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Once again my son has inspired me to get enthusiastic about things.

This time it was for Earth Hour which was held last Saturday. He had experienced it at school on Friday when they turned off all the lights and electrical items for 1 hour.

So on Saturday night, we had a romantic candlelit dinner, and attempted to extend the lights off to two hours. Despite his brother’s best attempt to ruin things by being inconveniently sick in the middle of it all!

Nevertheless we had some fun, and it turned into a bit of a camping at home “what was it like in the old days” experience. The novelty of having all the lights out and only candles was fantastic and cemented for my son the idea of what we use electricity for, and what it is like without it.

The challenge of going beyond the hour and hopefully into the days and weeks beyond, is one which we are hoping to take up.

Maybe a candlelit dinner could be become part of our weekly routine!

There is nothing like growing something yourself, then picking and eating it.

I have delighted in our produce at this time of year, which although limited, has consisted of a continual trickle of cherry tomatoes, basil and the occasional zucchini, plus the unveiling of some potatoes, almost forgotten underneath everything else!

I am always looking for gardening and cooking inspiration and have been cheered by the news that Kid’s Pantry (formerly of Pialligo) after a fire, has found a new home in Garran. I am looking forward to another visit after our birthday party experience last year, where the kids got to make their own meal and then eat it.

Quite the experience and a great way of getting kids excited about cutting, cooking and experimenting with eating.