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Starting over

I have virtually stopped all my Internet activities on gardening websites since my son was born in December 2012, and have been gradually getting back into it over the last six months. However, only really the site I visited most pre-2013, which was the Brisbane Local Food. My son is now a toddler, although not ready to be involved in gardening activities other than watering, I would like to get back into more browsing, so in order to help me to remember other websites I frequented, I’m re-tracing my cyper-footsteps!

I remember when I first started growing food, most of the information I found are catered for the Northern hemisphere, and since I was reading English, naturally more specifically, the English speaking part of Northern hemisphere, which means temperate climates. Particularly in books. Which have totally different growing conditions to our subtropical-tropical sunny state in Queensland. So I turned to look for Australian online forums. There were a few good forums I frequented, namely Aussies Living Simply, and the now closed “Ausgarden”, but many posters came from the southern states where it is in the temperate climates as well. I also came across seed companies’ websites with a wealth of information on them, such as Diggers Club, and Green Harvest. The latter was particularly helpful since they’re based in Queensland. I also discovered Annette McFarlane, and Brisbane Organic Growers‘ websites, the former have a number of useful factsheets with relevant information for warm climates (naturally I bought her books, and attended her Council library’s seminars too), and the latter had a very useful growing calendar, and a seasonal task list specific to Brisbane.

I then found Brisbane Local Food, a forum with its members based in Brisbane and surrounds, founded by an ex-horticulturist. What puts this site above the rest other than the relevant content was that the forum was active, questions were answered promptly by its members or the founder at the time, and more importantlay a member started organising regularly garden visits to members’ home gardens, so that we actually get to meet face-to-face, admire and learn from each other’s gardens. That was a few years ago now, this forum have grown and lots have change, but it remains a good source of information and ideas. Another group was later created by one of the members for the Logan area have also developed really well, which I didn’t get around to actively participate before my son came along. Although that might change as I’m trying to get back to Online Garden surfing, and some of their garden visits are actually closer to me than the Brisbane ones ^^

Over the last few years, it appears that growing food has become more common, with more and more books published, and more websites popping up. (I really like the Organic gardener website with its blogs) and maybe even trendy judging from harvest photos posted on Facebook from people whom I’ve never thought would be out there gardening, and also the new food garden at South bank.

This post is getting long, and I’m rambling on now, and yet I haven’t listed all the websites yet! Nevertheless, this list will keep me entertained for a while ~

First try at mei tai making

Mei tai are simple traditional chinese baby carriers.  Mum used to carry us around with one of these and she have asked for one to carry my nephew with. 
So I bought some cotton duck fabrics and made one following a tutorial from. Grumbles and grunts

Overall, I’m happy happy with my first try, and will make one for myself, and an another one with all four straps the same length for my mum.

However, I’ll make the straps two metres and one metre like the author of the tutorial did for the one I’m making for myself.  Also will make the panel smaller.  The top straps should come under the bub’s arm, but the panel on the one I made comes above the shoulders.  Will make one side with a lighter cotton as well, because I found two layers of duck too hot and bulky for Brisbane summer, and too rough to touch ~

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Productive hobbies

A few years ago, don’t remember exactly how many, I’ve had a few beginner’s sewing lessons, and bought a rather exxy (that is, for my standard, I know there are some ridiculously exxy machines out there) sewing machine with a five years warranty. It ended up sitting in the closet collecting dust for the duration of that warranty …..

Since I am now looking after a baby, outdoor under the sun, in the dirt and spider webs’ not such a good idea unless someone can baby sit for me. I needed another productive hobby to keep me sain, so I’ve picked up sewing again.  Not that I have seriously done any sewing before ….

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Message from the garden

Having a baby is a life changing experience, it has stopped many activities I used to do.  Gardening and blogging included.  I used to also sleep with my notebook computer, nowadays, I sleep with a baby, and my mobile, which I run an app to record all the feeding, sleeping, and bowel movement patterns

Being able to sit down in front of a computer is now a luxury! So I am exploring the WordPress mobile app. Although trying to post for the first time with multiple interruptions’ not easy

Anyways, the garden is calling out to me with blooms amongst the overgrown weeds! These peach blossoms were picked yesterday ~

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