Monday, December 17, 2012
Brrrrr … no snow (yet) and we are very lucky so far. At least, for those of us who don’t leap at the thought of cross-country skiing or downhill or other winter sports!
I’ve spent a few hours here and there out in the back yard. Using the weed eater to chop up some of the many bags of oak leaves that I’d collected over the past month. I think I had about 30 bags and so far have about 15 or so to chop up. Using the weed eater certainly speeds up the process for the leaves to compost. At first I put some leaves in an empty garbage container (only used for the garden, though). Eventually the cords on the weed eater would become entangled so I changed my method.
Now I just empty a bag of leaves in one area of the garden and then proceed to break them up. Works like a charm. And no worries if the occasional bits of leaves tumble onto the lawn .. this only serves to feed the soil. That wonderful ecosystem that I’ve learned to pay more attention to. All that busy microbial universe that, until I took my Organic Master Gardening course this year .. I was (sadly) totally unaware of. Now that my awareness has been raised .. I pay more attention to how I treat my garden. And so happy with the results.
Anyway, just wanted to share some photos of a trip to the beach a week ago. D & I collected some lovely chopped up seaweed! The kelp was lovely, sliced into perfect circles .. perfect for the garden. If the weather permits, we’ll make another trip there this week to gather some of this lovely broken seaweed!
On this trip, we went to Mom’s Cafe! Lovely place .. has been under various ownerships in the past few years, but the food is still delicious, even if the tea was a tad on the costly side! We each had a bowl of the salmon & corn chowder (wild salmon of course!) and it was delicious to the last drop.
I’ve been a little busy in the past few weeks .. making soaps and spending zillions of hours in packaging them. Quite enjoying this and rediscovering the joy I used to have, many years ago, in concocting various recipes. Sort of like revisiting the past, with a modern perspective.
So I’ve allowed myself to be a little lazy (that is, not going 18 hours a day) over the past few days .. and quite enjoying this, for a change. Realize that I’m not the kind of person not to be involved in 2 or 3 projects simultaneously … I think that this is normal for me. Boredom hits me when I don’t have deadlines.
Anyway .. just wanted to share my photos .. and so now I’m going about my day .. in my most lovely life!