I'm a rather behind blogger. I've been busy making things in time for Melbourne's Sustainable Living Festival
where Green Renters is having a stall as part of the big weekend and running our life-sized board games (assuming they are finished in time) Rentopology
and Sneaks and Ladders
. We also have a stencil artist 'in residence' in our stall so people can bring along their calico bags, t shirts or other items and get them stenciled with a new design!
Chris dug up some fresh veggies this afternoon all set for making potato and beetroot mash. I love beetroot! Roast, boiled or eaten raw. Mashed with potato and Nuttlex and served with hot mustard, homemade capsicum and soy sausages, it's a definite treat.
I started Weight Watchers on Friday. I'm not a big fan really of some of the concepts but I do need to lose at lease 20 kilos to be anywhere away from morbidly obese. You get given a certain number of points each day and a massive list of foods and their points. Fruit and most vegetables are zero points. It seems odd though that two Ryvita (what I would consider diet food) is 2 point whilst a Tim Tam is only three by comparison. But I'm doing it more for the accountability of a weekly weigh in to try and keep me on track. My relationship with food is not exactly functional after 20 years of bulimia but I don't want to be this size a year from now. On a pragmatic level, most of my clothes don't fit well and I can't afford new ones. I'm also trying very hard not to drink as I know that's where a lot of my calories come from. I also feel once I start to lose some weight I'll have more energy and be able to exercise more easily without feeling like I'm going to die. I also myself a lot due to my weight which creates a self perpetuating cycle and I drink/eat more... We were filmed for a short film doco competition the other day and i look simply massive, all double chin, definitely good incentive to lose weight.
We have loads of herbs in the garden at the moment: rosemary, parsley, basil, vietnamese mint, culinary mint, oregano and thyme. I put bags full out the front with a 'help yourself' sign at regular intervals.
We're also enjoying a bumper crop of strawberries on our breakfast cereal this season. Nothing like homemade produce! We've three Green Renters workshops coming up on making jams and preserves
, one of which is booked out already. I'm looking forward to them to demonstrate that preserving is possible even in small spaces without a Fowler kit.
I've also a couple more skincare
and bath products
workshops coming up. They'll be held at Ross House, in Flinder Lane, Melbourne city and cost $50 full/$30 concession. I've done several practice rounds of each workshop now and tweaked a couple of recipes, bought extra equipment and I feel I've got them nicely polished. All materials and recipes included in each workshop and the ingredients are all vegan.If you know anyone who might be interested in attending, please spread the word, I've left promotion to the last minute as usual...
Here's a cute pic of Chris with Mr Pablo, our 15 year old cat. We adopted him last year and he's surprisingly spritely for an older gentleman!