Slow Living – April


Here we are with another month ended and it is time to for a review in the spirit of Slow Living Essentials

I must say that a do feel like a bit of a fraud as there does not seem be anything slow about our lives.

Here are the Slow Living categories:

{Nourish}  We have continued to be very diligent with making our packed lunches every day.  It is now 9 months since I changed my diet to one which is gluten and mostly grain free.  I am feeling much better and as an added bonus have lost 8kg.  My main focus has been ensuring that we do not waste any food.  This makes for some interesting but nourishing meals.  This was made from some leftover bits in the fridge last week.  You can read more about it here

Lunch served

{Green}  We are starting to reap the benefits of SAM – our Solar Air Modules.  It is essentially solar airconditioning and we are using it to very effectively keep the bathroom and bedroom warm and dry.  I can reduce the humidity from 90% to 65% in the matter of a few hours.  You can read more about it here


{Grow}  It is well into autumn but I have still been picking cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.


{Create}  We have made 2 more raised garden beds.

New garden beds

{Discover}  I have made a start on putting all of the family history research into a computer program and getting rid of a pile of paper in the process.  I am discovering new facts and remembering some previous discoveries as I do it.

{Enhance}  I have gifted 2 pairs of boots via Freecycle.


{Enjoy}  I have celebrated my birthday, met a friend for lunch and spent a morning with another friend – morning tea and then window shopping.

Now I am off to check out some of the other slow living blogs.

Til next month………..

13 thoughts on “Slow Living – April

  1. You know, I’ve heard so many people say that they feel better and have lost weight by trying a gluten free diet. I wish my self control was better. I love bread so much, it would be a big decision for me. Congrats on your success.

    • Thank you. 6 months before I started I could never have imagined not eating bread. Once I stopped the craving simply disappeared and because I feel so much better (joint pain has all but disappeared) I cannot consider reverting to my previous eating habits.

  2. I agree with Heidi on the gluten free. I know I always feel so much better when I cut back on grains, not feeling so bloated. Congratulations on your achievement. And a very happy belated birthday to you, too! 🙂

    • We stumbled upon them at a Sustainable House open day a couple of years ago but I don’t think many people have heard of them. There are some amazing renewable energy options available if you know where to look.

  3. My parents ar having their fiftieth anniversary soon and it’s making us nostalgic! Mum and I have been looking through heaps of old photos. I would love to research our family history. It’s great that you’ve worked on doing just that! And I don’t know about solar air conditioning either. Sounds good!

  4. I had not heard about solar air modules before, what a great way to reduce energy costs and have a comfortable home when it’s hot out.

    Happy birthday, I think I missed your birthday while I was without my computer

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