Food & Drinks, Simplify

Early Summer Harvest

The branches of our plum tree are bending from the weight of ripening fruits. Not wanting these to go to waste or possibly causing more damage to the tree, D and I spent a few minutes plucking and harvesting about 20 plums from the fruit-laden plant. This is our first harvest of the fruits. There shall be many more throughout the summer. I will have to freeze some of these, bake several plum cakes, and give the nice ones away.

The green peas are at their end stage of production. Soon, I will be able to remove the dried up plants and make space for other things. Because there is a drought going on, I am reluctant to plant anything that requires too much water. I need to find out more about drought-resistant vegetables and herbs.

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Wild Flowers Patch

In the afternoon, I reduced the wild flower patch for the second time this year. I cleared off the poppies and Love-in-Mist plants which were at the end stages of flowering. They were drying up and turning brown around the pear tree, making it quite unsightly. Tidying up the area now will enable the grass time to slowly grow back during the summer months. At this time of the year, the borage herb and the clover patches shall be the main nectar sources for the local honeybees.

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Green Peas & Strawberries

I have been freezing part of my harvest of strawberries since June. Now at the end of the season, there is a one-litre box of frozen berries all ready for future uses. Daiquiris, jams, pie filling, sangria ingredient, you name it…

This has also been a very good and bountiful year for green peas. I have been harvesting and eating them for weeks. Today, I decided to blanch and freeze a batch of shelled green peas. There is about 500g of frozen green peas in my freezer right now.

Good times!

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Industry & Frugality

The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.
~Benjamin Franklin

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Calming Temperature

It had rained the past two evenings. This resulted in a drop from last weekend’s summer heat to today’s comfortable springlike temperature.

A good time to tidy up the lawn a bit. So armed with a small potato knife and an empty bucket, I cleared the front lawn of unsightly weeds. The sunshine and fresh air also helped in sorting out my thoughts and plans.

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Warmest Day Yet

Temperature is predicted to hit 31°C by this afternoon. It will be the warmest day of the year so far.

What does one do when summer hits you in early June? Wear loose fitting clothes, stay in the shades, drink lots of water and laze about like a lion in the Serengeti.


Water Saving Mode

Because it has not been raining much these passed months, I have turned on my water saving mode since April. Outside of the typical water conserving steps, I am also practising some of my own customised water saving habits:

  • Water I use for rinsing vegetables and fruits is save in an outdoor bucket next to the back door. I then reuse this water for my garden plants.
  • The dishwasher is only turn on when there is a full load of dishes.
  • Laundry is done once a week, on water and energy saving settings.
  • The windows are clean when necessary. I do not have issues with cloudy glass.
  • I sweep the terrace with a broom, and scrub it with a metal brush to remove green growth only when I have an abundance of rainwater reserve.
  • D and I wash the car once a year. We do not care.
Food & Drinks, Health, Simplify

Real Food

D and I went out to buy food this afternoon. We did not go to a grocery store but to three different places to get meat, potatoes, fruit juice, butter, mushroom, and some fruits. All the running around made us both very thirsty so we sat down to have a drink at the Lokaal in Deerlijk after we were done with our grocery.

I spent about €90 for this afternoon’s food purchases. It was not an expensive trade off because my fridge and pantry are now loaded with real food which will last me for weeks. The objective is to cook and eat decent healthy meals so that we do not have to spend our old days paying the doctors’ salaries!