Missing Pieces

The problem with leaving a blog unattended for such long periods of time is that so much journey takes place in that time, that the regular reader is left with pieces missing from the story. 

I know it would be impossible for me to relate everything that has happened in my life since last I typed input into these pages, and I feel a pang of regret about it, but there it is. I’ve lived, I have learned, I have grown… I have gained insights into myself and what makes me tock…yes, I definitely tock whereas others tick, and I am happy with that. I know I am a missfit and I embrace that.

I no longer have the urban farm, I no longer grow things in the garden and the chickens I kept have gone as well. I now have a pet guinea pig named Podric. I am studying for a diploma in counselling and my life feels full and I am contented.

I no longer define myself as a part of a couple. I am single, but far from alone and rarely lonely.

I have found connectedness in a network of friends and family and fellow students who all help in their own ways to tether me, albeit loosely to the world of sanity. I have found the medication that helps me to keep my thoughts in order and slow enough that I can follow a thought to its conclusion. That was such a novel concept to me when it first occurred and remains one of the best things which has happened to me in recent times. I am still in awe of it, and still terrified that it might suddenly be lost again!

I am content. I sometimes feel serene. I have discovered that Mania need not be my default state and I am getting used to that…slowly.

I will try and write more often in my blog. I will try and give you my pieces.

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Getting my hands dirty

Today, for the first time in months I got my hands dirty in the garden again. We had planted some purple climbing beans and three of them had come up. One very strong, one intermediate and one a little behind the others, we planted out the stronger ones and It felt so good to be nurturing a growing thing again. I didn’t realise how much I missed gardening, and tending to a few little plants. I was so absorbed in the process though, I didn’t take any photographs, but I will take some once I get completely moved in.

Emily, my housemate has done most of the work up til now but I am looking forward to getting my hands back into the soil again very soon. So far we have

  • Kale
  • Chinese vegetables
  • Cabbages
  • Spring onions
  • Purple climbing king beans
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuces

Once I move in, I plan to plant pumpkin seeds and then as the seasons progress, strawberries and tomatoes, dwarf peas, cucumber, zucchini and capsicums.

Feeling the warm, living soil on my hands today I experienced a renewed connection with mother Gaia.

It was a healing moment.

Healthy Vegetable Lasagne

English: A butternut pumpkin Svenska: Butternu...

English: A butternut pumpkin Svenska: Butternutpumpa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A low fat, high fiber alternative using roasted pumpkin with cinnamon in place of bechamel sauce.

Healthy Vegetable Lasagne

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

¼ of a blue or ½ a butternut pumpkin, deseeded, skin on and thinly sliced

1 zucchini halved lengthwise and sliced

1 onion finely diced

1-2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

½ a 200g can of cannellini beans drained

120g can of champignon pieces and stems

½ jar of Napolitana sauce

Dash of cinnamon

Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Lasagne sheets

Olive Oil Spray

Low fat grated cheese and a dash of Parmesan

Lightly spray an oven tray with olive oil and arrange sliced pumpkin in a single layer. Spray with more olive oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake on middle rack of oven until just tender. (this will take the place of Bechemel sauce)

While pumpkin is roasting spray a saucepan with olive oil and lightly fry onion and garlic until tender. Add Zucchini and fry a further 2-3 minutes add cannellini beans, champignons, Napolitana sauce and season to taste with sea salt and cracked pepper. Lower heat and simmer until pumpkin is done.

Assembly

Arrange pumpkin slices in the bottom of a greased baking dish. Place lasagne sheets over the top of the pumpkin slices. Add a large spoonful of the vegetable sauce. Continue in layers until all of the sauce, and pumpkin has been used, ending with a layer of sauce. Sprinkle grated cheese and parmesan over the top.

Bake in the middle of the oven until the cheese is melted and golden and pasta sheets are soft. (approximately 20 minutes)

Serve with garden salad or crusty bread for dipping

 

Calories Total    1,024

Cal Per Serve       256

Fat Total                19g

Fat Per Serve         5g

Protein Total         38g

Protein p/serve    10g

Fibre total             26g

Fibre p/serve          7g

 

A Dozen Homemade Organic Garden Remedies

Hope Gardens

12 home remedies

Veggie gardens need special care. Vegetable plants are prone to all sorts of disease and fungus. They are highly sought after by pests both big and teeny teeny tiny. A slight negative change in their environment can cause them to stop producing. And we aren’t happy when our veggie garden is just limping along…we want it to thrive!

We also expect our vegetables to be nutritious and safe to eat; and as if that’s not enough, we demand our gardens be harmonious, attractive and a boon to their environment.

This is a lot to ask of our humble garden, but it can be accomplished! Generations of our ancestors have done it, and they’ve done it with less. Maybe we should follow their lead…

You can do it with less by using homemade natural remedies to treat pests and disease. With readily available ingredients, fertilizers too can be mixed up right…

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Reblogged: We got Australian canned tuna brands to end destructive fishing

Tuna - featureA can of tuna might be small in size, but Australians consume a whopping 250 million a year. The thing is, John West, Coles and other brands don’t actually catch their own fish. Like many brands, they buy from Thai canneries supplied by huge fishing fleets in the Pacific. By shifting the Australian market, we have had a major impact on the way these fleets fish. And that in turn makes a big difference for our oceans and the millions of people in the Pacific who rely on them for food and employment.

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