How to really grow food in your backyard Here I share with you the secrets that have transformed me from a gardener with a not-very-productive vegie patch, to growing most of my family's fruit and veg.
Traditional Foods My health has dramatically improved after changing my diet for a more traditional way of eating, as advised by Sally Fallon.
Food Flower Poster Forget the food pyramid! It was developed by the agricultural industry, not by nutritionists. Instead, print this Food Flower poster, which shows a visual guide to choosing nutritious and satisfying traditional foods.
We're on the road again - this time to Newcastle and Gosford. Actually we've hardly touched home since I last wrote on my blog - we've done shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Warragul, Geelong and Pakenham as well as on this current tour.
I'm definitely getting the hang of this and I've got my packing down pat. I have what is basically a giant handbag, in which I keep everything I need, both to entertain myself and remain healthy. It's got my computer, a book to read, a folder of work papers, a pencil case and my journal, a toilet bag with my nightie and some spare underwear, and a bottle of beetroot kvass. With this bag I can go anywhere for any length of time. I bring it to the theatre, and it only takes a minute to pack it at the hotel, whether we're going for the day or moving on to a new destination.
Then I've got my lunch bag, a little insulated package which holds all the food I need for the day - bottles of cultured milk, kimchi, homemade energy snacks, fruit, and a decent-sized meal too. I bring my own cutlery and have cut down a tiny chopping board to slip inside my pack along with a sharp knife. This way I can make myself breakfast, chop up fruit and salad, and make sandwiches anywhere. It might sound excessive but when there's four of us in a motel room that provides no facilities, it ends up that we all take turns to eat breakfast, using the one spoon I brought.
I like the life. I get a feeling of calm descend over me as I sit in front of the mirror, twist my hair into the impossibly complicated chignon required for my character, Gertrude Grimstone, and apply my make up. I enjoy chatting with Paula between shows, and hanging out with her in the dressing room. I like having a good stretch each day, and I really love having a chat with people from the audience after the show. It gives me a real lift to see how many of them are touched, or even blown away, by our little show.
We meet such interesting people too - sometimes the techs or front of house staff tell us amazing stories about their lives, and other times it's those in the audiences who tell us their dreams and inspire us. We've met some other homeschooling families on this tour and their kids are so lovely and easy to relate to that it's very inspiring for our own homeschool journey.