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August is on it’s way out, and I’m a little sad about that.  It’s always a little sad to see the last full month of summer fall to the wayside.  We’ve had a really busy, full  month enjoying all that summer has had to offer us.  We also had some less fun times – my other half and his sister were involved in a bus crash.  Thankfully they’re both ok but it was a little scary to get that phone call.  There were some other less fun times too but it’s safe to say the good definitely outweighed the bad!

 Whilst I was quite busy in real life, August was a bit quieter on the blog.  It’s nice to take a break sometimes, so I took a holiday in Fife (I’m sharing a bit more of it in a few days).  We also got an allotment, which we are so excited about!

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I shared Franca’s colourful and eclectic ethical style, and also shared a delicious cucumber pickle recipe with fennel flowers.  I also shared how you could cut your energy bills by up to £180 a year by not very doing much.

 Zero Waste Week is coming up very soon (tomorrow!), so in preparation for that I asked you how you deal with your food waste, and whether or not you should compost cooked food waste.  Thanks for all of your tips and advice on these matters – it was really useful and we’re thinking about upgrading our conventional composter to something better!

 Outside of the blog I spent a lot of time in Edinburgh for the Festival.  I’ve been taking my daughter along to it since she was tiny, but this is the first year that she’s taken an interest in it.  As she’s still so young I’ve not taken her to any paid shows – we just take in the free events on the Royal Mile and around the city, but it’s always such a blast!

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A typical Edinburgh Festival street entertainer!  In the top photo he’s lying on a bed of nails; and in the second photo that’s a rubber glove on his head…!  If you ever get the chance to visit the Festival you should – it’s so much fun.  The whole city comes alive with performers!

I’ve not spent a lot of time on the internet this month, but I did find two great websites that I wanted to share.  I’m looking to reduce the amount of processed foods that we eat, and reduce the amount of sugar, wheat and dairy we consume, so it was really great to stumble upon the sites of Deliciously Ella and Susan Jane White.  Both cook such delicious looking healthy and nutritious food, that it’s hard to believe they don’t contain any nasties.  As a matter of fact I’ve ordered Susan’s cookbook, The Extra Virgin Kitchen (affiliate link) and am eagerly awaiting for the postman to arrive!  Susan shared this banana toffee ice-cream recipe from the book that looks beyond words!

healthy banana toffee ice-cream recipe

How amazing does that look?!

Other things I found interesting this month:

editing your wardrobe / give me gratitude or give me debt / a tomato and courgette frittata / spending a year without shopping / is this the world’s first unstealable bike?

I’m also gearing myself up for September.  As well as having a birthday and the changing of the seasons, there is a lot to look forward to.  The Scottish Referendum for one – I am already incredibly excited about that!

See you on the flip side!

ps: if you’re looking to get preserving this September then may I recommend this blackberry and vanilla jam recipe, and this elderberry cordial recipe.  If you only make those two things then your autumn will be complete!  See also sloe gin!