Saturday, 12 August 2017

The British Plastic Federation and #PlasticFreeJuly


I was really pleased to hear that at the end of July plastic was talked about on Radio 4's You and Yours consumer affairs programme in response to both #PlasticFreeJuly and to the survey that says that 90% of people want to see a plastic free aisle in the supermarket.  I was, however, less pleased to hear what the supermarkets and British Plastics Federation had to say about plastics.   You can have a listen here, it is the first topic discussed - PlasticFreeJuly on You and Yours.

 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Animal Tales - 102


Welcome to Animal Tales, the monthly linky for all your animal stories.  If you have an animal related blog post (old or new) then come and link up! I had hoped to write an animals of Eco-Gites of Lenault update but failed to find the time. So instead I thought you might like this photo.  Remember the ducklings that hatched earlier in the year?  Well they have grown up a bit and have learnt how to fly.  Here they are on the sheep shelter with Bertie, the ram and Moo the cat to keep them company!

Ducks at Eco-Gites of Lenault

Monday, 7 August 2017

Going Green #9 - Aug 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Plastic Free July ... for Ever!


Last month was Plastic Free July where we are asked to choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.  Did you take part ... and more importantly will you carry on reducing your plastic use now and for ever?!  I was really pleased to hear that it got a mention in Radio 4's You and Yours (A UK national radio consumer programme) although the response from both the supermarkets, the British Retail Consortium and the British Plastics Federation were depressing to say the least.  I will add a separate blog about what was said as soon as I can find a few minutes and add it to the linky.



Monday, 31 July 2017

Observations on #PlasticfreeJuly

So #PlasticFreeJuly is drawing to a close for 2017.  How was it for you?  Did you manage to refuse plastic and find alternatives?  Did you learn anything new and will you move forwards more plastic aware?  I know I learnt a lot from the month, some of which was rather depressing but some was really very uplifting. 

Plastic Free July 2017

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Home made foods > 4. Plastic packaging > 0.


July is Plastic Free July which aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. As part of the challenge one of my aims has been to make more foods that I might otherwise buy and which comes in plastic packaging.  So what have I managed ... 

1. Tortillas Wraps


Not only are these plastic wrapped*, they also contain a shed-load of additives AND palm oil.  This recipe for home-made tortillas from My Make Do and Mend Life popped up in my Facebook timeline and I am please do report that they were easy to make and tasted delicious.

Home made tortillas - A Green and Rosie Life


* I do reuse the plastic bags they come in - they are great for helping to keep lettuces fresh in the fridge and make good string packages for sandwiches and my own home-made bread.  But overall I would rather not have them and he fact the tortillas contain palm oil ensures they are no longer on my shopping list.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Saving the Iberian Lynx one salt pot at a time


Last week these pots of salt caught my eye for all the right reasons - they are made from cardboard and have a cork lid, not the usual plastic one.  The salt I normally buy comes in a plastic pot but this will be my salt of choice from now on, not just because of the lack of plastic (which in itself is a positive step forwards) but because the cork lids helps to preserve one of the rarest of our big cats - the Iberian Lynx.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Animal Tales - 101


Welcome to Animal Tales, the monthly linky just for all your animal stories.  Got an animal related blog post (old or new? Then come and link up!

A change to Animal Tales


Over the 100 linkies Animal Tales has taken a lot of my time - not that I ever mind reading about animals mind you.  I am also finding that my other linky Going Green is getting bigger by the month so I have decided that from now on Animal Tales will run just once a month ... on the second Tuesday.  It will stay open for a week ans from now on please link up to TWO of your animal posts. 


Monday, 3 July 2017

Going Green #8 - July 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Let's Ditch Single Use Plastic - Plastic Free July!


Last month The Marine Conservation Society ran their #PlasticChallenge which really managed to focus my mind on what plastic (especially single use) we use as a family.  This month the theme is continued through Plastic Free July where we are asked to choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.  Will you give it a go?  As a family we are gradually reducing single use plastic but we still do have a long way to go.  This was my shopping trolley this week:


There are still rather too many plastic lids and the toothbrushes are made from plastic and plastic wrapped but I am the lookout for non plastic alternatives. The pasta came in a cardboard box but it did have a small plastic window (I need to make my own!). 2 of the wine bottles have screw tops but the others may have plastic corks.  I normally get fruit juice in glass bottles but the 2 tetrapaks were in the bargain bucket at a very cheap price. Tetrapaks contain some plastic which can be recycled but the process uses more energy than creating new ones. So not an ideal environmental choice but a better one for my pocket.

