The Shift to Thrift.

The Thrift of Good Health.

Well, it’s been quite a week. I have news from several people, all loved dearly, who are staring down the barrel of complicated health issues. They are moving into chemotherapy treatments, facing silent and complicated diseases, living with auto immune disorders which compromise their health on every level, recovering from open heart surgery, strokes and serious illness. There are many who are in need of prayer for improved health, courage and peace in the situations they are facing.

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So it would be foolish for me to suggest that we have control over all of our health issues, as clearly we don’t. Good health is indeed a wealth as surely as poor health and illness can be an expensive business, so as far as it lies within us it is sensible to do what we can to protect ourselves.

When it comes to health, prevention is better than cure and quite a lot of prevention can come down to simple habits. It seems that pre covid people had forgotten just how important personal hygiene and hand washing was. When my children were small they were taught the habit of washing their hands and face before eating and also after eating. When they were too small to do this themselves, I did so for them with a warm washer. This habit meant they did not eat with dirty hands or face and it also prevented food being spread around the home and onto furnishings, leaving hard to remove grease marks.

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Teaching little ones to clean their teeth correctly is another important habit for thrift. We also had the scratch and smell teeth cleaning test. When they were old enough to clean their own teeth, before bed, I would ask have you cleaned your teeth? If the answer was yes, I would then ask if they would pass my scratch and smell test. Which meant did the teeth smell clean and had all the plaque been removed in their teeth cleaning. Sometimes there needed to be a rerun of the brush. But between all my four adult children, their fillings could be counted on one hand. This has been a great saving for me in their growing years and also for themselves now.

Other simple habits such as wearing warm clothes, warm socks and shoes and something warm close to the chest when it is cold will keep many a winter illness away. In my teaching days, I would be as warm as toast in the classroom because I had warm feet and a warm chest, students however would often be literally shivering and freezing because they refused to wear clothing which kept the warmth in close to their bodies. We would turn the heating on and they would still be cold.

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Another important factor in health is balance and moderation. Moderation in food and beverage intake, a diet which is balanced in nutrition, moderate and regular exercise, sufficient sleep and relaxation balanced with regular opportunity to be social and mix with others with similar interests or to learn something new. Of course we are multi dimensional beings and our physical, emotional, spiritual and creative selves must all be nurtured and kept in balance for good health.

Doctors, medicine, science, diet and nature all play their part in good health. It was Hippocrates, who lived over 400 years before the birth of Christ, who said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

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For the thrift of good health turn to Nature for its gentle healing qualities. Sunshine, fresh air, clean water, vegetables and gentle exercise combined with people to love and something to look forward to, are healthy lifestyle choices with healing properties.

Whatever your measure of health, I hope there is a way for you to find a balance between science, medicine and nature and to seek the simple solutions of good health as well as the advantages and wonders of modern medicine.

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Squeaky Clean and Thrifty.

In this blog I am going to include some hints for thrifty cleaning and some recipes for thrifty, environmentally friendly cleaning potions.

An important room in the home to keep clean is the bathroom. I keep a cloth at the bathroom hand basin and wipe around taps and basin each day. This keeps any build up of grime or mould at bay. Glass shower doors and tiles should be wiped down regularly for the same reason. Keep a small scourer on the floor in the shower recess and regularly rub it under foot over the shower floor. The following all purpose cleaner can be used on kitchen counter surfaces, toilets, sinks, tubs, floors and walls.

Bare Essentials Borax Cleaner 500g
Borax : The pricely sum of $4

All Purpose Cleaner:

Ingredients: 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1&1/2 cups water, 1 teaspoon Borax, 10 drops lemon essential oil, 5 drops each of tea-tree, lime, lemongrass and white fir essential oils.

Method: Use a metal funnel to combine all ingredients into a dark glass bottle. Screw on a spray nozzle top. Shake thoroughly, spray directly onto surface. Use a cloth to scrub area and wipe clean.

Toilet Drops:

Ingredients: Essential oil drops: lemongrass X30, peppermint X 25, geranium X10, basil X 5.

Method: Combine in a dark glass 5 ml vial and pop an orifice reducer in the mouth of the bottle. Pop 3 drops into the toilet bowl before using and 3 drops after flushing.

Recipes from Essential Oils for Beauty, Wellness and the Home by Alicia Atkinson, 2015.

