the other day, i went to the obstetrician with my daughter who is expecting her 2nd baby in September.. she is pretty much totally organic and has been since she decided to have children.. on our way, we got to talking about trying to live simply & sustainably and I mentioned how I drive myself nuts when I shop. for groceries.
trying to buy fair-trade organic food
trying to boycott Coles supermarkets when they are the only one who stock the water soluble lavender oil that i use in the cleaning of my home and their organic butter is $2 cheaper than the locally owned supermarket.
oh and don't mention Genetically modified foods - sheesh, what a disaster that is.
slow foods. foods with little packaging. foods that are produced in Australia from Australian products so that I can help our country in this economic crisis.
Add all this to being gluten free.. and it becomes a problem trying to find food. I wouldn't eat if I had to shop in the way I think. trying to cover all ethical beliefs that I have. It is impossible... and as well, I must stick within a budget as we all have to do.
so where do I start? I have to decide what is most important for me.. is it organic? or fair-trade?..... I think i have to just do what I can. For me, organic comes first... we don't know what chemicals are used in producing our food. And that scares me.
I shop at our local food co-op.. where I can buy most staples in bulk. They sell organic produce, most of it produced in Australia and if not, then at a least i know it is ethically farmed. I can trust that whatever I buy there has not been treated with a toxic chemical cocktail.
I am in the process of making my vegetable garden bigger. In time for next spring, the dutch husband has started building a cage around one part my vegie garden - to protect it from birds who delight in stealing my tomatoes or beans.. wouldn't mind that at all but they are destructive in doing it. The plan is to grow as much as I possibly can for myself..so we build a cage to keep the birds out. I plan to double my crop of potatoes and plant many more tomato plants next year so that I can make my own tomato sauce for pastas.
My chickens are moulting at the moment so not many eggs, it is time to start feeding them the winter mix of porridge and garlic.. along with some apple cider vinegar.. helps to keep them warm inside during the cold winter months. over the past few months some of our chooks have died... so I will need to replace them next spring. I even talked to dutch husband about maybe farming some chickens for meat but I don't think I could bring myself to kill one of my girls, let alone eat her... my chook tribe ends up becoming a home for old lady chooks,without the threat of off with their heads when their egg laying days are over. They live the rest of their life pecking happily at my comfrey..being allowed to be cranky old women, who get annoyed with the younger flock for no reason. Just like we do as we get older. They become the matriarchs of the flock.
this morning as I was doing my little daily ritual of greeting the day.. I heard in my head a voice.. which asked me if I loved my life. and the answer was yes. I do. and then I 'heard': that is all that is needed - to love your life with a passion, whatever it brings. ~I am in love with my life, I know that.. oh yes there are days that I could cry but I have this absolute love for the life I have. It has taken a few years to get here.. and many of you have travelled with me as I struggled.. but here I am. in a good place.
over the past weeks, I have been reading alot about the simple life..I have been knitting dishcloths like a woman possessed. I have been playing house. It's been fun.
(photos in this post were taken at my local co-op in Katoomba.. I love it!)