How is your shopping trolley - can you reduce how much single use plastic it contains?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Animal Tales - 100


Welcome to the 100th Animal Tales.  Wow - 100 linkies bringing together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  And what a variety of animals there have been.  Everything from tiny insects to wonderful huge hippos.  (possibly not quite enough hippos but hey ho - I have loved seeing those that were linked up!!)  We have welcomed new pets into our lives and bid others the saddest of farewells.  I feel I have got to know many of your pets so well and have shed tears of laughter and sadness on so many posts.  Thank you all for your support.  

To celebrate I would love it if you would link up to THREE posts each which can include old ones you may already have linked but that you think might like another airing.  I know there are some posts I would love to read again.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Keeping Dogs Cool in Hot weather


As Britain and much of Europe wilt under the sudden onset of some extremely hot weather it is vitally important that we protect our dogs from the heat.  All too easily they can suffer heat stroke which in extreme cases can lead to death and therefore helping pooch to stay cool is vital in hot weather.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Does Zero Waste need a re-brand?



I have always been pretty good at not wasting too much stuff.  I think it brushed off from my mother who was born just before WWII and spent all her early years eeking things out, making them last and only throwing them away when they really had reached the point of zero usefulness. As her generation grew into young adults they took 2 very different paths.  Some threw off the shackles of the austere war years and others, like my Mum just carried on as before.  Those who changed started to buy more things and would have seen their waste levels creep up. They enjoyed the convenience of ready meals as they started to appear in the shops in the 70s and as they had money and things were freely available nobody questioned if they wasted some food, threw away the Christmas wrapping paper of filled their bin with plastic packaging etc.  In contrast we never wasted food and Mum knew how to make meals from left-overs, we had to open our presents carefully so the paper could be reused for the next year (and the one after that) and my mother did not waste her money on a lot of stuff she felt we didn't need ... stuff that was increasingly to be found in more and more packaging.

All this rubbed off on me. At university I read Environmental Science and a friend once pointed out that I was Green long before it was trendy to be so.

Fast forward a few years though, and with the advent of the Internet I learnt of a whole new level of waste reduction that I could never have envisaged >>> Zero-Waste. I saw pictures of zero-wasters holding a small glass jar containing their entire waste for a year – in some cases even more than that. Oh my goodness me. I thought I was good at not creating waste but it seems I am not. No, there are zero-wasters out there who have all but eliminated waste in their lives.

Image from Inhabitat

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Animal Tales - 99


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It usually runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.  However I have been away for a week (which is why Animal Tales is up a day late) so this week I will leave the linky open until Friday evening.

Next week is the 100th Animal Tales


Next week it will be the 100th Animal Tales which is a point I could never have envisaged reaching when I started the linky. We may not be up there with the big linkies that get masses of bloggers joining every week but I think we have some of the nicest posts of any linky ... not that I am biased or anything!!  So let's have a little Animal Tales party next time.  Cut yourself a slice of ckae, crack open the bubbly and then link up TWO posts.  You can link up any new post you have and if you want one that you have already linked before - maybe it is an absolute favourite and a post that you think everyone might like to revisit or maybe you feel it just needs a bit more love.  If you haven't got a new post why not add 2 old ones and let's celebrate the wonderful animal and their tales. 

 

Saari is 10 - Happy Birthday


10 years ago we moved to France.  A few weeks after we arrived we found a nearby dog refuge and went for a "quick look round" ... and came home with Saari, an 11 week old puppy!  She will be 10 this week so I thought I would celebrate this with some of my favourite pictures of her.  I hope you enjoy them too.

Thief - she finally pulled it over!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Going Green #7 - June 2017



Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Don't waste our planet!


At a time when President Trump has pulled out of The Paris Climate Agreement I feel the message that we must live in harmony with our planet, rather than destroying it must be raised to even higher levels.  Even if Trump was right and increased CO2 levels are not causing climate change, it is impossible to deny the environmental damage that man is inflicting on the entire planet.  From seas full of trillions of plastic particles, to habitat and species being lost at an frightening rate; from air pollution over our cities big and small to the pollution of our land and waterways by increasing amounts of waste with nowhere to put it ... Man is doing a very good job of changing this planet and not in a good way.  And this damage is not some one else's fault.  We all have our part to play to a lesser and greater degree and we all need to work towards a solution.   This month I am having a focus on plastic waste and you can join in too.  The Marine Conservation Society is running a #PlasticChallenge through June and my linked posts are two plastic challenges I am also setting you.  Are you up for a challenge?  Will you take the 100 step plastic challenge and/or my shopping trolley plastic challenge?


