SUMMER-AUTUMN 2016

“EVERYTHING BECOMES SIMPLE WHEN YOU IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE. LIFE’S COMPLICATIONS MELT AWAY, LEAVING ONLY THE TRUTH OF THE PRESENT MOMENT AND THE PRESENSE OF WHAT I CALL GOD. IN THIS PLACE WE CAN SEE OURSELVES REFLECTED IN EVERY LIVING THING, EVERY GUST OF WIND, EVERY SPLASH OF RAIN, AND HERE WE CAN FIND PEACE. THIS IS OUR TRUE HOME”

Mary Reynolds, “The garden awakening”

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“PERFECT HOUSEWIFE”

A strong wind of catastrophe blew through our kitchen last night when I decided to be “a perfect housewife” and make my own washing up liquid. I checked my cupboards – its ok, I have got everything that I need for cleaning: bicarb, vinegar, citric acid, fresh lemon, natural soap…
Next step – checking what dear internet has to say about eco, DIY washing-up liquids. And it was the main reason of my catastrophe…
It looks that some people on their websites or blogs only “copy” and “paste” DIY ideas without checking them. I decided to follow the recipe which appears on about 10 sites. Main ingredients – water, salt, lemon juice, vinegar. After 10 min. cooking I should get thick (?) liquid ready for cleaning my dishes. Of course it did not work! After 1 hour I was nearly to colapse, I was swearing and sweating, checking again on-line recipe..
To help myself I took a short break and made very easy DIY deodorant /bicarb and coconut oil/.
I was ready to come back to my “washing-up liquid” project. But this time I decided to trust more my intuition, not to be such a perfect housewife and not to believe to the end next on-line recipe. I mixed: hot water /less than 1 l. more than 0,5l./, grated natural soap /half of handful/, 2 spoons of vinegar, 1 spoon of bicarb and lemon juice. And it worked!!!
All our dishes are clean today and deodorant with extra verbena essential oil works very well all day!

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TIME FOR MUSHROOM HUNTING!

We live in an area where there are many forests full of edible mushrooms and at this time of year even more mushroom hunters. Everyone has their own secret place and they are not going to tell anyone else where it is in the forest.

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Of course we have our secret places as well, which we have visited very often over the last days. Today we calculated our average speed of collecting mushrooms – it is one mushroom/one person/2 minutes! I do not add our dog to this statistic.

After three days of very good hunting we have our kitchen full of mushroom chains drying over the stove, and an amazing smell through all the house. There is enough for polish pierogi and mushroom soup for Christmas.

I hope you enjoy good mushroom hunting in your area as well!

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