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Holiday-ing in Languedoc

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We are back from our holidays in France, in Languedoc.

Pictures were not all taken by me (too difficult with 3 young kids to supervise), it is just for the pleasure of the eyes. The pleasure mainly to buy directly from the producers (when possible).

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We ate in galore: melons, zucchinis, tomatoes, apricots, plums, goat cheese…
Our house had a lovely vegetables garden providing us with different kinds of tomatoes, zucchinis, bell peppers…let’s not forget our 4 hens providing us with a few eggs each days ( a hen can produce between 180-280 eggs a year depending on the breed) to the delight of the kids and the adults.

We also gave them a lot of the peels which were intended to the compost as well as their own eggshells (wonderful source of calcium for the chicken).

Needless to say that a lot of people grow their own vegetables and fruits without the help of any chemicals.

It is also one of the largest wine world producers.

The region is blessed with enough rain and sunshine to grow almost anything.
Sadly, it was not the season of figs and blackberries, we missed them by a month.
Wonderful family times, food, wine, scenery, hikes in nature, kayaking, medieval towns all over the region.

Happy to be back in Asia.

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Rot

I never thought about it until I got ‘slightly obsessed’ in eliminating all kinds of garbage at home.
After, a quick Google search, human hair makes in fact an excellent compost waste (I know, it was weird for me also and still is).
Now, our children hair is being composted rather than just trashed.
Mine is dyed and I would not want to ruin my good compost with the chemicals.
Plus, I am not ready (quite yet) to ask my good hairdresser on getting my cut hair back.

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Reuse & Upcycle

It is time to compost few of our bamboo toothbrushes but really even used they still are too pretty to be composted.
We decided to cut the bristles and use them as plant labels, we also use chopsticks (those are from years ago when we were still consuming disposable bamboo chopsticks).
On another note, I just had my annual dental checkup and my teeth are just fine not one cavity meaning those toothbrushes do the work. They are not the fancy Colgate, Oral B … but they do the job and the bamboo feels so much better in the mouth.
HK suppliers if some of you are reading this post, we need those in the city, ours are ordered from Australia (sigh).
Regarding the toothbrushes:
On the box, the manufacturer instructs users to change toothbrushes every 3 months. We use ‘Soft’ toothbrushes and we do not particularly brush like maniacs but even the children toothbrushes need to be changed after 4/6 weeks but it is still a good buy as it is $16/ toothbrush including the shipping cost.

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REUSE + ROT

The family weekly fresh food.
+ Compost (big news)
On the left, Wed delivery with Julien.
Getting: our weekly honey (for spread & sweetener)
15 eggs, lemon, Italian lettuce (cannot get enough of HK salads), sweet, corn, carrots (small & cute, but high labor in peeling them), dishwasher soap normally we get the refill for $180 for 3 L but they ran out so on the picture just the 1 L for $80 (I hope I can still return the bottle for reuse).
Total cost: $479 (veggies, honey, eggs, dishwasher liquid).
Returning for reuse: honey jar, egg racks, rubber bands, refill shampoo bottle, small paper bags to pack veggies and more importantly…. our last stage compost, the BLACK GOLD, it now needs to be buried.
We kept a big of our compost for our ‘garden’ gave some to our neighbors. For some strange reasons, it gives me a great sense of accomplishment, our family compost in going back to the source in a small HK organic farm, it just feels right.
On the right, Monday Homegrown Foods delivery, beautiful veggies, leeks, broccolis, beets, kale, red cabbage, onions etc.. we have an annual package about $440/ box.
Total for this week for all our veggies, eggs, honey and a bit of cleaning products about $920
We are a family of 6 and most of our meals are homemade, we take lunch boxes to the office with usually leftovers from the previous dinner.
If I would have bought the equivalent in supermarket, our organic products would have most likely been imported via plane, in a refrigerated container and have been plastic wrapped, plus it would cost about double the price that we currently pay.
On the community side, we are preserving the local, grassroots small businesses that are so precious to balance our local economy.
Julien’s contact kikingshing@yahoo.com
Homegrown Foods or Eat Fresh are 2 good suppliers of local products (google them).
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Our solution to deal with our waste.

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Finally our solution to deal with our waste.
Again, we are 3 adults and 3 children and for us 3 bokashis works.
1 compost/ bokashi for 2 weeks of waste.
I found that it takes about 6 weeks to really rot so this rotation system works well.

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Compost

1383693_627167984001847_927559244_nBokashi one is 5 weeks old and one is 3 weeks old.
Basically, it needs time much more than advertised on the box.I guess, an additional 2 weeks for the oldest one to get into compost. if the boxes are unopened still no smell or fruit flies, but one needs patience and be able to store few bokashi pots.
A bit disappointed by the time it takes to decompose but will continue.
As Bette Midler (I am a big fan) said “My whole life had been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God’s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap.”

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