The guidelines are:
- Make all meals from scratch.
- Keep energy usage down
- Conserve water
- Walk as much as possible
- Rethink your entertainment
- Watch your wallet
- Use the car only for necessities, no trips for fun (doesn't mean we won't have fun, just won't include travelling fun this week)
- Bake all our bread
- Inspired by supermom, I'll be making meals from what we already have in the fridge/cupboards/shelves. Afterall, pioneerers (?) didn't pop off to the shop whenever they had a hankering for something. Once we move up to the homestead, this luxury will be gone. Might as well get some practice in now.
- Sweep, no vacuuming.
- No TV (hmmm... DIY Dad looks very worried indeed)
- Use the kitchen timer to time showers, keeping them under 3 minutes (with an extra 2 for when I wash my hair)
- Use candles when practical
What I won't be doin':
- I would love to make our butter but we haven't been able to source fresh milk here. It seems so crazy but all we get is UHT milk - long life milk. And likewise we can't get a hold of fresh cream. For whatever reason, this means it won't turn to butter. I think that when we move up to the homestead that we'll be able to source it from local person. Most villagers have goats and some also have a cow or two.
- I can't sew, knit, or quilt. However, I want to learn to sew, because I just love the idea of making the wildflower's dresses as she grows, as well as upcycling bits of fabric. I do weave, but that's for luxury items.
- Giving up using the computer. Hello!! No explanation required.
- I considered washing our clothes by hand but I soon realised that our efficient machine would use less water.
I can't think of much else, but if you have any suggestions let me know. I'll also peruse other Pioneer Week participants for ideas and come back and edit this list.