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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Plastic-free update

I thought it was about time that I wrote about how we were getting on with reducing single use plastic in our house.  It's something that we're conscious of all the time, but we've not found it not as easy as you might think to just stop using all plastics as there are so many of them in everyday use.  We've decided that rather than try to change everything wholesale (which might mean creating more plastic waste as we just throw things away), we'll change what we can when we reach a point that something needs replacing.

You can see what we've been up to so far here and here, but here's a short recap.  So far, we've replaced tea bags with loose leaf tea ...



That was an easy change to make and we're still enjoying our tea from Brew Tea Company*

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Monthly Musing - July 2019 - Circle of life

There’s nothing like a funeral to bring a bit of perspective to life, is there?  One day you’re grumbling about the heat and whether small daughter is going to any tidying up at all in her bedroom over the holidays, the next you’re travelling on a train to the other side of the country to say a final goodbye to Uncle Mick, my husband’s cousin.  

Being the laid-back kind of person that he was, he would probably just shrug his shoulders and say, “Everything happens for a reason”.  He was a retired firefighter so I can imagine that he had his own perspective on life and mortality, and he also had time to make plans for his own funeral – something which must surely be a bit scary as well as being a comfort - which is why we all wore sports shirts instead of something black (but not for the football team that we support as they are arch-rivals of the one that he supported and he didn’t want that at all!).

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Phew!

It's been hot, hot, HOT here in the UK this week and we're just not good at extremes of weather here as we're used to seasons that generally (and gently) blur into each other through the rain showers.  

This week, though, the competitive weather reports have been in full force and we're set to be hotter than Ibiza (Metro newspaper), hotter than Morocco (Evening Standard) and hotter than Sicily (Heart Radio).  I don't know why we have to be hotter than everywhere else, or why it really matters that people think we are, but that's what the media like to tell us.