Saturday, 3 June 2017

My shopping trolley - a plastic reducing challenge


Throughout June the Marine Conservation Society UK is organising a #PlasticChallenge, encouraging everyone to reduce how much plastic they use, especially single use plastic.  You can find more details and how to sign up here.

Over the years I have gradually worked at reducing how much waste we, as a family produce, although I know I have a long way to go to become zero-waste (more of that in another blog, shortly) ... but I thought I would share this week's shopping trolley with you complete with my failures and successes, and some ideas on how I could further reduce my plastic consumption.

How much plastic is in your shopping trolley?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Take the 100 step plastic reduction challenge


In our modern world is is impossible to avoid plastic.  It is all around us that in many cases we probably do not even notice it yet its negative effect on the planet is devastating.  Plastic is made from fossil fuels that were laid down many millions of years ago, locking up carbon and you can read more about why this is so bad in a recent blog I wrote - 100 ways to reduce your plastic use. Scientists estimate that there are 269,000 tons of plastic pollution may be floating in the world's oceans made up of some 5.25 TRILLION plastic particles.  We are even eating plastic and microplastic particles have been found in mussels, oysters and sea scallops.  It is even estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic, by weight, in the ocean than fish.  That is plastic that YOU and I have used and thrown away. 


Image from the Marine Conservation Society

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Animal Tales - 98


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It usually runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.  However I have been away for a week (which is why Animal Tales is up a day late) so this week I will leave the linky open until Friday evening.

Duckling Update


Sadly one of the ducklings has disappeared - we are not sure what has happened to it but Harriet is trying her very best to keep the other 8 safe and still hisses at me when I go near her! 


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The UK's Obsession with Plastic Wrapped Fresh Produce


I am currently on a short holiday in the UK and today I went into a well known supermarket wanting some salad ingredients and a few bits and bobs to see me through.  Once in the shop something quickly struck me.  Practically all the fresh produce was wrapped in plastic.  Where was all the loose produce?  In France much more is available loose and the bags you use to put it in are made from corn not plastic and are biodegradable.  Or, maybe you are like me and you take your own reusable produce bags.


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Animal Tales - 97


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

We have DUCKLINGS!!


Just after the last #AnimalTales Harriet's ducklings hatched.  I've written a blog about them and how many she hatched from her nine eggs and linked it up below.

How many ducklings did Harriet hatch?

Monday, 1 May 2017

Going Green #6 - May 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find al the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.


GreenRosieLife is on Instagram!!


It's taken a while but I am finally on Instagram.  Please do head over and see if you think any of my photos deserve a like.  A follow would be much appreciated as I feel a bit small over there at the moment!



Thursday, 27 April 2017

Help Ban Wild Animals in Circuses


Roll up roll up - the circus is in town.  Doesn't everyone love them?  The big top with its slapstick clowns, daredevil acrobats and ...... oh and performing wild animals.  In 17 countries around the world, wild animals are not allowed in circuses but in France, the UK, the US and countless other countries this is not the case.  Throughout the summer, across France you will see posters proudly advertising whichever circus is in town and without a modicum of compassion also displaying the wild animals that will supposedly amaze and delight you.

STOP.  This is 2017 and I thought we had left such atrocities against Nature well and truly in the past.  But no, this is not the case and this was once again brought to my attention when Phoebe, a friend down in Provence, sent me pictures of this circus hippo that she snapped in her local town. Look carefully too and you will see lions caged in small travelling wagons acting as part of the hippo enclosure.

Photo by Phoebe from Lou Messugo

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Animal Tales - 96


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

Still waiting


Harriet the duck is STILL sitting tight on her eggs so fingers crossed I will have ducklings to show you on the next #AnimalTales.  In the meantime have a coo at some gorgeous duckling Hilda hatched a few years ago:


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Animal Tales - 95


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

Our ram is now called ...


In the last Animal Tales I asked you if you could name our new ram.  Whilst I did like Attachment Mummy and Chicken Ruby's idea of Rameses I felt that was a bit too like Rammy who I had before.  However, the French for ram is belier and so a joint family decision has been to call him Bertie Belier.  He appear to have rather a posh baaaa so I reckon Bertie is short for Bertram! 