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Coles Cloudy Ammonia 1l
Cloudy Ammonia: $1.40
Sanofi Hydrogen Peroxide 200ml
Hydrogen Peroxide: $3.80

Toilet Cleaner:

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of cloudy ammonia, 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 2 litres of water.

Method: Pour slowly in and around the bowl, leave for 30 minutes, then scrub and flush.

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And if you want to go really basic in the bathroom, bicarbonate of soda will clean tiles, bath, shower recess and toilet. While a solution of vinegar and water will clean mirrors, glass and disinfect the toilet.

Recipes from 1001 Greener Household Hints by John Schluter, 2002. ISBN 1865154563

Bicarbonate of soda has a myriad of uses in the home from sprinkling it over the carpet before vacuuming, to de-odourising matresses, shoes and pet beds, to cleaning microwaves, dishwashers and refrigerators. It can be used in the laundry to remove stains and odours and in the bath to soothe and relax tired bodies. It can be used as an exfoliator and as an ingredient in homemade deodorants and toothpastes. 500grams of McKenzie’s Bi Carb will cost $2.40 and Homebrand Bi Carb even less. It is worth keeping in the cupboard!

A little dish of bicarbonate of soda in the fridge will absorb odours, a container of charcoal popped in the back of the fridge will achieve the same result and so will a cut onion. Cut onion will absorb bacteria and odours regardless of where it is placed so if you can stand the smell it is a very cheap way to cleanse a room. Also cut onion placed under the soles of feet at night and a pair of old socks pulled over the top to hold the onion in place will draw out fever and toxins from the body.

Apart from keeping our living spaces clean and smelling sweet, basic, environmentally friendly cleaning practices are good for our health and well being. Next post we will look at the thrift of good health.

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Squeaky Clean and Thrifty.

The Thieves Trio: these three little beauties will do almost anything. Outlay can be a bit pricey but the tiniest amount is needed.

Supermarket shelves groan under the weight of many and varied cleaning potions. Television advertisements highlight the superior results, all achieved with minimum of fuss and effort, of these cleaning products. We’re led to believe that a whole range of cleaning products are necessary to keep the home clean and therefore we have cupboards which bulge with a variety of cleaning products which all come at a cost, both financially and environmentally. It is important to run a clean and fresh home. The good news is that keeping a home clean does not have to cost a fortune, nor does it have to negatively impact our health or the environment and there is no need to use a different product for everything.

Or you can make your own cleaning products; I do a bit of both.

Contrary to what advertisements would have us believe, cleaning does demand a bit of elbow grease at times and the trick is to keep on top of cleaning so that it is a regular chore but not a really difficult chore. It is amazing what can be achieved with a bucket of hot water, some rags, a few bubbles and some elbow grease. Staples for cleaning include white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, essential oils and disinfectants. I love to use my essential oils in the home as they leave a fresh, invigorating fragrance as well as being anti bacterial, anti fungal and basically anti everything plus they leave no residue of nasty chemical toxins. Some old time cleaning hints are worth trying; oil of cloves will kill mould, use linseed oil, olive oil or coconut oil to polish timber furniture, ammonia or cloudy ammonia, eucalyptus oil and Borax have many household uses. I recommend John Schluter’s 1001 Greener Household Hints, Hinkler Books ISBN 186515456-3 for useful, economical and environmentally kind cleaning ideas.

These are room sprays. I have them all over the house. Water and a few drops of oil. Magic!

As a general rule we use too many cleaning products and we use too much of the product. The amount used in most cases can be reduced and I will use washing detergent as an example. Provided you do not have exceptionally dirty, greasy clothes to launder, washing detergent can be reduced as most of the dirt is removed through the agitation of the clothes in the wash and through good rinsing, so experiment to see how much (little) detergent is really needed to produce a clean wash. Sunlight and fresh air are nature’s cleaners and de-odourisers so allow as much fresh air and sunlight into the home as possible. Peg the washing on the line and save that electricity by not using the dryer plus the sunlight and breeze will give the wash a lovely fresh smell.

Home made toilet cleaners and fresheners.

There are many books available on simple, thrifty and green household cleaning products as well as lots of information on the net. A bit of trail and error and adjustments may need to be made and not every idea you read will be a good one but the same as with my cooking, I like to read a lot of information to understand principles and basics and then play.

Books. Where would I be without my books?

Next blog, I will include some recipes and some hints. But remember, if it is is good for you, generally it will be good for the environment, for your health and your bank balance.

