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Doing the Sustainability in the Chaos

26 Jul

With a large contract to work on, blogging has taken a back seat over the past few weeks. It’s also been school holidays, and the entire family came down with the cold and spew bugs in the same week. Messy.

What is interesting is how all the little sustainability projects I’ve been experimenting with have helped me get through the busy times.

The apple cider vinegar drinks helped clear our noses.

The seeds on the mantelpiece and in the cold frame have been germinating well, left to their own devices and squirts of water – giving me a little thrill to look at every time I walked past them on the porch.

Aloe vera masks with a drop of lavender oil helped my stressed skin.

My hand scrub (plus I used it on my feet) was a lovely pamper treat tonight at the end of a very crazy (but successful) work week.

It took no time at all the clean the bath and microwave, and do a quick dusting session with my sustainable solutions. These were chores I had very little time to do.

Homemade greek yoghurt with a teaspoon of homemade lemon curd stirred through has become my fast, easy and deliciously tangy breakfast.

These busy times are when I thought I’d drop the ball on being a Sustainable Wench, but I’m happy to realise that I’ve set some positive habits for myself.  Didn’t stop me from spending the money and treating ourselves to fish and chips tonight however.


Snow Prep

18 Jun

Apparently it’s going to snow lots over the next few days. Christchurch as a city gets a bit panicky in the snow. We’ve had snow in the city every winter for the past few years – not a whole lot – but it’s still a big novelty. Most things shut down. Which must be hugely entertaining for the Canadians I think.

I thought it best to get the garden ready this afternoon. The thing about gardening though, is that weather happens. You can only do so much to help the plants. Sometimes they die. That’s life.  My task list was pretty small:

  • stake all the large broadbeans (a couple of months ago it snowed and they got hammered). They look a bit wonky in the pic below. That’s because I ran out of tights to tie them up. I will have cold legs.
  • pick all the ripe limes, lemons and mandarins
  • tuck the seedlings away in their house
  • put the shovel and secateurs close to the garage entrance
  • admire my winter garden while it still looks good . . . because next week it may all be under water
  • open the doors of the house to give it a big dose of fresh air before we hunker down


What’s quite good about this Sustainability Wench bizzo, is that if the shops shut, I can:

The hardest bit will be keeping the small fry entertained.

Lemony Mothers’ Day

12 May

I had a special breakfast in bed for Mothers’ Day this morning, but this did mean making the topping for my toast late last night in preparation.

A neighbour gave me some beautiful real back-garden lemons, which calls for lemon curd, or lemon honey as my Gran used to call it. I don’t faff around with a double boiler or separating the eggs. As long as you keep an eye on it, there are no issues with this.

  • Put 250g sugar (I put in a cup), 60g butter, zest and juice of 2-3 lemons into a saucepan.  Melt everything together on a low heat until the sugar has melted.
  • Beat 2 eggs and stir them in slowly and gently. Turn up the heat a bit and cook the mixture until it thickens, stirring pretty much constantly. This bit doesn’t take long. Sometimes I get teeny bits of egg white in it (maybe 4-5). Just spoon them out. Remove it from the heat and store it in clean jars. It usually fills 1.5 medium sized jars. It will keep for two to three weeks in the fridge.

Lemon curd on wholegrain toast with a black coffee was a great start to Mothers’ Day. The kids remained quiet and cute too.