I have logged on to wordpress today to discover that my last blog post was the 5th December. I guess with all the craziness in the lead up to Christmas, blogging was on the bottom of my to do list. Christmas is typically a very busy time for us, particularly as some of my extended family go extremely over the top with celebrations.
This Christmas for me was a little different. My environmentally friendly lifestyle change is only a recent thing that has transpired over about the last six months. As I sat and watched the kids open far to many Christmas presents revealing toys that they probably didn’t really need, I pondered over what the less fortunate were doing, and how many kids were missing out on toys this Christmas. As we sat down to a breakfast and Christmas lunch, I gave a quick thought to where our food had come from, I was feeling a little guilty about the fact that I was about to indulge in food that had not been farmed in the nicest of ways. My contribution to Christmas lunch was bio-dynamically grown pork and a salad, which unfortunately was shop bought. I fully intend to be growing more of my own food by next Christmas and hopefully I will be able to supply a fresh salad straight from my garden.
Although the gift giving was way over the top, some of my family members have obviously realised how important my hippiness is and went to the trouble of buying gifts in line with my new beliefs. My wonderful sister-in-law gave me a dwarf lemon tree, my darling mother gave me some terracotta herb labels and Miss Three was lucky enough to receive some gardening gloves, watering cans and gardening tools.
Now that Christmas is over, my thoughts and plans turn to the new year and what it might bring. The second half of 2012 dealt some of my family members some tough blows so I am looking forward to 2013 being a better year for all of us. 2013 will also bring extensions to my gardens and preparing them for planting out when the whether cools towards the end of March. Yes, we do have to wait that long for the whether to cool down. The last few days have seen 30 degrees at 7am with 90+ humidity and while my chillis and strawberries have been suffering , my sweet potatos are loving the heat and high humidity.
I’ve also had some coconuts fall from my coconut trees so keep your eyes pealed for my next blog post on my attempts to make coconut milk from fresh coconuts.