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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Monday, 26 September 2016

That time of year again

Every year I get seasonal depression around the time of the equinox and every year it takes me by surprise. Every flipping year. At least I'm getting better at recognising it when it does hit, though. I also think that preserving food does help.

Yesterday was a bad day, in a big weepy meltdown sort of way. Today I feel better and I made sauerkraut, or at least started it.


Sauerkraut. Also little cucumbers, just because I saw a packet for sale in Lidl, and people had been talking about fermenting them in an online group.

It would be nice if the cabbage was home-grown, but even so, this is traditional preservation of seasonal veg, and it feels like the right thing to be doing at this time of year.

3 comments:

  1. I had to put extra covers on the bed and plug in Jasper's heating pad since it's starting to get down near freezing at night. Sigh. Thank God fall is football season here in the states, sometimes I think it's the only thing that keeps me from slipping into a deep depression this time of year! Maybe you could become the one and only Broncos fan in Wales? We're 3 and 0! Woo Hoo!!! :-)

    Hang in there.

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  2. Definitely preserving food helps - it's instinctive. Hope you feel happier soon - sorry if this sounds trite but I suffer in the same way and find having lit candles all about the house from the moment I get in from work, helps massively.

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  3. I get hit by the depression as well. Some years are better than others. It seems I am getting wiser in my old age as I have been on citalopram for two weeks now and I am starting to have glimpses of normality again. Usually I don't go to the doctors until I am drowning and ready to end it all. Candles and classical music also work for me. I don't know why but they do. Oh and crafts, lots and lots of crafting.

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