Slow Living Essentials

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This is my first post followin the idea set out by Slow Living Essentials blog. I really like the idea of focusing on things that promote a more simplier pace of life, and on the things and items you use.

NOURISH: Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch overpackaged, over-processed convenience foods and opt for ‘real’ food instead. Share favourite links/recipes/tips from the month here =

This is pretty easy for me, as i have been 95% making my own for several years now, however, now i’m back in my own space i am getting back into it in full force. I use very little preprocessed food in all meals i make, and now I no longer buy biscuits and cakes – i have to make them if i want them. this month i tried Tan Slice for the first time. its a common slice avaliable in NZ and if you love caramel like me, its yummy!.

PREPARE: Stockpile and preserve. Freeze extra meals or excess garden/market produce. Bottle/can, dehydrate or pickle foods to enjoy when they are not in season. Aim to reduce dependency on store bought items especially those known to contain BPA and other suspect additives. Stocking up on dry goods when prices are low counts too =

for me, this relates to the above post. I live on my own, and i if i want to make sure i eat healthily i have to batch cook – pots of chilli or bog sauce. when i do my monthly shop i get meat for the meals i plan to make and i put several portions in the freezer for meals later in the month. this stops me eating junk sometimes when i’m tired coming home from work – providing i have remembered to take the meal out of the freezer.

REDUCE/Reuse/Re-purpose/Repair: Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing. A ladder into a strawberry planter? A sheet into a dress? Share ideas and project links here, allowing others to be inspired =

not alot for this section this past month. I have reinstigated the wee wipes!. so much nicer than toilet paper!. I have another cot sheet to cut up and hem to add to the pile, as i accidently sent one wipe down the loo!.

GREEN: up our lives. Start (or continue!) using homemade cleaners, body products and basic herbal remedies. The options are endless, the savings huge and the health benefits enormous =

at the moment, this is still in its infancy. i want to get into homemade cleaners firstly – i just need to find some recipes and have a go – maybe that should be my challenge to myself for this month!.

GROW: plant/harvest. What’s growing this month? What’s being eaten from the garden? Herbs in a pot, sprouts on a windowsill or and entire fruit/vegetable garden -opt for what fits space and time constraints. Don’t have a backyard? Ask a friendly neighbour or relative for a small patch of theirs in return for some home grown produce, they may surprise you! =

this section is going to be had to follow as i’m now in a one bed flat on the second floor with no outdoor space at all!. Still, when i moved here i brought a blueberry with me from my old allotment, and for the last 6 wks i have being enjoying freshly picked berries. this photo is of my last crop

CREATE: to fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others. Create something as simple as a handmade gift tag or something as extravagant as a fine knit shawl. Share project details and any new skills learnt here =

this i like!!. I have slowly been working on a cushion cover – it really should be finished now but i’ve been waylaid by something (more on that later!). I have also been doing art journalling as i get the inspiration.

DISCOVER: Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests. Trawl libraries, second hand shops or local book shops to find titles that fill the need. Share titles/authors of what is being read this month =

in my new place i am about 8mins walk from the main borough library. in essence that should be great, but i’m dismayed by the lack of books in the library, and they dont accept donations – i’ve tried!. anyway, i had to see what they had as i am writing a course for work and wanted some recent publications. you may also spy what has sidetracked me this month! – i gave in and have almost read all of the 3 50Shades books!.

ENHANCE: community: Possibilities include supporting local growers and producers, help out at a local school/kindergarten, barter or food swap, joining a playgroup or forming a walking or craft group. Car pooling where possible and biking/walking instead of driving. Even start up a blog if you haven’t already – online communities count too! Or maybe just help out someone trying to cross the street! The rewards for your time are often returned tenfold =

I am not going to have a lot to add to this at the moment – i have to walk now, unless i use the buses, as i no longer have a car. my ‘spare tyres’ are not impressed that i walk everywhere and are leaving!!.

ENJOY: Life! Embrace moments with friends and family. Marking the seasons, celebrations and new arrivals are all cause for enjoyment. Share a moment to be remembered from the month here =

I’m not going to talk alot about this, but my enjoy moment is with someone who means a great deal to me.

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5 responses »

  1. Hi Rach, and welcome! I got given a copy of 50 shades yesterday, so I guess I will join the masses and see what all the fuss is about too! It takes time to adjust to living in a new space. I have always found librarians to be fantastic for tracking down books for me – also they often have an on line catalouge that I can order the books that I want from other branches if mine doesnt have it on the shelf. Good luck! – Kara

  2. Hi Rach, nice to read about your month. Love the blueberries and the fact that you are growing them, even though you don’t have a lot of space. Your crochet looks so cheery!

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