel are precious.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Chickweed pesto - Free greens!

I try and eat wild greens every day. Chickweed is one of my favourites. My garden is running wild with it at the moment. It contains potassium, calcium, iron and zinc and because it's picked and eaten fresh, you benefit from the vitality of the plant too. Plus it's delicious. And FREE! I eat it on it's own, throw it in salads, sprinkled on beans or add it to juices and smoothies. And last weekend I remembered I could make a pesto from it. I put a bowl full in the blender with a handful of soaked almonds, olive oil, garlic and a pinch of himalayan salt. I liked it so much I hauled out my friend Nicki MacKinnon's recipe for her wild weed pesto and made it her way too. So good! I had forgotten. Funny how I go through cycles of making certain foods. Every now and then I like to go through my recipe folder. I am reminded of all the good things. There are many recipes from different periods of my life, recipes that come from my old neighbours in France, or the family I stayed with in Indonesia or that friends gifted me in Croatia. A wander through my recipe folder is like a trip through a photo album, but through the taste buds.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wintry goodness

 Phoenix went from sleeping in a patch of sun to tearing out the door in a split second. His enthusiasm was infectious, I found myself running after him.
Both times we've gone for a walk on the beach we got soaked. I just surrendered to it the second time. So much better that way. The dog was not so graceful, he really doesn't like heavy rain. 

Settling in for a night of writing and art in front of the fire. My trusty sidekicks are curled up nearby.                    Wintry goodness.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

tardigrades and moss

It started with an article in a magazine I picked up at the library. It was about tardigrades, micro-critters who live in lichen or moss worldwide. They are cute, at 1 mm fully grown they are visible under a microscope and virtually indestructable. 
Moss was collected from everywhere we went. There are moss gardens, microscopes and various mossy habitats in many corners of the house. We've been investigating moss in different locations and the other life it sustains and have found the coolest microlife wiggling away in water from moss patches. It's like another world. 
There's art inspired by looking at moss under the microscope on the wall and specimens in petrie dishes all over the kitchen bench. I love it. 
Science in action. 
We are yet to find a tardigrade, but we're enjoying the journey.