2010 has been an incredible year for Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and it’s about to roll out with a BANG!
Tomorrow morning, on BBC Breakfast Television News and on BBC World, the Global News Network, she’ll be giving her top tips on what to do with a rubbish present….and perhaps more importantly, giving advice on how not to find yourself in this situation in 2011!
There’s a tremendous amount of exciting stuff happening in the New Year and the best way to keep in touch with all of our green news is via Tracey’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/RubbishAuthor.
But don’t leave this site without having a good look around first!
There’s a veritable wedge of top tips here, with lots of ideas on ways you can lean towards the green and give a positive embrace to living with less!
Of all the Literary Festivals I’ve appeared at this year, Ways With Words at the beautiful Dartington Hall in Totnes is the one that has given me the biggest squidgy feeling in the pit of my stomach.
The annual festival takes place from July 10-19 at Dartington Hall in South Devon and my slot is carved into the schedule on Monday 13th at 2pm.
“Few people who visit Dartington Hall are untouched by its magic,” explains Festival Director, Kay Dunbar. “The combination of the medieval courtyard, the majestic Great Hall and the extensive gardens and woodlands creates a captivating setting for a literature festival,” she adds.
A dear friend recently lost her father and his living wish was for his body left to medical science, but unfortunately, because all the necessary paperwork hadn’t been completed, it wasn’t able to happen.
Consequently, I’ve found myself in a somewhat pensive state, questioning life, the universe and everything, with particular reference to what ‘I’ would like to happen in the untimely event of my early demise…not that I’m planning on going anywhere, anytime soon; I’ve far too much work to do on Mother Earth.
But clearly, our most intimate wishes for post-mortal coil need to be communicated with the ones we love, all relevant authorities, they need to be witnessed, documented, signed, sealed and delivered.
I started carrying an organ donor card many years ago. It’s kicking around in my bag somewhere…I’m sure it is…at least I think it is.
A few creative mums and I usually get together once a week for a bit of cutting, sticking or Morsbagging and today we decided to draw pictures all over each other – henna pictures to be precise and what a giggle it was.
We used a couple of the henna book complete kits by Alieen Marron, (The Henna Body Art Kit and Tribal Tattoos) which contained a few transfers, a tracing pencil, some tracing paper and all the other malarkey.
I’ve been hankering after a tattoo of the earth on the sole of my feet for ages. I wanted it there, not for anyone to see particularly, but as a symbol for what I’m trying to do; spreading the message about ways to be kinder to the environment by ‘lightening our footprint’.
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!
I’m back in the saddle after spending 3 days up ‘in the smoke’ (that’s London to you missus) attending www.ukaware.com.
I was helping Dave Hampton (the Carbon Coach) to host the speaker panels that were on Friday and Saturday and sat on a panel too on Saturday afternoon.
It was an amazing event – Mr OOFFOO himself, Al Tepper, was there and I had very eco’nversations with the delightful Ruby Wax and the charmingly talented Oliver Heath too.
I could witter on about how much I loved the whole thing, but my calves still haven’t forgiven me! I must have walked 500 miles….
Instead, I thought I’d tell you about my personal favourites in attendance at the show.
1) Morsbags – what smashing ladies (and gents) they are. This is a sociable guerilla bagging group for want of a better description and if you’ve got a sewing machine, you need to visit their site at www.Morsbags.com
2) Nether Wallop Trading – I was honoured to present a little award to them for their Paper Potter….if you’re a keen gardener (and even if you’re not) have a look at this at www.NetherWallopTrading.com