The other day, we almost bought a camping cupboard for $70 at Ray's Outdoors. Crazy to think we wouldn't even spend that much money on a cupboard we'd use every day at home. Luckily, we changed our minds and haven't really thought about such luxuries since. This morning I woke up with the idea of using one of the cardboard boxes from our new sound system purchase (priorities!) to make a recycled, collapsible cardboard cupboard for our camping trip. After the 6 weeks we can either put it into the recycling bin or into our compost heap. Sometimes I amaze even myself. Here's my step by step....
Day 4 of the great sprout experiment. Being optimistic on my first day, I had put the fennel and mustard seeds in with the fenugreek. We are now eating the fenugreek sprouts, having to shake off the other seeds. The sprouts have a very distinct aniseed flavour, which is ok. The beans went slimy so I threw them into the compost. Only a few of the red lentils have sprouted and I'm not holding much hope or them. Now I'm going to do just fenugreek on their own.... we have a winner!
The biggest concern about camping for a long period of time is what to take. There are certain things we just can't live without, like toothpaste and food. We can't take everything, as much as I'd love to, so I'm going in with a permaculture/reduce, reuse, recycle approach to packing. The questions I ask myself are: Can I utilise this (thing) in more than one way? If not, how often will this (thing) be used? What wastage is going to come from taking this (thing)? Can I utilize the waste in some other way? Ahhh! Who a I kidding? I like to be comfortable (in below minus temps), I like stuff, I love food and I'm quite fond of the odd Bloody Mary. If it fits in the van
Work has been delayed a few days so the sprouting experiment continues at home. So far, the fenugreek is looking good, the mustard is a no goer and the red lentils and beans are trying really hard to break free of their outer layers. Tony from The Good Seed Group (facebook) gave me some really good info, which I've put below.
Looks like we'll be staying at the Warrumbungle NP campgrounds, which has 32 powered sites. Awesome! It's quite hard to pack lightly when thinking of 6 weeks of living and especially knowing we have access to electricity. If I was really crazy, I'd be taking the slow cooker and bar fridge too. Very excited! Just want to jump in the van and go now but there's no point in paying extra for camping if we're not there working
In the vege garden, the beds of coriander, rocket and broccoli were coming along nicely and I was looking forward to a nice little glut when we returned home.... however! We had a couple of windy days, the gate to the vege patch blew open and those damned chooks of mine got in and dug the whole lot up. Sooooo angry! Ok, not so much angry but I am disappointed.
In a couple of days, hubby Dan and I will be heading out to Coonabarabran for 6 weeks. We'll be working - planting thousands of acres with Mallee Pine seedlings using a shovel and a whole lot of gusto. I was looking for a fruit picking job to tie us over cash-wise because painting work is pretty slow for us at the moment and I found this great company who plants trees for well, whatever the reason (I'll let you know as soon as I find out), it feels right: Hibbens Plantation Establishment.
Camping in below zero temperatures (eep!) is going to be a challenge and we're hoping to at least have the option of paying a couple of bucks extra for a powered site in the Warrumbungle National Park Campground. Seriously, I hate the cold! My electric blanket and a little heater is going to make all the difference in the world to 1. my sanity, 2. my relationship with my husband and 3. my ability to get warm.
The lack of greens to eat is a concern. I'll be taking jars and what not for sprouting on the dash board of the car while we are at work. I have a supply of seeds from my own garden: red onion, mustard, fenugreek, broccoli, beans and fennel. I read somewhere that you can sprout the dried split peas used for soup and also lentils, which I have in the pantry so will give it a go.
We will be out of internet and phone range but I will keep a diary, take lots of photos and update this blog when we get back to civilization.
Always up for a good yarn...