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.
My new dwarf lemon tree
Terracotta herb labels
Miss 3’s new 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.
Sweet potato garden
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.
Today is one of those days in North Queensland where you get out the shower, dry yourself and your still wet. You walk from the car to your front door and your dripping with sweat. You don’t even think about drinking coffee because it’s just too hot. In fact, you think twice about even going outside. At 8am this morning it was already 30 degrees. The overnight temperature didn’t drop below 27 degrees. Right now outside it’s 32 degrees but it feels a lot hotter than that. When I checked on the internet, it said the current temperature was 32 degrees but the apparent temperature (or feels like temperature) is 34 degrees.
These hot temperatures make it difficult to get out into the garden because it’s just too hot. On the upside though, the heat and humidity has been great for my sweat potatoes who have only been in the ground for four weeks but are growing beautifully.
Day one – 1st November
Sweet potatoes 4 weeks after planting
The first of December, I think, would have to be my most favourite day of December. I think I like it even more than Christmas day itself. Mainly due to the fact that certain members of my extended family go way over the top with presents and food. It has always annoyed me as I’ve always seen it as a waste, but even more so since I started my hippy journey.
My husband has a rule that NO Christmas decorations can be put up until 1st December under any circumstances. So given that he worked all day today (5.30am until 4pm), Miss 3 and I had to wait all day before we could start the decorating. On the up side, I was able to use it as a bribe for good behaviour all day. It worked a treat. Infact, she kept saying to me all day “I’m being a good girl aren’t I mummy?”
Needless to say, once Daddy got home, we spent the next hour or so listening to Christmas Carols and decorating the lounge room.
I don’t know what it’s like in your part of the country but up here decorating the outside of the house with Christmas lights is the done thing. Of course that poses a problem for me this year, what with my new found hippiness. I was VERY excited the other day to find solar powered Christmas lights. I also managed to pick up some more this morning. Now, not all of the lights on my house are solar powered, but given that we have solar electricity, I’m pretty sure that counteracts the fact that my lights are not solar. I must apologise for the fuzziness of this photo but for some reason it was the best I could get and I really wanted to share my lights with you.
Our Christmas lights