Playing in the Sun for Work

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My Mum and good friend Ian, chat while enjoying the view. Laguna lookout at Noosa National Park, Queensland, Australia

One week remaining before Little One and I travel home – back South of the boarder again.

Amongst the work that brought me up here to Queensland, we have been playing in the sun, sand and surf (gentle toddler friendly beaches).  The highlight for me has been catching up with good friends who live on the Sunshine Coast and spending time with family.

Perhaps escaping the end of Winter, may become an annual pilgrimage.

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Organic, Child Friendly Pesticide

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While gardening with our Little One this week, I was struck by the absurdity of my teaching “spray the pesticide on just the weeds”.

Children using pesticides, sounds totally irresponsible for a parent to ordain. Right??

No sooner than the words left my mouth, I immediately sensed the need to verbalise an explaintation.

There is no need to stress, as the ‘pesticide’ was an organic, home made recipe – totally safe for little ones to give a helping hand.

One a side note, according to biology, a weed is just a plant that someone doesn’t want.  It is quite possible for one person’s weed to be another’s valued plant.

Also according to permaculture, a weed is just a plant we have yet to find a meaningful use for – our knowledge being the problem and not the weed.

This week I was killing my weeds organically and environmentally responsibly.  Tomorrow I might be actually growing weeds or at least allowing them to live, for a greater purpose.

Bye Bye Mum

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Today with a heavy heart, we say goodbye to my Mum who has been staying with us for six weeks.

She heads home to sunny, warm Queensland  (escaping our winter).

My love of gardening and cooking was inherited from my Mum.  Some of my happiest childhood memories was spent in the garden with my family and eating my Mother’s home cooked food.

Love you Mum. Safe travels. See you soon. xox

Mother’s Day Reflections

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With the help of Daddy, our Little One gave me a very cute black board for our kitchen – my pressie for Mother’s day.

Now hanging near the drying herbs and garlic braid, I have written some fun ‘rules’ for our family upon the board:

Laugh often
Dance & have fun
Enjoy the moment
Be kind to others & yourself
Make a positive difference
Dream big & believe

I plan to redo our rules to also include ‘gratefulness is king’, which is a good note to conclude on.  Thankyou to all the good Mother’s of the world – especially mine.

P.S. Our Little One also gave me a gift voucher for Diggers.  Soon I will be buying more heirloom seeds and some fruit trees too.  Giddy up!!!!

Simple Orange Cake that is Gluten and Dairy Free

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My cousin in the foreground, while 'Nanna' and our Little One, lick the icing bowl in the background.

Today will be a sad day.  Today I will be driving my cousin to Sydney airport so she can fly home to Brisbane (my Mum will stay for another couple of weeks).

As a fitting farewell to my beautiful counsin (more like my little sister), I wanted to share her yummy orange cake that she made for us (with her permission of course).

Simple Orange Cake
(Gluten and dairy free)

1 & 1/2 cups self raising, gluten free flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
125 g of dairy free butter (I use Nuttelex)
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 free range eggs
Vanilla
1/4 cup rice milk
Grated rind of 1 orange
1 tablespoon of orange juice

* Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
* Sift flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
* Throw all ingredients into the bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
* Pour into a well greased 20 cm round tin.
* Bake for 30 minutes.
* Allow to cool.  Icing is optional.
* Enjoy with loved ones.

Bye bye Mellie, see you soon.  xox

Nature Verses Nurture and Our Environment

A conversation with a friend, some months back is still on my mind.  It intrigued me.

My friend was adopted by a lovely family when she was little, however they never really shared her interests for growing food and sustainability.  What struck me as fascinating, was her biological father, whom she recently tracked down, was in fact a farmer.

Immediately I started to wonder if more is passed through our DNA than what we think.  It is again a debate of nature verus nurture.  When it came to sustainable pursuits, I believed it was all nurture – all we come into contact with and influenced by, after the womb.

I know many of my readers share my fascination with psychology and in particular how it affects our natural environment – our green psychology.  Up until my conversation with my friend, I have believed our psychology was 100% responsible for our response to the environment.  What if however our genes, passed on from our parents, have a little part to play too.

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The photograph above is of St Nicholas Street in Aberdeen, Scotland.  My Ancestors the Fyfe’s, owned the haberdashery store on the corner.

I have always found it interesting that there is a long line of direct female decedents from the Fyfe’s that were and are exceptional seamstresses – all would have been frequent customers of that haberdashery store. I have always believed that this was due to purely nurture – mother’s teaching their skills onto their daughters.  Now I wonder if maybe mothers passed more onto their daughters – naturally through their DNA?

The world is a wonderous and magical place. 

Food for thought?