Christmas 2012: done and dusted

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

Terracotta herb labels

Miss 3's new gardening tools

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

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.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. you are welcome! i’ll be expecting lemon butter from your bounty!

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  2. Coconut palms?! How lucky! It has to be worth that humidity for such an exotic harvest 😉

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    • hmmm…that’s debatable Narf. Especially considering my harvest consisted of one whole coconut. 🙂

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      • That’s still one whole coconut more than we got on Serendipity Farm and next year it might be 5 and the year after…more :). That’s the thing with this gardening lark…it certainly teaches you to be patient ;). The more you put into your food garden, the more you get out of it and building up the soil using your own recycled compost is a fantastic start. I have found myself asking people if I can rake their leaves for them to get more ingredients for my compost. I haven’t ever had anyone say “NO!” lol ;). I guess you get hooked by all of the cycles that suck you in and get you excited about the possiblities and the prospect of you taking a part in something primal, ancient and perpetual…as they say “you have to be in it, to win it”. Not a bad ethos 🙂 I am very excited about your coconut! I have a tiny Moringa oleifera seedling that I am coaxing along. Like many of the trees that we are growing, we are never going to see them as adults and when we plant them and Steve says “Isn’t that a bit too close?” we sometimes laugh and say “not in our lifetime!”…sorry to my son who will inherit this crazy jungle but by then he can use the timbers of anything in the way to make something amazing with. There is always something you can do with what you have :). I love reading your posts and am glad that Rabid put me onto you 🙂 Have a fantastic New Year and here’s hoping it isn’t too hot for you and your family and that your coconut has been duely celebrated in style 🙂 Chop the top off, fill it with white rum and stick a straw in the top! “Happy New Years!” 😉

  3. In the pacific islands they sell the most useful coconut grater – a serrated circle and this is placed between your legs, all you have to do is rub the inside of the coconut over it and the perfctly grated coconut falls in the wiaitng bowl, Gosh i wish I had one of those. so easy.

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