Take a Natural Approach to Hayfever Protection

Let Mother Nature have a go
Let Mother Nature have a go

Spring can be a particularly difficult time for hayfever sufferers (me included) but organic herbal expert, Pukka Herbs, believes the symptoms can be avoided with the use of natural remedies.

I’m going to give their recommendations a try, as every summer I seem to find myself with a collection of boxes and bottles of product claiming a cure and some of the vessels cannot be easily recycled; this year, it’s time to see how much Mother Nature can do for me.

Here’s some additional advice from Pukka’s herbal director, Sebastian Pole. “If our digestion becomes impaired, we cannot absorb and metabolise what we are putting into ourselves. This can create a toxic overload that coats our mucus membranes and obstructs the free flow of air, resulting in hayfever symptoms. Congestion, sneezing, itchiness, heavy head and difficulty in breathing are particularly common.

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A Bagging Update

Celina on the stitch
Celina on the stitch

Hi all, Only a shortie, it’s been a busy week here in the Smith Word Shed…

Friday morning I got together with my Crafty Group and we made our first batch of Morsbags!

I found a fabulous blue and white throw in the RSPCA charity shop that set me back the princely sum of £1.50!

We turned it into almost 8 washable cotton bags!  I say almost, we had 3 others cut and ready to sew, but ran out of time to play…they’re reserved for another day.

We all had a great time, drank copious amounts of tea, poked in the odd ginger biscuit and chunk of chocolate and the all of our creative spirits were exercised!

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Events: Tracey Smith Brings ‘Rubbish’ to Dorchester Literary & Arts Festival

Tracey Smith reads a load of Rubbish
Tracey Smith reads a load of Rubbish

Well, not literally you understand.

I’ve been asked to attend the Dorchester Festival to give a reading from my Book of Rubbish Ideas and do a demonstration on how to make my Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads.

I must confess, it’s the first lit fest I’ve been confirmed to attend this year and I’m beside myself with excitement.  It’s in Dorchester on Thames in beautiful Oxfordshire and I might do a book signing at a nearby Waterstones the day before, so it’ll be all go.

The event boasts something for all the family and there’s a stack of stuff for children of all ages to do too.  There are also readings to be given by children’s authors Julia Golding of The Cat series, Dragonfly and Darcie Lock and also Jenny Nimmo, famed for her award winning books on Charlie Bone.

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Celebrities Speak Out for Children of Alcoholics

Being a child of an alcoholic is rubbish...
Being a child of an alcoholic can be rubbish...

STOP PRESS:  Tuesday 10th February – I’ll be on BBC Somerset just after the 11am news talking about COA Week.  Tune in on www.BBC.co.uk/somerset

What do Elle Macpherson, Geraldine James, Marco Pierre White, Belinda Carlisle, Lauren Booth and Abi Roberts  all have in common?

They are uniting to raise awareness of the inaugural Children of Alcoholics Week, (COA Week) which takes place between the 8th and 14th February 2009.

The event was created by myself and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers at Bristol based charity The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa).  They run a vital helpline and website for the estimated 3.6 million young and adult children of alcohol-dependent parents in the UK, many of whom live in confusion and isolation.

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A Very Social Solution to Killing Off the Plastic Bag!

Grrr...there's even bags for the boys...
Grrr...there's even bags for the boys...

I came across an incredibly inspirational company last week called Morsbags, with a delightful strapline of ‘Sociable, Guerrilla, Bagging’.

‘What are you on about now, you crazy woman’, I can hear you from here you know!

I’ll tell you, I haven’t felt this excited and sane about a project in a long time…

Perhaps the story is best told by the creator of Morsbags, Claire Morsman.

A young female minke whale was washed up in Normandy France on April 6th (my birthday) in 2002.  This was in the contents of her stomach.

  • 1 x plastic/aluminium crisp packet
  • 2 x English supermarket bags
  • 7 x various coloured dustbin bag bits
  • 7 x transparent plastic bags

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No Rubbish on the Radio today…but here’s something I prepared earlier!

Rock chick
Rock chick - no, really!

Morning all!

Snowed in, oh yea, we’re seriously snowed in and I can’t get to the Apple radio station today…..needless to say, I’m not a happy rock chick.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to bring you any of my usual eco-natter via the t’internet, nor will I be able to give away free tickets to see a movie at your local ODEON cinema, but as if by the power of magic, it seems I can bring you some of the music I had on my playlist!

All you need to do is click on the ‘Pop Out Player’ button below or see my page at PlayList and you can enjoy some of my favourite music, well 10 tracks of it at least, which should keep you occupied and entertained for an hour or so.

If you like the songs, minimise the page, or just open another window and continue your webbing….hopefully I’ll bring a smile to your chops and lighten your morning.

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Rubbish on the Radio: For your listening pleasure this week

Win a Saturday nite at the movies!
Win a Saturday nite at the movies!

It’s almost time to go dashing through the snow in my one horse open sleigh (ok, I lied, there’s no sleigh, but it would certainly come in handy this week) to broadcast Slow Down and Green Up on the radio.

Between 10am and 1pm GMT on Wednesday, I’ll be talking about all the things that have tickled my green bone over the past week and as usual, I’ll be giving away free tickets for the ODEON cinema for you to see a movie of your choice.

The lovely Jon Kelly will be dropping in at midday the Odeon Cinema coming in to talk about the hot and happening movies of the week, the absolute must see’s and we’ll also discuss the new film releases too.

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How Do You Ban the Dreaded Plastic Bag?

Here's a book designed to show you the way
Here's a book designed to show you the way

Ban the Plastic Bag is a small but very evocative read from the green shelf of Fragile Earth Books and essentially, it sets out a community action plan for a carrier bag-free world.

Every year 17 billion carrier bags are given away free in the UK;  that means an average of 300 carrier bags for every man, woman and child.  Plastics do not biodegrade and scientists now estimate that plastic lasts for up to 1,000 years.

Every carrier bag that has ever been produced is still on the planet, in landfill, hedgerows, or floating in the sea. Plastic bag litter is lethal, killing over 100,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, whales and turtles every year.

Worldwide, people are rallying:  in Bangladesh and Taiwan carrier bags have been banned;  China has announced it will soon do the same.  Ireland introduced a 15p levy on plastic bags, which has led to a 90% reduction in their use.  Marks & Spencer has introduced a similar charge.

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