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Time and Thrift

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Time is precious. In business it is said that “time is money” and sometimes there is so much to do that there never seems to be enough time. Often periods of being time poor coincide with sufficient or even an abundance of money, however, in my experience, life is fickle, fragile and beautiful and one never knows what is around the corner. Time and money are at opposite ends of the balancing see-saw as either we are very busy, earning good money or there is plenty of time on our hands but there is very little money. On those occasions when time, not money, is in abundance and especially if this time comes through an unexpected misfortune or sudden change of circumstances, it may be accompanied by the black dog of depression. It is of paramount importance to realise the value of time and invest it wisely for the health of our bank balance, mind, body and soul. It is in times such as these that a wonderful new door of opportunity may open, a new skill is developed or new knowledge attained. Of utmost importance is not to allow the resource of time to slip through one’s fingers and be wasted.

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Everyone is given the same twenty-four hour period each day and it is a constant source of interest that some peoples’ achievements are amazing, whilst others simply squander time and have little to show for its passing. Time is a resource as valuable, or even more so, than money and the idea of thrifty time is that this resource is realised and is not wasted. Time is a gift and we are to redeem it, buy in back, in productive and purposeful endeavours. I am suggesting a balanced approach to the way time is spent. There is a time to work and a time to rest, a time to recreate and a time to nurture self and others, however there are many people, habits and mindless activities which will steal our time away and time, once lost, can never be regained.

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I am aware there are times when physical and /or emotional health simply demand rest and plenty of it but as health returns it is very important to get going and engage in the day. Some days it seems that nothing is achieved and they are the days when just surviving is an achievement. However, achieving something in the day, even if it is a small something to begin with, will boost the spirit, build self confidence and contribute towards a healthier, happier and fuller future.

Set some goals for the day. When my children were little and time just seemed to get swallowed up, each day I set out to achieve something – get the folding up to date; do some baking – you know – mind blowing stuff – and on going to bed, I would think about what was achieved that day and set a goal for the next day. And funnily enough over 4 decades later and now ‘retired’ I am still doing the same thing.

Wasting Time is truly one of the most wasteful things we can do; following are some strategies for spending time wisely.

#1) Get out of bed and get the day started. Very little is gained through making “lying in” a lifestyle habit.

#2) Streamline and simplify life through having a routine and work the routine.

#3) Cleaning is one of those tasks which can take up as much time as you let it. Streamline cleaning procedures through tidying and cleaning as you go; declutter; have a place for everything and return items to their place after use; enlist the help of others in the household.

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#4) Learn to say “NO”. The world is full of people who waste their own time and are more than happy to waste yours as well. This does not mean there is never time for a cup of coffee with a friend or to do good for others but do not let other people tie you up just because it suits them. Be the master of your time and invest it wisely.

#5) Have a time budget and use it to avoid excessive periods of chatting on the phone; being caught up on Facebook, internet surfing or television watching.

#6) Find a wholesome hobby, an interest, that makes you a more interesting and interested person. If necessary, a hobby can often be turned into a source of extra income.

#7) Before sleep take a mental inventory of your day and thank God that, for today, your needs were provided. Plan something you would like to achieve on the morrow.

We have been entrusted with the precious gift of time, so as good stewards let us make our time count for something positive. One day we will be called to give an account for what we have done with our time and the old adage, “the Devil finds work for idle hands” is as true today as ever.

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For the Love of Thrifty Gardening

I am in the process of starting a new garden patch. There is a section on one side of the front garden, where it is difficult to get the mower around so I have begun one of my no dig gardens. I favour the no dig method initially because it is an energy and cost efficient method. Remember, I offer cost effective suggestions and the no dig garden can take some time to build up but if you never start …

I use old sleepers to define the edges but don’t let the lack of a defined space deter you and do not think you can’t start gardening until you can afford sleepers or whatever. Along a fence line can be a good spot as there are only three sides to define. Cover this area with newspaper or old cardboard boxes opened out. Cover the grass and weeds with enough thickness to allow no light to them and they will die and decompose into the soil. Next hose the newspaper until it is wet enough to stay in place and layer that with sugar cane mulch and build up the garden with compost and some organic manures and leave it to settle for a while. When you want to plant, make a space in the mulch, put in some quality potting mix to give the seedling a good start and plant into that. After a season or two the newspaper, compost, organic manures, potting mix and sugar cane mulch have broken down together to a sweet, friable soil.

