• Lara Flanagan

Day 24 - 360 days

Day 24 – Wednesday 27th January 2021

Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 66.5 kg – 4.3 kilos in 24 days

Calories: Under 1200 calories

Alcohol: none (day 24 of 24)

Exercise: 60-minute walk. 23-minute yoga. 22-minute yoga. 32-minute yoga.

Archie and Rissie were back at school today and I got a few extra hours back. They are growing up far too quickly for my liking and my heart fluttered in a way I did not like when I dropped them off at the bus and saw how tall they both are. I wish life would slow down a little.

You don’t have to be good at everything.

A 360-days musing......

I am not sure if it is the way that the modern human being is wired or the curated images and lives that we now see on social media, but often there is the misconception that you should be able to do everything. We proclaim loudly and clearly how busy we are, just as we share with the world how brilliant our kids are and what great social lives we have. We even boast about what bad (but oh so cool) parents we are. Think the shot of the takeaway coffee as bad but cool mum arrives late to little Johnny’s soccer training, #badmummoment.

I have always wanted to grow my own vegetables. It is something that everyone else seems to be able to do. Think the lush harvest basket shots of zucchinis and pumpkins. Think of that perfect mum in her impeccable straw hat and spotless floaty dress (wtf) picking tomatoes in dappled sunshine. Last year I attempted to grow my own vegetables and there were no straw hats and floaty spotless dresses to be seen.

I started off brilliantly in that I built my own garden beds. I used old big railway type logs to be the edges and I kept my chicken seed bags to line the grass to prevent the weeds from growing. I got bags and bags of soil and I planted tomatoes, celery, potatoes, beans, peas, and broccoli.

This has been a 12-month process and recently I received my water bill which had gone up in a way that was shocking. We were drought-stricken prior to last year, and my increased water usage made me want to cry. As for the dollar element, that just made me cringe. At the end of 12-months, I have three surviving celery plants, some very strange broccoli, several tomato plants that are yielding occasionally edible tomatoes, and some weirdo potatoes. The freezer has 7 bags of passata in it and we have a small bowl of some very strange looking potatoes. Most of which had already sprouted, so I am not sure if they are edible or not.

Two days ago, a friend messaged me and asked me if I had heard of the packing shed in Ballandean. Apparently, you could get a big box of freshly picked tomatoes for $10. That message reminded me that you don’t have to be good at everything. I would rather spend $10 on a box of tomatoes while supporting local producers without wasting water and spending a small bloody fortune on my own backyard tomatoes.

I am going to finish off my tomatoes and see what happens with the weirdo broccoli. I will keep my mint that grows in one garden bed, the old bathtub, and the old oven. I can’t seem to kill it and it smells divine. As for the rest of my big beds, I am going to clean them up and possibly plant natives or jasmine. Something that the drought can’t kill and that will survive on our shower water or none at all. I will keep two buckets for herbs.

It has been a 12-month education and I gave it my best shot. It is so lovely to remember that we don’t have to be good at everything. Growing vegetables is just not for me. I would rather plant things that will grow and take little of my time and water while shopping locally for my fruit and veg!

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