Lessons learned about Christmas tree shopping

Note to self: A Christmas tree in a field looks much smaller than a Christmas tree in a front room! Yesterday we trotted off to Ashburton Christmas tree farm and it was fab! There were loads if different height trees and we found a lovely one. A lovely man cut it down and rammed itContinue reading “Lessons learned about Christmas tree shopping”

A sustainable Christmas

So coming up is the most expensive, stressful and indulgent time of year – you guessed it Christmas! I am not a great lover of Christmas however Mark and Samuel still believes in Father Christmas so I have no escape. These are some of the things we will be trying to do to be asContinue reading “A sustainable Christmas”

Holidays, Sustainability and Blackpool Pleasure Beach

When we started our year of living sustainably we had visions of our summer holiday being very environmentally friendly perhaps camping in a yurt and swimming in a nearby river, nutritious meals cooked on an open fire with foraged food from the forest……you get the picture! As with all of life there is compromise soContinue reading “Holidays, Sustainability and Blackpool Pleasure Beach”

Bye bye wormery – hello petition

The wormery is no longer however I did find one lucky surviving worm who has been rehomed next to the wisteria. We are not beaten though! The reason we had to buy a wormery is that our local council in Plymouth doesn’t collect food waste. Every other council in Devon does so why aren’t we? SoContinue reading “Bye bye wormery – hello petition”

The Sustainable Dinner party

Guest blog from Claire Turbutt: So the reason I’m writing this blog is that I invited Jane and Mark to a dinner party, I hadn’t chosen the theme at the time of the invite and Jane ‘convinced’ me to hold a sustainable dinner party. I didn’t know what I’d let myself in for! So I’mContinue reading “The Sustainable Dinner party”

Local heroes

Sustainable wine tasting Last night we had a fab night wine tasting from a local organic vineyard owner – it was so much fun and really interesting for geeks like us. The owner and his wife, Eric and Petra Sage were so entertaining and the wine was so good too! They have been there forContinue reading “Local heroes”

Lessons learned from our hols

We are just back after a week’s holiday up North and in Somerset seeing lots of family and we probably had our worst time in terms of sustainability since we started the year. The holiday started off badly with both me and Mark being very under the weather and feeling sorry for ourselves – SamuelContinue reading “Lessons learned from our hols”

My day of shopping

Since starting our year we have often been asked “What exactly are you buying now?” “What is different?” So this blog is trying to explain where we are up to – we are not totally there yet – wherever there is! Mark keeps complaining the fridge is empty and it is definitely emptier from theContinue reading “My day of shopping”

Our local butchers has gone back to paper.

A lovely visit to our local butcher today and so pleased as they have gone back to greaseproof paper and paper bags! It is fantastic and shows that it can be done. Both Craig and Maria (pictured) who run Plympton Gribbles are really enthusiastic and although it take a little longer they say all theirContinue reading “Our local butchers has gone back to paper.”

Please tell me this tastes better than it looks!

I am not sure if this is a joke – is this brown ball thing actually a vegetable? It looks like a alien’s brain – surely it has got to taste better than it looks – help us with some ideas! Also our oranges have shrunk….I think fruit and veg knowledge is clearly lacking.