I work with someone who is involved in the alternative side of things as far as Wellington society goes. He does all sorts of neat stuff and knows all sorts of neat people.
Recently he bought his grandmother’s house complete with olive trees… among other things. He has spent months soaking the olives in brine and bay leaves. Changing the brine every week or so (I think?) until he has ended up with these No. 17 Standard Olives – fully organic and Paekakariki grown and harvested. And they are YUM. Hannah is a huge fan of olives and so half the jar disappeared the first night we had them.
It got me thinking though… I’d really like to get more involved in a local trading group. I vaguely recall an online system was set up and that the Wairarapa had a system going on but I can’t figure out where I got that information.
As far as things to trade: I can knit… I can baby sit… I can cook (sorta)… but I really must learn to do relish and chutney before Christmas. And I have a pile of grapefruit that need to be transformed into something before they start to grow mould. So I’m going to attempt grapefruit stuff to ‘pay’ Sam for the olives and will be looking for more opportunities to trade or swap goods. Oh, and then there’s the pay it forward movement which I am quite keen on. I’d better get creating!