Friday, November 8, 2013

Changing Gears - A book by Greg Foyster!

A quick note for people who may have read about Greg Foyster and the release of his book:
 "Changing Gears". 

His story sounds truly inspiring - deciding to live more simply Greg quits his job in advertising and embarks on a cycling journey with his partner, Sophie, pedalling from Melbourne all the way up to far north Queensland (via Tasmania would you believe!) in the hope to gather ideas for a new way of life.

The book covers the couple's adventures along the way and the colourful characters they happen to meet. As well as meeting up with people out there who have embarked upon their own version of simple living, the book looks at the question: "Can we be happier with less?"  Food for thought, eh? I can hardly wait to get a copy and start reading it myself!

Greg is nearing the end of his (also pedal powered!) book tour and there is still time to catch him if you are near any of the places below..

Batemans Bay Community Library
Saturday 9 November, 10:30am
Talk, signing & the local 'Human-Powered Bike Generator' getting a workout
Hanging Rock Place, Batehaven
Phone: (02) 4472 5850

DeanSwift Books, Nowra
Tuesday 12 November, 12noon
Talk & signing
120 Junction Street, Nowra
Phone: (02) 4421 5568

Gleebooks, Sydney
Tuesday 19 November, 6pm
Greg Foyster in conversation with Craig Reucassel & book signing
49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Phone: (02) 9660 2333
Book online:

You can visit Greg's website and blog 'Simple Lives' here. 

Greg has also set up a facebook page on his travels, here. 

For more info and to purchase, see here.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Slow Living 2013 - October

 October..oh where did you go? One minute it was the first and the's halloween! A particularly busy month in our house with two teenette birthdays and accompanying parties to organise. I think I may have been onto something a couple of years back having both parties on the same day..just one lot of decorations, one lot of food, one clean smart. It didn't quite work with the requested slumber parties though..but both daughters seemed to enjoy their celebrations all the more for having it on their own day.  Read on to see what developments have occurred elsewhere in our home during the month...

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{Nourish} Minimal developments here this month, preferring instead to rely on tried and true staples for family meals. Limited time due to study may have something to do with this. I have however had some exposure to homemade nut butters and all sorts of treats made with coconut oil..both of which are intriguing. Not to mention being asked by a friend if I "activated my nuts before eating them?" Say what now! I generally eat 'em as they come but am open to change!! (I think she may have been referring to soaking them, or sprouting them..or both and maybe even drying them in the oven?)

{Prepare} – zilcho preparingness in this family birthday month..

{Green} This month I've been playing around with rosemary infusions as a final hair rinse. I have particularly dry skin and the skin on my head is no different so I'm pleased to report that the average home garden variety of rosemary does an outstanding job on dry skin. I've been boiling up a handful of fresh leaves in some water and once cool, straining the infusion and then allowing it to soak into wet hair after washing and leaving it in.  It's really good, try it and see! 

A visit to some hot mineral springs for a soothing soak also did wonders for my skin and I am back to taking local honey for spring time allergies..and yes, it really does work! Again, try it and see.
To top the month off, eyeing off the amazing healing garden at Heronswood was icing on the cake for me. Unfortunately most of the plants growing were still in trial stages and not available to purchase..but it was such fun to come across plants growing that I have only read ever about..

{Reduce} This month we had a distinct lack of school uniforms available. I later found them at the bottom of the youngest's wardrobe and identified the issue. Unraveled hems, missing buttons and small tears where the problem. Just one hour was all it took to repair the school uniforms to a wearable standard. Now having the daugher fitting into them for any significant amount of time is a matter completely out of my hands..!

{Grow} Things are quiet here in the garden - it seems to be that empty time of year. I did manage to find some time to plant some chitted potatoes a few weeks back which are always well received. Currently I am  harvesting leeks, silverbeet, parsley, beetroot leaves, the odd asparagus and herbs such as sage and rosemary - I told you it was slow! On the up side however, I did enter some weeds in a local show for a bit of fun and came out with a 2nd place ribbon. Who knew that even on the weed front, there is stiff competition? Having a friend receive the first place made the disappointment all the easier to tolerate...!

{Create} Very little crafting has been happening here lately. My October contribution is a pair of baby beanies for a special pair of twins in my SIL's family. It was a bit of fun, because my mum knitted cardigans in matching wool. It will be some time yet before they fit into them, though!

{Discover} I have been a complete bookworm lately. There are so many books calling out at me to read them, it's hard to find the time to check them all off my list! For leisure, I have been absorbed in the Earth’s Children series written by Jean Auel. There are six books in the series and it is set in the time when neanderthals and early homosapians walked the earth. The central character is a healer and the books have abundant references to botanical medicine, which I am loving! 

I have also been spending quite a bit of time reading about chakrahs and meditation. I am finding it all so fascinating and as I said, it's a challenge to find the hours in the day to read all that is calling to me!

{Enhance} I took a deep breath this month and submitted an application to become a volunteer in our area's local health center in the aged care section. This feels totally right for me right now and as I am currently studying in this area, it will hopefully give me an insight into future options that may become available as well as a testing of the waters...

{Enjoy} I always love seeing my daughters celebrate birthdays, and having two in the one month is hectic, albeit fun! The highlight for me this month though was the veggie group girls weekend away. It was beyond a treat for me after the busy month to get away with those weekly gardening girls and relax, relax and then relax some more!! Coming home to a kitchen that was cleaner than how I left it was a real treat, too!

How has your month been? 
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