Just a shortie, boy have I got a packed weekend ahead of me.
On Saturday, I’ll be broadcasting an hour of my ‘Slow Down and Green Up’ radio show (usual slot every Wednesday between 10 and 1pm) in celebration of the fact that our radio station has been broadcasting for 40 years to the hospital and 5 years as Apple AM!
If you’re near a computer between 1 and 2pm today, hop onto www.AppleAM.com and click ‘Listen Live’ to hear my mini-eco-show!
And tomorrow, if you’re around in the Oxford area and looking for something to do, I’ll be doing a ‘thing’ at the Dorchester Literery and Arts Festival, see www.DorchesterFestival.com for details – I’m listed under ‘Something Different’ – that sounds about right….. I’ll be giving a reading from my Book of Rubbish Ideas and demonstrating how you can make my Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads too – tasty all round!
Then on Monday, I’ll be doing nothing except playing with the kids and poking a nose into my latest can’t put down read, Globestiy, A planet out of control….its compulsive reading for want of a better expression…
Anyway, I hope this finds you all in fine fettle and be sure to do something nice with your loved ones over the Bank Holiday weekend!
If you’ve got my neverending lettuce’s on the go on your windowsills, well done green-fingered chum, you’re going to love this too!
Here’s another delicious filler to accompany them in salads, sandwiches and in thousands of other dishes; sprouting seeds and beans.
You’ll probably remember cultivating mustard cress at school; I do believe, along with trying to blow up your science lab by mixing exotic coloured bottles of liquid, growing cress was in fact compulsory by international law). It was fun, but it involved cotton wool, plastic boxes, water and patience. Sprouting is much easier and the results are more abundant.
Sprouting beans and seeds are one of the most nutritional forms of raw foods you can get and it’ll come as no surprise, I’m going to urge you to buy the organic versions of. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and proteins, which might not sound instantly appealing but your body will love them. Continue reading “Sprouting Fillers”
I thought I’d get in quick with a rubbish-free card solution and with a yummy idea to get the day started on the right foot too.
I’ve also allowed you a stack of lead time to send this article to any fellas you know who might be glad of the inspiration – ehem….
Here’s how to make your mum feel special with a fruity home-made card and a very special breakfast in bed!
To celebrate the special event which takes place on Sunday the 22nd March, Tropical Wholefoods, pioneer of sun-dried tropical fruits, has come up with a delicious breakfast menu for mum, which can be announced with a home-made card made using dried fruit.
These unique designs include sun-dried pineapple, chewy banana chips and apricot kernels to form a smiley face. Another card uses the same dried fruits to make a colourful bunch of flowers.
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.
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.
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.
Around 700 million cartridges were thrown away worldwide in 2003 and this has risen year on year since. The recovery and reuse of toner and inkjet cartridges reduces landfill by millions of cubic feet of non-biodegradable material. Each discarded empty laser printer cartridge adds approximately 1.5kgs of unnecessary waste. Continue reading “Each One Really Does Count!”
It’s mid-week – not that I’m wishing the week away – and it’s time for my regular trip to the Apple studios in Taunton to broadcast Slow Down and Green Up to a willing audience.
Today, between 10am and 1pm, I’ll be talking natural face masks with Jude from the local branch of Lush and I’ll be giving you my top tips for making your own versions using the contents of your kitchen cupboards and fridge!
If you have any burning questions to put to her, give me a call in the studio on 01823 342591 and I’ll get you and answer on air.
I’ve also got the lovely Jon Kelly from the Odeon Cinema coming in too. He pops in every Wednesday to talk about the hot and happening movies of the week, the absolute must see’s and we discuss the new film releases too. As usual, I’ll be giving away 3 pairs of tickets to go to your local Odeon Cinema to see whatever takes your fancy.