This week I have saved electricity by not doing the vacuuming:)
The children came home after their week away and made me buy enormous amounts of food to feed them, but while they were away I only bought a litre of milk. Oh, and a block of chilli chocolate.
Yesterday, a friend who is going away for a few days brought over a bag full of kale and zucchinis from his garden. I was quite relieved, because I was about to go out and BUY zucchinis, which feels so wrong. Zucchini is not a vegetable that one buys, it is a vegetable which desperate gardeners press on you, and are who are terribly grateful when you say, why yes, you would be delighted to take half a dozen giant marrows off their hands. "Really?" they ask incredulously, "Are you quite sure?"
Usually I have my own giant zucchini problems, but this year my (quite old) zucchini seeds failed to germinate, and I have been meaning to replant for about three months now, and finally got to it this morning. It may be too late, and I may have missed the 2016 zucchini boat, but garden experiments are always entertaining, and if it fails, I am happy to accept each and every zucchini that got away..
Last year I planted cucumber seeds, one of which came up and produced all of two cucumbers. This year, one of those rogue 2015 cucumbers came up in the pot in which they failed to germinate last year. It sat and sulked all year and came up in late spring! I now have the first ripe cucumber from that vine. I know it is from that batch, because I accidentally bought seeds for round stripey cucumbers. Which look like tiny watermelons, but taste like cucumbers. Odd but good.
Every day I eat my boiled egg for breakfast then wander around the garden to find 'breakfast dessert'. Peaches, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, cherry plums. All the early morning goodness (getting up early means I beat the children to the best fruit. I am not really a model mother).
After procrastinating for a couple of months I asked The Girl to not allow me to eat dinner until I had potted up a collection of cuttings that have been busy growing roots in glasses of water on the kitchen bench. She diligently refused me dinner until I complied - took all of five minutes. Procrastination - why is it such a thing??
The girls and I want to learn to sew from a pattern, so we ordered a dress pattern from our local fabric shop recently, and I found a 100% cotton doona cover at the op-shop for us to practice on. This is the week's project. I have a sewing friend who lives a block away. If we get into trouble she will come and rescue us while I hold her adorable newborn baby. I guarantee we will get into trouble! This is our latest effort to learn how to make something that we usually buy.
Here is a photo I took earlier in the year:
The Boy has a very dear friend who he met many years ago when both their mad mothers were homeschooling them. Our values continue to be in alignment - when he came over to see The Boy he left his hat on the table, and I was delighted to see that he had patched it. He is a no-waste eco-warrior! I see a lot of angst about how so much is wrong with young people these days, but the young people I know are quietly getting on with grace and determination to make the world a better place.
Tell me about your green and thrifty projects, and your young eco-warriors.