simple life



I live in the country. I grow food, make stuff, strive for self sufficiency and a small ecological footprint. Sounds like a simple life (or some nauseating eco-puritan you probably wouldn't take to the pub.)

You know, I like the idea of it. Slow down. Pare away the unnecessaries. Live simply. 

It's a lovely idea. 

But you know what I love? 

I love a friend sitting on my couch (which is in my kitchen) chatting while I throw flour around and we'll stop every now and then to direct children walking through looking for musical instruments and medical dictionaries (in that order.) I'm cobbling together a Bikkie order, thinking about Tilly's birthday party on Saturday and trying to figure out when to host the visitors who we'd like to have stay. 

There's calls about a meat chicken feed order and the vet about the pig's castration on Thursday. I'm shaking my homemade vanilla extract (more on this soon), feeding my sourdough starter and stirring the fermenting pear vinegar while googling how to get rid of the tiny flies settling all over the top of the cheesecloth. It really doesn't look good when you pick up the jar and a cloud of bugs wafts off to somewhere else in the kitchen. You know, it's a fermenting process, I respect that, but Adam has a bit of a thing about drain flies. They've got to go. 

It's all so simple.

Stage one Pear Vinegar:

Cover slighty old and inedible chopped up pears with filtered water. Cover with cheesecloth and leave on a bench, stirring daily, for about four weeks. Or until your drain fly problem is so dire you have to put the jar in the fridge – which obviously halts the fermenting process – until you figure it out. 

Anyone for the pub?




6 Comments on “simple life

Bee Girl (AKA Melissa)
January 11, 2012 at 1:04 am

Ha! I love this post, I love the life, I love the ideals! And, I’d love to raise a glass with you! Cheers!

January 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

I recognize the sentiment! We try and live sustainably here in WA and usually it works. When it works it feels really great, but sometimes you need a break. Hilarious post, I adore your style of writing. Thanks for your time and effort on this blog, it’s my favourite by far!

January 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

Thank you so much Sonja, I appreciate it!

January 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

Is that what the’re called! See if I hadn’t read this post I would never have known. We get them hanging around the scraps bucket in the kitchen when it hasnt been emptied for a couple of days.Looking forward to the process of the pear vinegar. Love your blog its really cool.

January 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I have been trying pear vinegar and apple vinegar. I keep getting mold on top. And now the pears are out of season here in the US. The directions I was following didn’t mention stirring each day so I am guessing that is where I went wrong. I’ll see if I can find some organic pears to purchase and start over. There is such a learning curve to doing all these things from scratch.

On the plus side though, I have a strong sourdough starter going and a batch of bread on the rise even as I type! Can’t wait to try it. So far, bread has been edible fails (not what I was going for but still worth eating). My best sourdough success is pancakes- the crew won’t eat regular pancakes anymore.

Well, enough of that rambling. It’s time for family night anyway.
Blessings to all!

January 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Pear vinegar sounds very intriguing! I have never gotten a sour dough starter going, mine have always gone off. I’m glad to hear that someone is having some success with it!


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