Ok, just in case you don’t get my tenuous stab at a Halloween joke, that should be read as, ‘Action’, in a frightened and scary voice…
(All right, all right, it wasn’t thatbad!)
As reported here recently, my little village is proudly on the ‘Mulling it Over‘ list of Transition Towns and our monthly meetings to discuss ways of helping our village live more sustainably are going well.
Unfortunately, my lovely Nan passed away many years ago, but I remember her voice, laughter and cuddles like she was here only yesterday.
She taught me so much; how to be patient, how to cook, how to grow a few things in the garden, how to enjoy your own company and how to knit, amongst others.
Most of the important stuff has remained lodged in my head but the knitting thing has been sadly lost with the passage of time. Well, I say lost, it’s not completely gone, I remembered a few of the basics and felt sure it would all come flooding back if I could just find a prompt.
With the monopoly money figures of dodgy bank dealings now turning into real money that we taxpayers will be footing the bill for, one way or another people are heartily sick of seeing their money go ‘down the pan’.
A few years back whilst idly watching the Dragons Den, I discovered a clever little device that saves money and wasted water from going the same way; it’s a flush inhibitor kit, easy to fit in your loo cistern and it’s called the Interflush.
The lav is the biggest single user of water in the house, accounting for 60 of the (average) 150 litres we each use per day.
It’s always great to hear from a friend with some hot eco-news, especially when it recognises their hard work and commitment to spreading the good, green word.
Today, I received a note from the lovely Judith Mathias, co-founder of Home Scents and Baby Scents up in Northumberland.
Alongside husband John, she produces a range of natural products that are, ‘kind to us and the planet and that keep your environment free of toxins‘.
They believe that totally pure products with honest labelling are the way forward; they’re against animal testing and do not use ingredients that have been tested on animals either. Continue reading “It Makes Home Scents!”
I came across the Landfill Prize earlier this year whilst chatting to my good friend author Carl Honoré, who’d been signed up as a judge; incidentally, he’s also one of my celebrity case studies in the book.
I really should have been tap, tap, tapping away on the keyboard, but my dear chum Izzy twisted my arm and convinced me I needed to accompany her on a visit to a couple of local craft shops instead – so I did…
We hung up our usual weekday workie hats and had a bit of girlie respite, which was very restorative indeed.
We set off with a tiny budget and a mission; we wanted to gather a few essentials for card making projects – have you seen how expensive they are in the stores these days? I haven’t bought one for years, but I poked my head into a high street favourite the other day on reconnaissance and spluttered and choked at the prices! Continue reading “How To: Make Crafty Rubbish Cards”