Monday, 3 April 2017

Going Green #5 - April 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find al the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

****** Please note I am now changing the start date of Going Green to the first Monday of every month and the linky will stay open until the following Sunday evening. 

This is only a little linky but, as Going Green is a subject I believe in with a passion I hope, that with your help, it will go from strength to strength.  Please link up to 3 posts, old or new and let's work together to spread the word that Going Green is both important but also easy.  Please promote the linky on all your social media channels and amongst all your friends. Thank you 💚.


Friday, 31 March 2017

The Next Going Green Linky ...


... will open on Monday 3rd April 2017.  Hope you can come back then and link up any environmental stories you have.


A Green and Rosie Life

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Animal Tales - 94


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

An Apology


I appear to have totally lost track of time and thought #AnimalTales was next week so I am woefully unprepared today and I have not read your linked up posts from 2 weeks ago.  I am heading over to all your posts right now.  Am I forgiven?



Monday, 27 March 2017

Weekly Green Tips #48 - 9 Green rules to live by



Week 48 - 9 Green Rules



A year ago I started my Weekly Green Tips Series.  A blog post a week containing 7 green tips to give you a year of green tips (with a couple of "Super weeks" containing 21 tips).  This post gives you the final 7 tips, a summary of the underlying the messages that have been there throughout this series.  We all know the 3 Rs - Reduce, Re-use, Recycle but I would like to take this further and give you the 10 Rs.  The 10 green rules to live by.


Monday, 20 March 2017

Weekly Green Tips #47 - Greening Your Lawn



Week 47 - How to have a Green Lawn



Having a lawn is much greener (literally and environmentally) than a hard-surfaced garden but is is still not without sustainability problems.  There is the power to mow it and many lawn owners throw all sorts of chemicals on their lawns.  As ever though, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to have the greenest green lawn.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Animal Tales - 93


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

Are you getting my Animal Tales Reminders?


Now it might just be you are no longer writing about animals or don't wish to join in but over the last few weeks number of people joining in with Animal Tales has dropped off a little and I was actually wondering if you were getting my reminder tweets as it is pretty quiet over in Twitterland too.  If you are still getting my tweets could you say so in  a quick comment.  Many thanks.

And here's a taster of what I have linked up this week ....

Boy with duckling at Eco-Gites of Lenault, Normandy, France

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Weekly Green Tips #46 - Eco-Easter Ideas



Week 46 - 7 Eco-Easter Ideas



Like any time of celebration Easter can come with a lot of extra unnecessary packaging and unnecessary waste so why not buck the trend this year and go for an Eco-Easter.  It's easier than you think and both your pocket and your teeth will thank you!

Ideas fo an Eco-Easter


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Veg, Fruit and Foraged Foods in Season in March

What is seasonal food? 


If you grow your own vegetables the packet will tell you when you can expect to harvest the crop and this is when it is in season.  If you see vegetables for sale outside of this time then they are not in season and may well have been imported or grown under heat in a greenhouse.

Why eat seasonal food?


Food that is in season has many advantages over imported food or that grown under cover:
  • It will have the best and freshest taste.
  • It will have a higher nutritional value.
  • It is good for the environment as it will have low food low miles and less energy will have been used than glass-grown plants to produce it.
  • As a result it will be cheaper.
  • Finally, as a consumer, you will get seasonal variety and the excitement of the first taste of a just in-season food is hard to beat.  A strawberry in winter may look appetising but it has minimal taste compared to a summer one.


Friday, 3 March 2017

Weekly Green Tips #45 - Buying Sustainable Tropical Products



Week 45 - How to buy Sustainable Tropical Products



A theme that regular readers of my Weekly Green Tips series will recognise is that it is good for the environment to buy products that are produced locally.  They support the local community and have few transport miles associated with them.  So get your fruit and veg from the local farmers' market or farm shop whenever you can.  BUT, what if your local area cannot produce the things you want?  What about products grown in tropical regions.  Should you simply not buy them?  In fact the answer is you SHOULD buy them, but pick and choose which ones.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Going Green #4 - March 2017


Welcome to the fourth Going Green linky.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find al the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

This is only a little linky but, as Going Green is a subject I believe in with a passion I hope, that with your help, it will go from strength to strength.  Please link up to 3 posts, old or new and let's work together to spread the word that Going Green is both important but also easy.  Please promote the linky on all your social media channels and amongst all your friends. 💚


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Animal Tales - 92


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

Puppy sitting


I am currently puppy sitting and you can read more about why here.  It is going to be hard to say goodbye to the pup when he leaves although I think he might find it harder to say goodbye to our wood burner!


