I’ve decided to wrap up every week with a short, and sometimes a slightly longer post on the blog. Just to highlight a few things that I’ve done the previous week, and to mark out some steps that I want to follow for the upcoming week. I see these posts as little reminders for myself of how I’ve been doing things and how I want to move on. At the same time it’s a bit of an overview for the reader to see what has happened. I’m generally all over the place posting things and not all of you follow all these channels (which is a good thing too!). I have decided to build these posts up based on the categories in my blog. These are things that are important to me apparently. So I’ll talk a bit about my work, about my food experiments, about things I have done around the garden. I’ll share some news if I have made new items, explored new places and discover new things. Let’s start.

WORK

Looking back

You might have noticed that I’m in the exciting process of reopening my shops again. While the act of opening an online storefront isn’t such a big deal today, opening a business involves quite some work on the background. I have set up a micro business in France now for the first time, which was a different experience than what I was used to.

A few years back, when I arrived here, I became an autoentrepreneur. With the change of political regimes, the options in business regimes have also changed. Very interesting, you see, I’m very much disconnected from French politics, but apparently it matters much for businesses in this country who is to rule the country. I don’t know if it’s really the truth, or if it’s just propaganda, but the leftists are being portrayed as if they are discouraging the setup of businesses. Again, I don’t now if it’s true, but I must say that I found the autoentrepreneur status a very smooth and sweet way to find your way in the scary world of starting a business. The micro business that replaces that regime now, isn’t that scary either, but it does push you immediately into a more professional environment, with all the requirements that are made to allow you to start a business. In some cases (depending on the type of business) you even have to go on a 5-day course. It wouldn’t be something I would be against, if I knew that the French would use those five days effectively and the days would be packed with useful information. Unfortunately I know better and am lucky that my business doesn’t fall in the category that forces me to follow these things (I think). All the other things I have to do are doable.

In the meantime I’m now waiting to get my final approval with all the paperwork and attached numbers to get installed. I’m now in this grey area, where I believe I’m allowed to start, but I haven’t received back a final confirmation. I’ve only received returning requests for papers that I have already send in. If this country won’t smother itself into paperwork one day, I will be surprised. But let’s stop complaining, it’s not that awful and my petit ami (it’s such a fun expression) is always helping me out with all the complicated paperwork, which is fantastic. And to be honest, I am really enjoying being back in business again.

Looking forward

Next to setting up the micro business, I’m also in the process of adapting my storefronts and my website to European rules and regulations. My website wasn’t (and still isn’t) up to date. It wasn’t a problem this last year, because I wasn’t running a business, but now that I am, I need to comply. I need to devote a page to explain how my business is run for example, what the privacy policy entails, and how it uses cookies to show ads as well. I’ve started updating the blog for that reason this week and the upcoming week you will see more changes. All for the better, I promise. I don’t know if people mind that I will show ads on the blog, but it will make it easier for me to run the blog, so I consciously choose to do it anyway. Feel free to give me feedback though. Along with these two things I mentioned above (paperwork and EU regulations adjustments) I’m hoping to devote the upcoming week to finally opening my shops. Let’s hope all the paperwork I’ve filed today arrives in good hands.

COOK

Looking back

All this talking about paperwork made me hungry this last week. I experimented a lot in the kitchen. At the same time I tried to reinstall our good customs with having regular breakfasts and I also tried to push our dinners back a bit earlier in the evening, as that works really well for me.

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I also managed to push out one recipe this week. Which is good, because I want to post at least one recipe per week on the blog. I published a chestnut soup recipe which I accompanied by a parsley pesto recipe. Not that bad, not that bad at all. It was really delicious, you should definitely try it out too.

chestnut soup with persil by pakovska

Next to cooking I also did my six-monthly seeds-, nuts-, dried fruits-, legumes- and what-not-shopping. I received a huge order last week and adjusted the kitchen a bit to fit everything in. The idea is that I will dedicate some words on the blog (or even in a video) on explaining what kind of things I always have in my pantry, but for now I leave you with an image.

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Looking forward

For the upcoming week I want to publish two recipe posts. I have four options though, so if you have a preference, I’m open for suggestions. I will choose between a boranija (a Macedonian bean soup), an old bread pudding (with a Hungarian touch), an Indonesian gado gado or an Indian palak paneer.