Put as much organic matter back into the soil as possible, this must be an ongoing process. I compost but there are other ways to put organic matter back into the soil. Some people “plant” their kitchen scraps, a friend of mine who lived alone kept his kitchen scraps in a big glass jar under the sink and every couple of days would whizz them up with water and make liquid fertilizer. I have also used a bokashi bucket; my daughter has a worm farm and chickens. It’s a similar principle to my kitchen mantra which says do not pour flavour down the sink, my mantra for organic matter is do not put organic matter in the rubbish bin, find a way to get it back into the soil.

We have talked about seedling propagation and how to strike plants from cuttings but there is more. Garlic, ginger and turmeric will all grow from popping the bulb or rhizome in the soil. Sweet potato runners will propagate through planting a sweet potato which has started to shoot whilst in the pantry and healthy potatoes which start to eye in the cupboard can be popped into the soil and will produce more potatoes. Cut the root end off purchased shallots and pop into the soil to grow new shallot plants. Strawberry plants send out runners after each fruiting season which can be propagated and raspberry canes, which need to be cut out after fruiting, will strike in a new position. Pineapples are a member of the Bromide, family and will grow from a planted pineapple top. They take some time to mature bit it is easy to pop a pineapple top in the soil and just leave it alone. My point is that vegetable gardening does not have to mean the constant purchase of seedlings. There is a great buzz in watching Mother Nature at work.

The most wonderful thing about life is that it tells a story and your life tells your story. There is no better place to read that story than in the garden. When others know about your interest in gardening, often they will give plants as a gift. Lots of plants in my garden tell a story of love while other plants tell the story of my travels, some tell the story of past locations of living and working, some have come from the gardens of friends and all of these plants bring to mind special people and special times and add much joy to life.

This is the last post on shift to thrift in the garden. In the next post we will move onto Time and Thrift. But I will close with one final comment;

Plant a red rose bush! For the Love of it!

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Strike it Thrifty.

Not everything one does in life is a success, and that is OK. We actually learn more from our failures than our successes and since life is a journey of learning, and hopefully gaining wisdom, we should be thankful that opportunities for lessons and personal growth come our way. It is the same in the garden! Not everything I do is a success and I am always learning.

Today I want to talk about how to “strike” plants or grow plants from cuttings. I call this striking it thrifty as the cuttings are free, usually given from a friend’s garden and I strike it lucky enough to consider this a very worthwhile and thrifty way to garden. Not only is this a blessing to me but once established cuttings can be given to others.

So here are some of my plants grown from cuttings.

My rosemary bush was once a little stick of rosemary given by a friend.
Plants can also be rooted in water and then ready to plant in the garden.
Another example of a lovely plant from a small start.
Mother in Laws Tongue; one tiny rhizome from my older sister’s garden and slowly but surely it is growing.
All these succulents have been grown from a cutting,
Waiting for this one to flower. A quite recent cutting.
All my geraniums are grown from simply sticking cuttings in the ground. Not only are mine grown this way, when I cut back the plants, I put the cuttings in a tub at the front fence for passers by to take for their gardens. In fact 90% of this garden is grown from cuttings from friends. I call it my friendship garden.

And of course, there is much more that can be said. I have a dear friend who very successfully strikes roses from cuttings. I always plant the bottom part of shallots when I buy them and regrow new ones and if you look at Facebook or Google you will find lots of ideas on how to grow from cuttings. I hope I have written enough in the last couple of blogs to convince you to scatter some seeds and stick some cuttings in the ground. Experiment,there is nothing to lose! You too can strike it thrifty!

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The Thrift of Companion Planting.

I use companion planting in the garden because I cannot see the benefit of growing your own if it is going to be sprayed with chemicals. Today’s blog features a little book I was given in the early 80s which has been a constant companion ever since. But first I need to tell you a story about its giver. I will call him A.

I met A in the late 70s, he was almost 70 then and I met him through a friend who was a nursing sister at the country hospital in the small township in which I lived. A was hospitalised due to a severe chest infection but while he was in hospital it was discovered several badly decayed teeth were contributing to his malaise. This resulted in my then husband being called to remove all of A’s remaining teeth and make him dentures. A recovered well and went on to live well into his 90s, although not quite making it to 100.

A was born in England the only child of poor working class parents. At the age of 15 he came to Australia, alone. I understand The Salvation Army was instrumental in securing him a passage and after he arrived, he bought a pushbike and rode from farm to farm working as a farm hand. I felt for his mother, seeing her only child go to the other side of the world without any likelihood of seeing her son again. A told me that as hard as this was for her, she was happy to see him have this opportunity as she was certain there would be no such opportunity for him had he stayed in England.

