Sunday, August 31, 2014
First day of spring, I love the weather warming up, the birds. Planted my first lettuces, yay!
Had a great weekend, last night walked an outdoors exhibition, Lux, with multiple installations of lights around the waterfront. Truly beautiful on that still, warm night.
And on Saturday, went to a gala dinner, here is a selfie as we are heading off.
Got more spring cleaning done, emptied some boxes of junk, I'll be incinerating the paper this evening.
Enjoy your week, sparkers!
Friday, August 29, 2014
Today is the day to make my first batch of kombucha. I will infuse some for a few days before fermenting it. I think I will add ginger and lemon to some, and earl grey tea to some, and leave some plain.
Big weekend this weekend, we have a gala dinner and a friend's significant birthday tonight. Wish I hadn't woken up so early (4am), will try to get a little nap in this afternoon.
Wish me luck!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I'm not being as diligent about my exercise & food as I might be, so I am blogging the positive steps I AM taking, no matter how minor.
So, I have begun taking diatomaceous earth and bentonite. So far so good, I know I need to have heaps of fluids to keep everything moving along, if you know what I mean.
I've been feeling quite foggy headed & am attributing this to a cleansing reaction.
Part of my increased fluid intake is apple cider vinegar with honey and cayenne pepper. I,ve just mixed some up ready to add to my hot drinks, it is a probiotic & is supposed to alkalinise the system. It is a delicious drink!
My kombucha is fermenting away, and I have a jar of mung bean sprouts on the go.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Watermellen blogged about fit neighborhoods. My DH used to walk to school with his friends. They would stop by each other's homes where the SAH mums were there to welcome them, and the tins were always full.
He is now at that age where the parents of the friends are dying, and on Monday he is flying home for the funeral of one of those women.
So this blog is to remember Eunice, who had two sons, one of whom was killed just a few months ago in an aircraft accident in a plane he was piloting.
Eunice lived in a house of men, Richard her husband is an engineer and an inventor, and her two boys were into motorbikes and planes. My DH's father died when he was a teenager and Richard and Eunice welcomed him into their home. Richard supplied some of what DH missed in his father, who was a wonderfully talented maker of things. DH and their youngest son were best friends at high school, and together all the time.
Richard built a boat in his backyard, and a plane in a hangar a few miles away, he always had something on the go and that was of course very intriguing to DH. He learned a lot from Richard. And always in the background was the support of Eunice, keeping the house going, and providing the morning and afternoon teas, the lunches, making her sons' friends feel welcome in their home.
I used to feel for Eunice whose husband was basically never at home, he was at work or busy from dawn til well into the dark on these very large projects. Those projects consumed all Richard's time , there was no time for holidays, and I dare say much of their spare money too.
And although the boat was finally finished, after many many years, and named after Eunice, by the time that happened her youth was long gone, she was in a wheelchair and couldn't go on the boat. Once her sons were grown and gone she had the house pretty much to herself.
It's too expensive for us both to fly south for the funeral, but I look forward to hearing from DH about how this woman of character spent her days.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I had lunch with my niece yesterday after we did a water exercise session. Then we picked up a scoby she had saved for me and bought a big jar to make Kombucha in. It is sitting on my counter working away. This will be my first batch so I hope it all goes OK.
In the meantime we have a bottle in the fridge, it is very pleasant tasting and delightfully fizzy. So now I make yoghurt and Kombucha, I guess the next step will be water kefir or sauerkraut.
Meanwhile I am drinking apple cider vinegar with local honey, so local it is from the hive next door (what crazy spellchecker makes this Dior, have a guess!), and cayenne pepper to work on my alkalinity.
I bought some diatomaceous earth and gave the cat the first dose, she's still standing so I guess it will be OK. On the packet it says to have daily for three months, so, away I go, I'll have it in my smoothie this morning.
Birds are singing and some of my chickens are laying their first eggs for the year, spring is definitely on the way.
Have a great day, Sparkers.
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