Monday, 27 February 2017

A new dog?


I am currently puppy sitting.  I look after various dogs when their owners are away but this is the first time I have had a puppy.  He is an American Staffordshire Terrier and, if you are in the UK, you will be forgiven for thinking that you have not heard of of AmStaffs before simply because the breed is not recognised there.  However, it is popular here in France.  This puppy belongs to people who live in England and who wanted an AmStaff so they came to France to buy him.  They asked if I would help source a puppy and then look after him initially.  The UK is a rabies free country and any dog entering the UK must have an up to date rabies jab and cannot arrive until 3 weeks after the jab is given ... hence why I am currently looking after a puppy.


Having a bundle of canine joy around the house is quite hard work but also great fun.  It is over 18 months since Harry was put down and 7 months before that when Poppy lost her fight against cancer  leaving Saari all alone.  Back after Harry died we felt we did not want to take on another dog but having had the puppy around it has got us thinking that maybe it would be nice.  Saari had lots of canine friends staying and when they go she does seem lonely.  So we have started talking about getting  a new dog .... although what dog?

Puppy or an older dog?  A puppy means you can train them more easily but it is hard to get puppies from refuges which is where all my previous dogs have come from.  I don't want to home a puppy from a breeder when there are hundreds if not thousands of other unwanted dogs languishing in dogs' homes.  Maybe I could home a Pot Cake Dog from Guadeloupe?!

What breed?  As I have already written, I have previously always had Black Labradors with the exception of Saari who is a Husky cross German Shepherd.  As a child my parents had lurchers and having recently seen a gorgeous lurcher I would not be averse to another of those.  That said though, they are a touch prone to chasing hares and with a healthy hare population locally (one of my all time favourite animals) maybe that is not a good idea.  What about something smaller then?  After I left home my parents had terriers and I do really like small hairy terriers; Lakeland/Border etc.  They can, however, be head strong and harder to train but they'd hopefully be great at keeping rats down.  Saari, in her youth, was a great mouser but I'd never seen her catch a rat and having had a rat run over my feet a couple of nights ago in the chicken shed, a ratting dog does seems like a good idea.

There are a few things that I would NOT want.  I do not really want another overly hairy dog. Saari sheds enough hair all year round to make me think that maybe we should go for a bald dog??  Actually no - I have googled them and they are too weird looking!  But something short haired that doesn't overly shed hair.  And white - I live on a smallholding and walk through muddy fields.  I am not having a white dog!  Nor a toy breed.  In fact a mongrel would probably suit just fine.


Some people argue that actually owning a dog is not sustainable and pets can use up a lot of resources and thus energy over their lifetime.  On the other side though there are many good reasons to own a dog including that they are good for your physical and mental health, they can have a purpose (ratting for example which is infinitely better than poison) and they teach you about caring for living things.  I blogged about how to own a sustainable pet a while back.

I have only ever been without a dog for very short periods of my life and my home felt there was something important missing.  Saari isn't getting any younger, in fact she will be 10 in June and I think now is a good time to start looking for a dog again.


So that is as far as I've got really.  Probably more questions than answers and anyway I cannot do anything until the puppy has left.  But if there is a nice smallish terrier type pup, keen to earn its keep ratting but not keen on chasing hares and not white then there might just be a new home waiting for you in Normandy!

Do you own a dog?  What sort have you got and what do you think I should get?

ANIMALTALES

Friday, 24 February 2017

Weekly Green Tips #44 - Why Cook from Scratch (Part 2)



Week 44 - 7 Green Reasons to Cook from Scratch (Part 2)



As promised here are 7 more green reasons you should be cooking from scratch and not buying ready meals or takeaways.  The first 7 reasons can be found here.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Weekly Green Tips #43 - Why Cook from Scratch (Part 1)



Week 43 - 7 Green Reasons to Cook from Scratch (Part 1)



When I started to write this blog post I thought I might struggle to get to 7 reasons why cooking from scratch is good for the environment ... turns out I came up with far more reasons so once you've read these 7 reasons to head to Reasons to Cook from Scratch (Part 2).




Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Animal Tales - 91


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

An Apology


Thank you to everyone who joined in with the last Animal Tales and while I have read all the blogs I am sorry if I am yet to comment.  I have been very tied up with something non blog related and #AnimalTales rather slipped off my radar.  I do apologise and normal animal service will be resumed very soon.  In the meantime will a cute Spring picture make up fr my lack of comments?  In fact if you pop over to my blog over on Eco-Gites of Lenault I have used this picture for a caption competition!


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Weekly Green Tips #42 - Green Holiday Ideas



Week 42 - 7 Eco Holiday Ideas



Last week I wrote about the reasons to avoid all inclusive holidays.  Today I offer you 7 alternatives that are all much more eco-friendly, varying from a traditional self catering holiday to a working holiday learning new countryside skills.  What will your next holiday be and will it be great for the environment?



Thursday, 9 February 2017

Veg, Fruit and Foraged Foods in Season in February

What is seasonal food? 


If you grow your own vegetables the packet will tell you when you can expect to harvest the crop and this is when it is in season.  If you see vegetables for sale outside of this time then they are not in season and may well have been imported or grown under heat in a greenhouse.

Why eat seasonal food?


Food that is in season has many advantages over imported food or that grown under cover:
  • It will have the best and freshest taste.
  • It will have a higher nutritional value.
  • It is good for the environment as it will have low food low miles and less energy will have been used than glass-grown plants to produce it.
  • As a result it will be cheaper.
  • Finally, as a consumer, you will get seasonal variety and the excitement of the first taste of a just in-season food is hard to beat.  A strawberry in winter may look appetising but it has minimal taste compared to a summer one.


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Weekly Green Tips #41 - Reasons to Avoid All Inclusive Holidays



Week 41 - 7 Reasons to avoid All Inclusive Holidays


Now I know everyone has a different idea of their perfect holiday from staying in a cosy cottage to backpacking around Tibet and for some an all inclusive resort ticks a lot of their good holiday boxes.  However there are some good environmental reasons to not book all inclusive.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Going Green #3 - Feb 2017


Welcome to the third Going Green linky.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find al the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

I cannot believe we are already in February - I do hope all your Green Resolutions are going well.  I fear I need to revisit some of mine and give them a bit of a kick start.  I might therefore give myself time to action a few more and feed back in a month.  One of mine was to building the Going Green Linky, so I now leaving that in your capable hands! You can link up to 3 posts per person.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Animal Tales - 90


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

Saari


I was looking for a particular picture recently and stumbled across some of Saari I'd not seen in ages.  I can't believe she'll be 10 this summer so that's a lot of canine memories I have stored away.  I will put some of my favourites in a separate post but I think if Saari had to choose one favourite it might be this one.  She loves the snow!  Not that we have had any snow yet this winter but she (and the boys) are ever hopeful.


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Weekly Green Tips #40 - Foods to Forage for


Week 40 - My 7 Favourite Foraged Foods


I love foraging.  It takes me back to my childhood rushing off to pick blackberries after school (and before Mum could tell me to do my homework) and also massively appeals to my frugal and natural sides.  But what are my 7 favourite foods to forage for?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Is it Weird to be Green?







Weird

/wɪəd/
adjective
1. Suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie
2. Strange or bizarre

Source - Thesaurus.com


I ask this because several times recently I have been reading green blogs where the writer has used the word weird.  There was Susie's Weird Green Christmas and Ness mentioned that you could still be green at work without being branded the office weirdo.  But both these are lovely ladies and they are most definitely not weird in my book and they were writing about things that should be totally normal - about reducing and reusing, about taking steps towards a better world.  So why should these ideas be seen as weird especially when you realise that the first antonym given in my online dictionary for weird is NATURAL?  And look at all these other antonyms from the thesaurus ....

weird. (n.d.). Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Retrieved January 24, 2017 from Thesaurus.com website http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/weird

Being Green might be perceived as being weird but in our weird world it is really the other way round.  Being Green is genuine, good, natural, usual and I hope, it time, it will become normal and ordinary, what everyone does every day without even thinking and not doing these should be seen as being weird.  I, for one, am proud to be green and if that means I am also labelled weird then I am happy to go with that ... but I do hope in time the tables will turn and it will be those who do not embrace green principles who will be seen as being weird.  In a time of great environmental uncertainty under the current leadership of America, we need to work even harder to make green normal.

Are you proud to be green and by association also proud to be the one of the weird ones?

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