Slow Living Monthly 9 - July 2014

Hello! I'm very much looking forward to sharing my month here with you once again under the nine banners that form this link-up. Many thanks must also go to Linda from Greenhaven, who has stepped in to take on the hosting, so we can continue to share in the little community that has formed here. Please be sure to stop by Greenhaven to see what others have been up to, or to link up yourself. It's so wonderful meeting new people through the blogs!

July 2014

The bitter cold of winter hit hard this month and so it was out of necessity to stay warm, well fueled and nourished that I focused on soup after soup after soup. I have my old favourites that I often return to and find these the most comforting to dish up throughout these cold times. I am sure there is also something to be said for using bone broth as the basis for soups - it just feels good for the body and I'm not sure if it's psychological or not, but I really think it is boosting my immunity - so far no dreadful colds here..touch wood. A good standby, lentil soup was also revisited this month, which is great when veggie supplies are running low and one turns to the pantry for supplies.

Elsewhere, I revisited some sourdough baking, as it had been a long, long break between loaves and a friend had kindly gifted me some of her starter to save me the trouble of starting up my own again (after hubby emptied the fridge and my robust starter along with it!). Still wary of foods high in gluten, I have tried a few loaves with rye, buckwheat and spelt as the flour content. Although still containing gluten, these loaves I am finding are a lot less 'bloaty' than the full wheat loaves I used to bake..(and love so much!)..

Spelt sourdough made with rye starter. Sunflower seeds added to the dough. 

Yep, soups again. So much soup. Soup for today, tomorrow, the rest of the week and the freezer. Where on earth would we be without soup?

I have been making more of an effort to batch cook this month (due to necessity and time constraints more than anything else). Baking school (and work!) snacks while dinner is in the oven is my favourite way - it's amazing how much a person can cram in the oven when they really try!

Thinking craftyness, it was good to dive into the stash this month to finish of a vest when I ran out of the main colour on the home stretch. There is definitely something to be said for a well stocked stash. Looking forward to wearing this number..

Not so much what I have done this month, but what I really need to do - skin care is top of my list at the moment. Through my current workplacement I am finding myself in a situation where I am frequently washing my hands and they are becoming incredibly dry, sore and even cracked from the harsh soaps and alcohol based sanitiser. I simply must get around to making some more calendula salve and also some soap - I am inspired to revisit goat's milk soap, even though it means buying the milk. I don't know anyone locally who milks goats!

Slow times here in the garden this month. A little fruit tree pruning took place and some harvesting of herbs - rosemary, parsley and perennial leeks which always seem to be in abundance. While tending to a neighbour's chooks for a few days, I noticed the most glorious cumquat tree, and was pleased to bring some home, as they were just falling to waste on the ground, after providing their magnificent display. Hoping to tackle a marmalade soon..

I enjoyed spinning up a quick 100g of woolly fibre this month and crocheting it into my favourite hat pattern. There's nothing like a new hat to make a person feel good while out and about. And sometimes quick and easy really hits the spot!

July was a month of sadness in my circle as a dear friend traveled through the toughest of times. I hope that the small gestures I put out bring some comfort and a feeling of support for her. It is so very difficult to see someone you care for in such a painful place, without being able to do anything to change it. I hope she knows how much support she has around her. x

July was huge in discoveries for me. I am entering my fourth week of a work placement as part of my studies in aged care. While initially confronting (there is only so much a person can get out of books), I have since found myself feeling that this is exactly what I am meant to be doing and all the new challenges that come along are details that can be learned, discussed and added to my range of skills. I love the interactions with the residents, and the feeling that I am in some small way bringing something of value to them or providing a space where dignity can be maintained and small pleasures of life still enjoyed. It's enormously heart warming. 

See above. As a bonus we also received a lovely surprise snow fall, which makes everyone feel cheery, even in the dark times of winter. Having our neighbourhood turn into a winter wonderland was completely magical and exciting all at once!

Thanks so much to Linda for hosting this link-up. Do pop on over if you wish to join in or read what others have been up to!


  1. Beautiful photography Christine. It's not just psychological - a nutritionalist friend of mine recently told me it's the bone broth more than the vegetables that you put in soup that is amazingly helpful to the immune system! She also told me that lots of people have issues with yeast in bread making them bloaty, I'm fine with homemade but if I eat supermarket bread I feel terrible afterwards. Apparently they use fast acting yeast which is full chemicals.
    Enjoy your snow and keep warm.
    Kindest regards from the alps.

  2. I can imagine you would be perfect in your work with people. I'm sure you brighten people's day with your thoughtfulness. Enjoy the rest of your placement. I'm thinking there would have to be someone who milks goats nearby. I wonder if you placed an ad in the local paper...? More often than not, goat milkers have milk to spare and would be glad to find a use for it.

  3. Oh so glad it did keep going! Thank you Linda .
    Your pictures beautiful as always. Sour dough bread looks so awesome!! I can just imagine your face when that perfect loaf came out of the oven!

  4. Beautiful photos and lovely to hear of the wonderful work you are doing.

  5. What beautiful photos in your post. Your bread looks amazing mine never rise as big as that! I have virtually stopped eating bread and have found I don't miss it at all, it doesn't make me bloated I just was becoming too reliant on it for lunches and wanted to have more variation in our diet. I never buy bread tho' as as Emma says the methods to make the bread, certainly in the UK not sure about the rest of the world, are awful and bear little resemblance to the natural ways of doing. I am tempted to make sourdough bread again after seeing your wonderful loaf :)

  6. Glad to hear that your work placement is going well but it is a shame you have to use such harsh soaps. The bread looks amazing.

  7. Almost startling to read of bone-chilling cold, as we're in the throws of summer here. ;-)

    I love hearing about your work. I have an auntie who does similar... she speaks of it in a similar way... meaningful and rewarding.

  8. So glad that SLE is able to be continued and thank you so much for all that you did in months past! Also loving checking out what folks in Oz are doing to stay warm while we here in America are sweating through summer :) LOVE the hat.


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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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