Monday, July 21

loca vore

its been a very cold and busy weekend. High tea at The Apothecary on Saturday afternoon (very posh but a great chance to wear the vintage black Astrakan coat gifted years ago, only worn it once before when in Paris on my honeymoon) with a bunch of lovely wimmin celebrating a big number, followed very soon after by dinner at East Taste with a friend on a flying work visit into town and friends with their kids visiting Sunday. Throw breastfeeding a 10 week old, managing a broken washing machine when you use cloth nappies, readying for the school term into the mix and a 10yo with a M.A.J.O.R fashion crisis (Im so unsympathetic) and you've got some idea why i slept in until 11am with the boy this morning. This pic was taken on the way out to tea, walking down a laneway we came upon a building that had thousands of toy cars stuck on each brick, beginning at about 20ft up. It was raining, dark and i was pressed against the wall looking up and hoping the zoom was good enough. It has no relvance here except i thought it looked kinda interesting and wanted to share.
All that's a precursor to something thats been on my mind and i have been meaning to explore in a post. The media, well the media I read/listen/watch/look in discussing sustainability and food production talk about 'eating seasonally' in an effort to reduce costs and waste assocated with food production and transportation. Eating seasonally as i see it acts like the Trojan Horse; by eating only what is 'in season' you inherently avoid foods which have been either trucked in from far away places or heavily 'subsidised' and by implication eat locally produced foods (loca vore). However, here lies my concern. This is all well and good if you grow your own food or just happen to be very in touch with planting and cropping seasons. My guess is that most people would have NO IDEA about what should be in season at any particular time in their region and whether that asparagus has a 'seasonal' right to be in their shopping basket. Its a bit like telling people to 'just say no'. So any campaign to get people to eat seasonally i reckon would require a major effort to get people back in tune with natures cycles and an awareness that ya cant really expect to pick strawberries in winter and that brussell sprouts are no summer crop. Informing the public that the oranges are from California or that kiwis are from new zealand doesnt really help, it doesnt join the dots to make the big picture argument for those who are not thinking. Maybe they were grown in season in THAT place? Ha

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