I have spent the last 30 years in the corporate world. Now it is time to follow my passions of gardening and cooking. I want to make as much of what we eat myself, eating as little processed food as possible. This blog will document my journey. My other passion is cookbooks which will be self-evident if you accompany me on this journey. I live with my partner, Maus, and three Bichons, Maggie, Lily and Jules. We alternate between Perth and the south west of Western Australia.
Update – September 2016
I have been meaning to update my “About” page for ages. The main reason it needs updating is my three beautiful dogs have all died. When you have dogs, people remind you they are not children but … they were our children and we miss them so. We are comforted by the fact that all three reached their life expectancy and we gave each of them the best life a little dog could have.
Also, since writing my “About” page, I have become a little ‘over’ cookbooks. There are only so many recipes a person needs. I now tend to only buy them if I am on holidays (one is a little freer with their money when they are on holidays), I consider it to be very special or I have found it at an Op Shop (Charity Shop).
My new passion is soap making. It is a wonderful hobby for people who like to make things. If you like to cook and are a little bit artistic, soaping could be for you. The trouble is, it is very addictive. You end up with much too much soap. At first, I wanted the soap I made to be attractive enough to give away to friends and relatives. Then I wanted it to be attractive enough to give as gifts and then good enough to sell. I think I have reached that point. I just wish I had time to make more, more, more. This is a journey typical of most soap makers. If you are interested in checking out my soap, click on the menu button ‘Soap for Sale’.
If you are wondering why we are so busy, it is because we have two houses to maintain and one is on seven acres. We also have lots of hobbies and interests. Maus is an avid woodworker – anything made of wood you see on this blog has been made by Maus. Many years ago, I told someone that one of Maus’ hobbies was checking out supermarket catalogues. She still loves to find a bargain, although we are off supermarkets in a big way so this hobby takes up much less of her time.
I love to potter in my vegie patch or check out my beautiful roses and clivias. I also spend an inordinate amount of time on the computer. I like to take photos and play with them on Photoshop Elements and I have spent more hours than I would like to admit, putting my music collection into iTunes and organising it. It is all done now.
We are still trying to eat as little processed food as possible. We have done remarkably well in that regard. There are, virtually, no tins of this and jars of that in our pantry. I don’t consider what is on supermarket shelves to be food. Rather, it is manufactured food products. I am very strongly against the supermarket mentality and we try to avoid our big two where ever possible. I get so angry when I go into them and the only brands they sell are their own. In my opinion, they have done a lot of harm to the food industry in Australia.
We are trying to work out where we want to live. We think it is in our country house so we are trying to find a flat to use as a city pad.
Now we don’t have any furry friends to worry about, we will probably travel a bit more, although travelling is not a huge priority for either of us. However, we do love the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. They are both sure to be on the agenda next year. I also like the idea of finding a concert of one of my favourite artists and incorporating that concert into a holiday.
Otherwise, it will be life as normal.
I hope you enjoy my blog. If you would like to contact me, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org