During WW2 A joined the Australian Air Force and working as ground crew, served in Papua New Guinea. After the war A was granted a piece of farming land but A’s piece of land was way up a valley and then up a mountain and was accessible only by 4X4 wheel drive. But this wasn’t a problem as A never owned a car; when he wanted to go to town, which was not often, he would ride his horse down the mountain to the nearest farmhouse and his neighbour would give him a lift into town. A lived in a rammed earth mud hut built with his own hands and slept in a little rammed earth nook with one open side; in the winter he could reach out his hand and touch the snow. He did not have electricity, his water, fresh and clear came from a nearby spring. A had never married.

But if you are thinking A had not achieved much in his life or that he was not a very intelligent or educated man, you would be very wrong. A was a revolutionary conservationist long before it was cool and trendy to be one. He worked with the earth, provided for his needs from it, was self educated and very widely read, he dabbled in art, understood what his body needed for physical health and was deeply spiritual. He identified as a Rosicrucian, his favourite book was the Bible which he read daily and he lived a humble, loving and peaceful life.

It became obvious that as A got older it was not practical for him to stay up on top of his mountain in comparative isolation, so in due course he moved to live with some other friends of ours who shared a similar life view. For years following A lived with this family, working in their garden and helping out and in the winter months he would come and stay with us in a warmer climate and there he would work in our garden, enjoy the sunshine, his painting, reading, our many conversations and interact with the children. My toddler son could not pronounce his name and called A “erring boy”, which A found entirely amusing and quite complimentary.

It’s the little things that count. Garlic Chives seeds for sowing near the roses.

In this way leads onto way life, it truly is the little things that make life memorable. My Companion Planting in Australia is almost 40 years old. Every time I reach to bring it down from the shelf to look up something I thank “erring boy” and this ANZAC Day I will remember him and thank him again. They sure don’t make them like him these days.

Basil seeds to scatter between the tomatoes.
Lettuce gone to seed. Pop it in the ground for future lettuce.
Capsicum seedlings, scooped from a capsicum and thrown into the soil.

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The Thrift of Scattering Seed.

In the next few posts we will proceed to discuss the many ways in which one can be a thrifty and successful home gardener. There are a number of plants that if planted once you will never be without as they will self sow. Some very prolific examples are marigolds, nasturtium, cosmos and tomatoes; but actually I allow many plants to self sow and chuck seeds of all sorts of veges and fruit everywhere. Being a home gardener allows for much more scope than if one is producing crops for income.

Nasturtiums are an excellent ground cover, they hold in moisture and are actually beneficial to the soil as well as you! Both the leaves and petals of nasturtiums are packed with nutrition, containing high levels of Vit C. They have the ability to improve the immune system and can ease sore throats, coughs, and colds. They are also anti- bacterial and anti-fungal. The seeds, whilst they are young and green, can be used in place of capers. I use the young leaves and flowers as a garnish on trays of sandwiches and the leaves add a lovely peppery tang to green salads.

Marigolds, nasturtium and cosmos are also excellent companion plants which will play an active role in pest reduction; in another post we will discuss the benefits of companion planting. Compost, an absolute must for any gardener, will also yield some interesting crops when dug back in to the soil. I read just recently that the very ordered garden is giving away to a much more natural garden which encourages nature to return to back yards, well all I can say is I must have been ahead of my time because I have always been a bit higgildy- piggildy in my approach to gardening. The following pics have been taken from my garden in the last week.

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The raspberries are giving up their last fruit before the cooler weather hits. I just love them they remind me so much of raspberry lollies and these taste just as sweet.

Admittedly my garden is not be an expensively landscaped affair, rather it is a space where Mother Nature has the say and I simply work along side her for the sheer joy of it.

