Slow Living 2013 - February

Welcome to Slow Living 2013,  a monthly link-up to look back on the past month and it's achievements, however small, we have made in different areas in our lives. Interested in joining in? Just leave a link to your own blog post using the following categories and enjoy sharing and seeing what others have been up to! Hopefully gaining some inspiration and new ideas along the way.

Have fun and remember to say hi to those you visit! :)

(Pictures taken after the rain this week)

{NOURISH} Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch overpackaged, overprocessed convenience foods and opt for 'real' food instead. Share favourite links/recipes/tips from the month here.

{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 dependancy 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.

{REDUCE} 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. 

{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.


{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!

{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.


{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. 


{ENHANCE} Community: Possibilities include supporting local growers & producers, help out at a local school/kindergarten, barter or foodswap, 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.


{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.

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Comments

  1. Oh I love everything you say and I love this blog so much. Your pictures share that warmth xxx

    www.mindfullygreen.com.au

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  2. Lovely pictures, especially the kangaroos! KANGAROOS! Nothing more exotic than Mr Fox here...

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    1. We have that same Mr Fox around these parts too, Claire..

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  3. Sigh... The country.... How I miss it.

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  4. That dragonfly pic is amazing!! My son keeps asking to look at it :-)

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    1. Hope you get some of it back soon, Wendy.

      The dragonfly was found on the wet road while walking our dog, Mrs B. Sad but interesting at the same time..

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  5. Its raining a fair bit down there to then.... As much as we need, love and want the rain, a small amount of sunshine (say 6 hours a week even) would be nice too. Wonderful pictures as always! - K xx

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  6. Beautiful photos. I'm sure you're happy for the rain. :-)

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    1. Yep, you gotta have sun, Kara. Hope it makes it's way to you soon! x

      The rain was glorious, Kathryn, such a good soaking for the garden. :)

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  7. I love your pictures of the wet, wet, wet! Hasn't it been good! I wasn't going to join in with the diary this year but couldn't help myself. I love this catch-up!

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  8. We could really do with a bit more our the rain over our way!

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    1. You're more organised than me this month, Linda. :) As soon as I 'not posted' my own stuff, I wished I had. :)

      Sending rain vibes your way, Amber. :)

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  9. Hooray for rain! Our toothpick grass is finally starting to show signs of life, little green spikes making their way up through the straw-coloured sticks. I love the little jacket you made for poochkins!

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  10. Hi Christine, it looks like you had a good soak after all the dry, I don' think we got as much down here on the coast, I love that photo of the dragonfly! Have a great week, Julie :)

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    1. Hooray for green toothpick grass, Lisa! Pooch is somewhat confused and wary of 'The Cardigan'. Several more outings in it before completely at ease with it, I think! :)

      Thanks, Julie, have a great week too! :)

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  11. Hasn't it been lovely watching those little patches of green grass shoot up after the rain last week? Your first photo captures it perfectly!

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  12. I love the pictures! Especially the 'Give Way' - a subliminal message?

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    1. SOooo nice to see green emerging from the yellow/brown, T! So nice for the garden. :)

      Ha, yes, Nickie, perhaps! :)

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  13. I thought I'd left a comment earlier, but I see it didnt publish - I often have trouble commenting on blogger sites. But anyway - I wanted to say that I love your photos, as always. Kangaroos seem so exotic to me.

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    1. We always get a thrill from seeing them up close, Heidi, although they can be a real hazard on the roads..especially late at night. We see too many of them hit by cars around our area. :(

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  14. Love the ducks :) Thank you for running this again Christine.

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  15. hi¡ from the other side of the world . sevilla spain

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  16. Beautiful photos, great link up again, thanks Christine.

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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