“No man is a failure who is enjoying life” – William Feather

We had an excellent Christmas this year, with the kids really having a great time.  I have had some time off from work, allowing me some space to chill and relax, as well as work on some of my projects.  Kitty and I, over the last week, have often been sitting and relaxing… taking in the serenity of our home.  We often tell each other how happy we are here and that this change was the best thing we could have done.

A time to relax and enjoy


I have been able to contribute some food harvested from our property to our Christmas meals.  Additions have included:

  • Cherry Plums
  • Snow Peas
  • Broad Beans
  • Radishes
  • Mushrooms
  • Strawberries
  • Black Currents
  • Various Herbs

All of the produce has received much praise from my family… all except for the Radishes, which it seems I am the only one who likes.  My daughter tries to join me in enjoying them, yet she doesn’t like the taste.  It reminds me of the days when I was a child, following my father around the garden when he came home from work.  In the warm summer days we would eat Radishes and Strawberries while we watered the tomatoes.

Just a small portion of the produce we gathered.


The stems of the mushrooms (which I bought the other week) have been germinating in the jars of coffee grounds in one of my cupboards.  I am really surprised with the impressive growth I have witnessed, with a massive amount of mycelium that has spread in the jar is really promising.  I will possibly give it another week to grow before I will need to go to the next step, which is preparing the growing medium for the mushrooms.  I have a nice, warm and dark place under my veranda that would be perfect for the mushrooms to grow.  I also already have the straw, which I bought weeks ago.  So it won’t be long till I can enjoy delicious, home grown mushrooms.  I should also say, that the mushroom kit that Kitty bought me months ago is still producing mushrooms!  I am getting around a half a dozen a week… not spectacular, yet so much of an improvement on my previous efforts.  It has also paid for itself many times over with the mushrooms I have harvested (and not had to buy).

The jar of mycilium on top of my state of the art VCR


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