Attack of the Aphids

A lot of our garden experiments are in a waiting phase right now. The moringa is almost ready to start clipping from, which will be a great reintroduction to our lives since at our old house we had four huge plants in our tiny 20sq’ yard that we could eat off of daily. Most mornings we had fried eggs and moringa – fresh from the backyard. Right now we have a few herbs like mint, thai and sweet basil, and fennel that are going strong and we need to get in a better habit of using. But the pumpkin and cucumber are still slowly sprawling out, the cherry tomatoes aren’t quite blooming yet, and the leafy greens have gone to seed. A lot of these things we planted early just to see what would take during the monsoon and I think their progress is slow and steady because they rarely have a chance to dry out and breathe a little. But even in the past two nights, we’ve noticed a temperature drop in anticipation of cool season – a great growing time in Thailand.

But the yard long beans have been abundant for the last month. Non-stop green beans. Yesterday morning I went out to pick more and noticed a strange clumpy dirt gathered on a lot of them. Continue reading “Attack of the Aphids”

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Our Sewing Machine is Broken

When we first moved to Thailand, we relied heavily on the moving sales of other expats and the market near our house to get established since we came over with just a suitcase and backpack each. We also had no car, so anytime there was a sale within walking distance, we were on it. This is how we ended up buying a random assortment of kitchen and home goods from an interesting Russian couple down the street. Tory walked home with a bag of miscellaneous kitchen utensils (including a freaky vintage can opener that we still use if we have to) while I slowly drove the scooter back loaded with two end tables and yes, a sewing machine! Continue reading “Our Sewing Machine is Broken”

We’ve Got Cream Cheese!

This time in Thailand for us is all about experimentation. There’s roominess here – we have affordable childcare, flexible work schedules and are living on a few beautiful acres of orchard not our own. There’s less accountability and less personal investment than we want to have in the future, but for now, we’re hoping to use this time for a bit of trial and error.

So on that note, I found a small farm in our area that delivers raw milk. We don’t typically drink cows milk and haven’t for many years. So why would I want 5 gallons of raw milk delivered to our door? Continue reading “We’ve Got Cream Cheese!”

Backyard Chickens: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

For us, pregnancy was a gestation phase not only for our little girl but for a new way of life.

We got pregnant three months after moving to Thailand and the move was predicated by years of working full time and striving to get debt-free. We intended to slow down once we arrived, but found ourselves caught up in the swing of cultural adjustment, Thai language learning, and monthly excursions to remote parts of Thailand to shoot for my work. Pregnancy forced us to slow down a little and we started taking time to reflect on the kind of life we wanted to to bring our baby into.

Continue reading “Backyard Chickens: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”