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 … Continue reading Lessons learned about Christmas tree shopping
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 as sustainable as possible this year: Christmas tree and decorations We always have a debate every year about whether to buy a fake one (Jane) in the sales or get a real one (Mark). After some research it seems going for the real thing is the … Continue reading A sustainable Christmas
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 … Continue reading Holidays, Sustainability and Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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? So we have set up a petition to ask the Council to get on it! In the recent local elections the Labour party came back into power and as part of their manifesto they promised to trial food waste collections and home composting. Our aim to … Continue reading Bye bye wormery – hello petition
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 … Continue reading The Sustainable Dinner party
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 … Continue reading Local heroes
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 – Samuel was fit and healthy though! On a positive note Mark bought a new reusable coffee cup at Gloucester services but it went downhill from then on. He decided to present the cup to me in the cardboard wrapping, but when asked for the coffee it … Continue reading Lessons learned from our hols
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 … Continue reading My day of shopping
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 … Continue reading Our local butchers has gone back to paper.
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. Continue reading Please tell me this tastes better than it looks!