The past few weeks I've had this niggly feeling every time I've eaten meat, I never used to eat a lot of it anyway, but lately it seems to be all I'm eating. It really is too much.
So I've made the decision to cut meat out of my diet for a while, I'm not saying I'm going to be perfect, I love Salmon & Chicken. I'm destined to fall to me knees in front of a Salmon and herb bagel. It will happen, and that is fine really. It is. As long as I know I'm making a difference to my children's view on food. It's grown with hard work, love and care. We can all enjoy the fruits of this project. I'll be using these things in our cooking lessons & a little bit of biology from the Eldests home ed.
So today I decided that instead of always having to buy certain vegetables and herbs, I'll put my balcony space to good use.
- Coriander, from seed
- Basil, from seed
- Plum Tomatoes (poundland kit)
- Cayenne Chillies (The Works £1.99 - everything included)
- Pumpkins, from seed
- Echinacea, from bulb
- Thyme, Parsley, Basil (The Works £1.99 - everything included)
- Mixed Lettuce, from seeded pad
- Kal, from seed
- 3 Ivy plants (repotted)
- Sage, Mint, Rosemary, Marjoram - (Pre-planted, ready to use, Morrisons)
- Blackcurrant, from cutting
There are a bit extra of things like Basil because I use it a lot in cooking, it's a versatile little gem.
Some are currently in little pots germinating, some are allowed to be thrown into a pot and let loose on the balcony. I'm really excited about this project. I even have a sunflower watering can.
There is another reason I want to do this, I've been feeling like an over consumer more and more. I wrote a post a while back about Thrive. However since then Sian To from Geekisnewchic, Mummytips & Cybher has been posting some just heartbreaking things, if you are on twitter you probably saw #ShareNiger being posted a lot. I recommend you look at it all. No words I say now will come close to what you will read and see. I can't urge you enough.
Watching footage that shows a family having just 4 packets of baby food to live on, while sitting in your nice comfy house and consuming a huge amount of food starts to change your perspective. So I'm trying to make a personal change, a small step in the direction of consuming less. I know by me consuming less and growing more of my own things I can't change things for them, but I can instill in my own children how lucky they really are and encourage them to want to make changes if they can when they are older.