local is best

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I wanted to stop by and share a little experience I had yesterday at the Grower’s Market in Blackheath.

Oli and I had almost finished collecting what we needed when we walked past a young man selling his garlic. I had bags in both arms and was trying to keep tabs on OB in a crowd while he was trying to drink his uber large and tasty mango smoothie-thing. Anyway, as I glanced at the seller and considered whether or not it was worth calling to OB to stop, putting down the three large and precariously balanced bags before scrounging around in one of them for my wallet, he smiled at me, “Good Morning, Miss. I picked this batch yesterday, if you’re interested.”

In that tiny little moment I felt as if there was nothing more important than buying a two dollar head of garlic from this man. Yes, I needed garlic but the exchange stayed with me afterward for much deeper reasons. The garlic grower was so genuine and happy for my purchase, albeit for a tiny two dollars. He was warm, friendly and had manners and a smile.

It is little moments such as this that only strengthen my resolve to buy as much as possible locally, from people who believe in what they’re doing and who have knowledge and passion for their product. It was quite strange that I should come across this garlic seller on Sunday because not two days before, Seb was telling me that OB had enquired as to where the garlic came from that they had seen in the supermarket. Seb explained that it had come all the way from Spain and that was why he wasn’t going to buy it. (We had to show OB where Spain was on the globe when they returned home) We had a lengthy and impassioned conversation about how so much is imported and there is are few questions asked around food milage and more environmentally (and economically) sound alternatives.

We were lucky enough to head up the mountain on Sunday to find Blackheath buzzing with locals toting their baskets and recycled shopping bags, ready to fill with locally grown and homemade produce. I honestly did a air fist pump thingo when I realised our luck and I was straight into the action, soaking up the beautiful sun, enjoying the atmosphere and all the while supporting those growers and makers that put heart and soul into their goods and produce. 

I urge you all to do a little research into your local markets or, at the very least, the local green grocer. They care about food and in most cases, they’re supporting a family, too, just like you are. So give the little guy a chance. Ask questions and consider what is best for not only your family but your community, too. I guarantee the shopping experience at a market or your independent grocer will be a pleasant one including a little chat and some sun, far better than one of those bloody self serve checkout stations that requires the one staff member manning the eight machines to re enter their staff code after every purchase just because you want to use your OWN FREAKING BAG! Sorry about that. You get my drift.

Let’s raise the little guy up and snub the big chains. Where you spend your money makes a bigger difference than you may first think.

Peace and garlic.

E.x

Bits and Pieces

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How we look when on an historic steam train ride, yo!

I have been a busy bee recently and I am loving it! I have been trying lots of new recipes, hunting through secondhand shops and being an awesome homebody. The last one is something I’m working on and I have to say that I think I’m making progress.

A big part of my focus this week has, again, been on simplifying and appreciating the little things. I managed to visit a dear friend of mine from primary school that I haven’t seen face to face in years. I also had the pleasure of meeting her girlfriend for the first time. OB and I had the most relaxing and fun afternoon with the girls, playing in the local park, taking a stroll and making lunch together. These simple activities, when done with people who mean a lot to you, all of a sudden become something special and note (blog) worthy.

Seb made an exciting purchase at an auction way out west over the weekend. He bought two beautiful, old wagons that are going to be pulled along by his steam roller (of course!). They are big, made of wood and steel and Seb believes them to be an integral part of his ‘Steam Empire’ that, apparently, he is building. Ha! What a weirdo. 🙂 His quirks are what I especially love.

OB just loves all of Seb’s train and steam related ‘toys’. They bond over it and it’s very cute. I have purchase an annual pass to the local steam train ride/museum located in Seb’s hometown. Now, whenever OB wants to go on a quick steam engine ride or peruse the many aisles of historic railway carriages and locomotives, we can! It wasn’t particularly expensive and I know that we will definitely made good use of it. They also have beautiful picnic spots and a glorious park. I envisage many mornings spent walking up to the museum with a packed morning tea of homemade treats, brushing up on our railway history, eating our spoils and playing in the park before strolling home again. Sounds tough, doesn’t it?

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Getting informed and fired up, People!

In unrelated news, I have given up on the fiction book I was reading in favour of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. Far more my style of writing and definitely my kind of subject. I’m only 30 odd pages in and I’m hooked. That’s where I’m going as soon as I finish typing here. I’m a little embarrassed that I haven’t already read it but better late than never, I guess?!

The op shops have served me well recently and OB’s winter wardrobe is shaping up nicely. I unfortunately missed out on a gorgeous hand knitted, maroon jumper with a train pattern across the front due to a lack of small change. However, in the same trip I did find him some ‘never worn’ winter slippers with proper soles for $1 and I scored a beautiful vintage striped dress for $8. It will be perfect for layering when the cooler weather finally graces up with its presence. My goal is to only buy secondhand for the winter season for OB. I definitely think it’s achievable. I’m keeping a running tally of how much I have spent so I can report back here and hopefully inspire some readers to consider buying more secondhand and therefor reduce the demand on mass produced items and encourage the support of charity clothing stores. Stay tuned for an update on that!

As an extension of that, I have decided to try my hand at making OB’s winter pyjamas. I’m keeping my eye out for cheap and cute flannelette material. I have a few projects for my own wardrobe but I’m going to start with our winter pyjamas to brush up on my skills.

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New vintage find and really good coffee!

Recent adventures have included another coffee trip to the viaduct in Picton with my love as well as quite a few different and local parks with OB. We have had A LOT of rain here recently which kept us holed up inside for many a day. We popped open the craft box and got our glue on! Baking and cooking has also kept me occupied and OB has been getting involved wherever he can. Pouring is apparently his ‘thing’, so he has told me.

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The best bit. As if you don’t do this, too.

I have a couple of projects that I’m keen to try and I will keep you in the loop with their progress. One involves large pieces of wood and the other pom poms. As you can tell, I like LOTS of different mediums when it comes to creating and I think it’s what keeps me interested.

I’d love to know what you’re planning for the cooler months. Sewing, soups, adventures, goals?

Peace.

E.x