The paw-paw trees are the product of a few seeds thrown in the soil several years ago. They fruit twice a year and are going great guns.
These are my pumpkins and I am so looking forward to eating them. They are compliments of the compost put on this garden, actually months ago. This is the amazing thing about self sown plants; they have their own agenda; my job is simply to work with them.
Pumpkin vines will go on and on if they are let to do so and will put all their oomph into a great big vine and not much fruit. Find where a flower has set a baby pumpkin and cut the vine just after this spot. Then the vine will put its energy into the fruit.
When it comes to companion planting, my motto is marigolds with everything! Here they are planted near rose bushes but truly, I plant them all over the place. Their petals and the seeds are edible and can be used in salads. They are a very bright and happy plant.
O.K. Tomatoes. Some less than perfect cherry tomatoes were thrown in the compost in the old bath tub and presto heaps of tomato seedlings. Below are some of the transplanted seedlings. I prefer cherry tomatoes in the home garden as they are more resistant to disease and generally produce prolifically. You can pop a few tomato bushes in anywhere and there is nothing sweeter than a sun ripened tomato straight from the plant.
Below is one of the summer gardens in a riot of cosmos and marigold. Last week I cleared this garden and laid the cosmos and marigolds all along the side fence (pic above) I expect next spring there will be a row of alternate marigold and cosmos plants. I will dump some grass clippings over them and let Mother Nature do the rest. Note the bath tubs on the right hand side. I have recently harvested potatoes from the far one and now have seed it with beetroot and radish seeds. The front tub has self seeded rocket and some rainbow spinach which is really finished now.
The clearing begins. This garden has now been replanted with capsicum, eggplant, tomatoes, green beans and beetroot. Not yet established enough for a pic but hopefully one will come in due course.

Well that is enough for today. We will stay with this theme for the next post also as there are still more plants to talk about.

Have a go at scattering some seed, be patient and see how rewarding the sun, the soil, a little compost and a little water can be. Happy gardening.

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The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth

you are nearer God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth.

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The Thrift of Gardening as Therapy.

Gardening is the cheapest and best therapy for the stressed or saddened soul, it has a way of earthing and anchoring one back to their centre and creator. This is not to mention the beauty of gardening or the satisfaction of home grown produce. It is also moderate exercise and provides the daily dose of vitamin D which is extremely important for mental and emotional health as well as healthy bones and muscle. So it is no surprise that I keep being drawn back to digging in the earth and getting my hands dirty.

I approach gardening like almost everything else in life, on a budget, working toward the highest return for the least financial outlay but with a lot of love. One of my life mottoes is Everything in life reflects the amount of love it is given. This is a truism from fingernails to Ferraris. Love – a verb – is a doing thing and is reflected in the time and energy invested in that which is held dear.

At the present being in the garden is wonderful; the weather is beautiful, the sunshine mild, the skies blue and everywhere there are butterflies. All colours of dancing butterflies, orange and black, blue and black, black and white, plain white, large black ones and plain yellow ones. They are a delight to watch but very difficult to capture in photograph.

We are going to start with a little butterfly poetry, which in its own way is appropriate to the current situation for I think we feel we are presently cocooning away and wondering what and how life might be when we can all come out again.

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Metamorphosis: a poem by Estelle D. copyright: 1996

Pretty Butterfly, flutter by on coloured wing,

Dancing on the breeze, all around without a sound,

What delight you now bring,

But who would know that in another life you had no wings to show?

That these you had to grow.

In your changes was there pain? Did you know what you would gain?

In your darkness wrapped away, did you think this way you’d stay?

Did you feel that you would die before you became a butterfly?

Robbed of life as you had known, for as a caterpillar you had grown

amongst beautiful flower and leaf, only now to know loss and grief.

But for all of this there was a plan, not conceived by mortal man,

In order to transform, one must die to be reborn.

So if you feel like you could die but inside yearn to take wing and fly,

To be free and touch the sky, to travel on the road that’s high,

Remember after night will come the dawn,

And you will wake one shining morn, to find that after all you did not die,

But were transformed from caterpillar to Butterfly.

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The Shift to Thrift.

Today is the last post on thrift in the kitchen; I could go on but I think we have covered sufficient for now. Thank you everyone who has been following along, thank you for your comments and an especially big thank you to those of you who made my mum’s pumpkin scones and posted me a pic of your lovely trays of scones.

Thrift in the kitchen is not rocket science. Put simply it is :

  • being organised enough to have a plan
  • to shop with value for money in mind
  • to purchase nutrient dense foods which actually nourish the body
  • to use what has been purchased with a minimum of waste
  • to store food in an organised and visible fashion
  • to be familiar with cooking methods and terms
  • to experiment with food prep and presentation
  • to respect flavours and flavour partners
  • to understand ingredient substitutions
  • and most importantly, to have fun and cook with love.
Lime Tree, Rosemary and Herbs, Marigolds, Pumpkin Vine, Mandarin

In the next Shift to Thrift post we will move onto another of my keen interests; thrifty gardening.

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