Homemaking with an Aussie, Pagan flair

Be sad…and then be angry. — June 15, 2016

Be sad…and then be angry.

bay witch musings

I was checking the news on my phone and watering my plants on the balcony when I read about the shooting in Orlando Sunday morning.  I had to tell the Hubby since he usually avoids the news on the weekend, and then we had to figure out how to tell the kids in a way that they might understand.

In a way, it’s a bit abstract–we are a middle class, straight-looking, cis-gendered, privileged  white family (mom, dad, son, daughter, dog, and three cats).  We don’t know anyone in Orlando, though we live just a few hours away since moving.  We have gay friends and we donate money to the HRC every year, but otherwise, we are fairly lazy occasional protesters/supporters (depending on the event) of LGBT issues.

But for 49 families (whether they are families by blood or by love), this is is not abstract. This is nothing short of heartbreaking.

And as…

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Kitchen Culture – FOUND! — January 17, 2016

Kitchen Culture – FOUND!

I said I lost this post… I just found it – AS A PAGE! So copy pasted and sorted out.

And yes, we still kefir daily!


Hubby has been wanting to make sauerkraut ever since we were in Europe (and even before). Then he piped up one day saying he wanted to use kefir to start his fermenting process.

Now I had heard of kefir, a colleague at work does it, and so followed the process of googling…

Anyway we made kefir! Looky looky!


Kefir grains


New batch just put on


Kefir second fermenting with lemon


Kefir ready to drink!

Pretty much we put some milk in the Kefir grains we got from a friend and left it on the bench. We actually left this batch (our first) for like 2 days… It was surprisingly carbonated and almost alcoholic! Otherwise it tasted like thin yoghurt. I poured the kefir milk into a new jar and added the lemon peel. Hubby will drink this tomorrow morning and let me know how it goes! And of course I left a little bit out to try.

Hubby goes south for work for a week tomorrow, so I’ve bought the kefir back north with me. My plan at the moment is to ferment the milk I added this morning, and tomorrow start a second batch, and the first one second fermenting in some lemon peel. Then from Tuesday I should have delicious lemony kefir to drink in the morning!

Also today I pulled my first radishes from the garden, check them out! 😀


Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence — December 13, 2015

Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence

The Belle Jar


I am six. My babysitter’s son, who is five but a whole head taller than me, likes to show me his penis. He does it when his mother isn’t looking. One time when I tell him not to, he holds me down and puts penis on my arm. I bite his shoulder, hard. He starts crying, pulls up his pants and runs upstairs to tell his mother that I bit him. I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone about the penis part, so they all just think I bit him for no reason.

I get in trouble first at the babysitter’s house, then later at home.

The next time the babysitter’s son tries to show me his penis, I don’t fight back because I don’t want to get in trouble.

One day I tell the babysitter what her son does, she tells me that he’s just a little boy, he doesn’t know…

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Maxim Monday: Make just judgements (Κρινε δικαια) — November 30, 2015

Maxim Monday: Make just judgements (Κρινε δικαια)

bay witch musings

I don’t expect Heathens to apologize for the actions of their racist minority, Southern Baptists to apologize for the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church, or Catholics to apologize for pedo priests.  It should then follow that I don’t except Muslims to apologize for the actions of their tiny radicalized minority that does violence either.
Terrorism that uses religion as its excuse is not the responsibility of the rest of its followers that live peacefully and faithfully.  It is the responsibility of those that fall into its trap, period.  Yes, we can sit here and talk about the millions of possibly contributory variables (variables that don’t cause other people to do the same thing), but at the end of the day, the decision to cause unprovoked harm against families having dinner or going to a show, at their place of work or worship, is a choice.
Personally, I’m good with not justifying…

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Serving the Elements: Learning About Your Bioregion — July 3, 2015

Serving the Elements: Learning About Your Bioregion

Something I would like to do, sit down and research the answers to all these questions… one day!

bay witch musings

Everywhere we go, the elements of life, of magic, are present.  Long before we had microscopes and models of the atom, the ancients of many cultures distilled the world down to what they felt were its most essential components.  For the (pre-Aristotle) Greeks, this was Air, Earth, Water, and Fire (Aristotle added aether, or spirit).   While we now know that the elements aren’t scientifically accurate constructs, they are still enormously useful tools for separating out the different aspects of ourselves and our environment.  This is particularly true when it comes to learning more about our bioregion.

How much do you really know about where you live?

Getting to know Water: What watershed do you live in? How much area does it cover? Where does your watershed start? Where does it end? How much precipitation do you get where you live? What time of year gets the most precipitation? What wildlife lives in…

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Blogging — May 20, 2015


I need to make a commitment to blog a certain number of times a week, or else it won’t happen. I’m struggling to make time for it atm… workout, eat, work, eat, workout, sleep, repeat…

Whats a good number of blog entries a week do you think?

Back to the gym — May 18, 2015

Back to the gym

I’ve officially signed up for a 6 week challenge with Sarah Davis and this week is prep week!

I did the 12 week last time, which is a completely custom program and it was AMAZING. But I struggled to stick to it as well as I wanted to in the final 6 weeks (fell of the wagon twice :?). First 6 weeks were amazing. I managed nearly all my weight, cm and body fat loss in the first 6 week, second 6 not so much.

So this time I’m doing a 6 week. I know what I’m capable of in this time period so smashing time!!

It’s not a custom program this time, but I already have 3 other programs that are custom i can supplement with if I’m not happy lol.

So this week is prep week, the week to sort out your eating plan… but I’m keeping my old one  (didn’t go for the rediet, will need one once I’m pregnant anyway).

So I went to the gym today… see if i cant turn 6 weeks into 7!

And shiiiiit.

I’m in agony. Not only was that harder work than I expected, but I’ve lost so much strength! 10kg off my bench press 😦

Definitely need to get back into it. And not get out of it again!!!!