GARDEN

Looking back 

To be honest, my garden urges are only slowing coming to the surface. I haven’t fully envisioned wat I’m going to do with this years garden. Yes, I’ve set up my greenhouses weeks ago, but I didn’t do much more. What I did do this week was dust off my seed collection, which now is pretty much epic (don’t be jealous). And yesterday I drew out a general plan for what I’m going to do with the garden around the house. I came home with some wooden fruit crates on Saturday and I immediately saw opportunities which I had to put on paper. I will have to elaborate on that later. Let me show you my seed collection first:

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Looking forward

For upcoming week I therefore have much more plans with the garden. First of all I’m going to present you a monthly #sowgrowharvestfeast calendar. I think it will be a monthly desktop calendar, but you’ll have to wait and see. This one is high on my priority list this week, it’s a bit of a burden though, because I’m not the digital designer type of person. I’m stretching myself here. Haha.

Next to this I will start sowing. Yes! I’m starting this week with sowing. Tomatoes, aubergines and peppers are on the list. Not so much as last year, but a proper amount still.

MAKE

Looking back

workroom garageThe first weeks after our move I wasn’t really able to make much. My hands weren’t really in best form. My left hand thumb got hurt somehow before our move, and I had intense pains during two months. Driving a car was even painful. After some research on Google, I figured out that I had to give the thumb some rest, so I taped my hand up for a full week and miraculously the pain faded away.

Since then I’ve been knitting like crazy. I’ve made four hats and a full curtain for my workroom in only a very short time. I will show both next week here. The hat will become a beginners pattern and will be also sold as a finished hat in the shop. The curtain will be placed in the workroom and I’ll show you the result. I haven’t shown my workroom here on the blog I believe. Here is a little peek of a corner. The curtain I’ve knitted will be placed there on the left side of the window for now.

Looking forward

But there is more coming. I’ve signed up for a sewing class here in the village. On the way to the baker I kept looking into a window of a workshop and last week I finally had the courage to walk in and ask whether they had some information on workshops. The woman confirmed and gave me some verbal information and promised to send me some information per mail as well. And when she did, I signed up. I will start today and slowly I will learn all the tricks of technical sewing. I also look forward to this as it’s a good occasion to surround myself with french people and language. I look forward on giving you updates on my progress.

EXPLORE

Looking back

We went out to search for some snow this weekend again. I have told you that my goal this season will be to see some snow at least once a week. I really love snow and as it’s never far away from where we live now, it’s a pity not to go out and find it. This weekend we had mostly sun and rain. The snow border was really high up the mountain, so we had to be happy with seeing old snow. No problem for me.

snow on the mountain - 1

Looking forward

It was a love little walk we did there and I’ll write about it next week. I also still need to blog about our visit to Chambéry a few weeks ago I realise. And as for next weekend I’m hoping to plan something more adventurous. This time of the year is kind of tricky with walks and hikes, as you never know how much snow you will find somewhere and whether you need raquettes or not. We don’t have those snow shoes, so I’ll try to find a place to walk to where we don’t need those. How do you guys plan for weekends? I have found out that it doesn’t work for us not to have planned anything, as not planning anything, can result into not doing anything. Having plans up front, might end up in doing something else than planned, but it ensures that we go out and do things. I wonder if it works the same for you?

chambery by pakovska

DISCOVER

These weekly posts became very fleshy I realise. But maybe it’s only because it’s the first time. We’ll see.This last category will always be very to the point as it will be a real sum of discoveries. What have I discovered this week? marche-mode-vintage-orange-600x849

  • My blog was featured on the UrbanOrganicGardener blog.
  • Marché de la Mode Vintage is taking place soon in Lyon. This years theme is #urbanjungle. This might be the best time for me to go and visit it. Might be interesting for you as well!
  • Staying in the jungle theme: La Ferme de Sainte Marthe (one of the best French seed sellers) is hosting an amazing give away to celebrate their 10.000 followers on FB. You can win a package of 120 tomato seed varieties. That’s pretty rad. Go and see.
  • The dutch Diana (that just sounds funny) started selling amazingly illustrated healthy vegetable based printable recipes just recently. A mouth full, but worth checking out! I warn you, they are written in dutch.
  • My favourite lamp makers (of which I don’t own a lamp yet) have designed a new lamp. I can’t see where you can buy it, but you can see a preview here.
  • I’m going to blog for the dutch platform Roskat from this month on. I’ll write review posts about my pile of unread self-help and world saving books! I had a little photo session for that purpose. Hahaha.

It has been a good week and I am already enjoying this new week.