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Ten Things

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Hello hello!  Good week?  Good weekend?  We are planning to spent some quality time on our allotment today.  Aldi have a load of cheap fruit canes at the moment – £1.79 – so we are going to buy a few raspberry and gooseberry canes to plant now for fruiting next year.   We’ve found plants like this grow really really well on our allotment, and are naturally slug proof, so we always get a high yield for very little effort.  That’s my favourite kind of gardening!

I also loved all of your responses to this post and I am planning to sit down today with a cup of tea to go through them all!  All your green efforts make me so proud!

Here are this week’s links:

1. Some food for thought – should we stop keeping pets?  We have a parrot (she’s 13 this year and came with my partner when we got together – a step pet if you will!  We love her but I certainly wouldn’t encourage anyone to get one for the reasons in the article) and some fish but I don’t think we’d have any more pets.  Well, apart from chickens if we ever have the garden space!

2.  Old news which is new to me – in case you missed it at the time too then this woman is straight up amazing.

3.  Huffington Post have launched a new sustainable living site.

4.  Is Game of Thrones secretly all about climate change?

5.  It turns out you can built bike lanes from just about anything.

6.  My Twitter friend Anna has put together a great Kindle e-Book on 101 ways to reduce your food waste*.

7.  The winning photos from the National Geographic photo of the year competition are amazing.

8.  This starfish is completely and utterly mesmerising.

9. The darker side of melting glaciers.  I found this oddly fascinating.

10.  And finally, what would happen if everyone in America ate beans instead of beef?  Spoiler, all good things.

And three posts from the Moral Fibres archive you might have missed:

1. How to make pickled cucumber with fennel.  So good in every way!

2. Uses for coconut oil.  A substitute for WD40 you say?

3. A handy guide to what’s in season in August.

Enjoy your Sunday!


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Tell Me A Secret

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Hello!  How’s your Wednesday going?  For fun, I fancy doing something a bit different today: I thought we could have a chat!

Sometimes when you write a blog it can feel like you are just talking to your computer, and you can forget there are actual people like yourselves out there reading and following along.  I couldn’t help but think the other day that it would be really nice to open things up and have a chat, and encourage you to chat amongst each other too.

I’m curious to know what green achievements of yours are you most proud of?  Have you grown your own food?  Started cycling to work?  Became a full time vegan or vegetarian?  Something else?  I’m all ears!  We really should be shouting more about the things we do, and sharing it in the comments might inspire someone else to give it a go!

I’m also curious to know what green things maybe aren’t going so well for you, and that maybe you need help with, or you’ve had to concede isn’t for you?  Maybe I can help or a Moral Fibres reader can help?

To start the conversation, for me, in terms of what I’m proud of, well, our allotment is doing great this year.  Really great.  We have loads of apples, tomatoes, plums, and peas about to ripen.  We’ve had a bumper crop of rhubarb.  I don’t get over there as much as I’d like but once the girls are a little older I hope to be able to help out a lot more, but it’s so exciting to see everything coming along.

In terms of things that aren’t going so well, I’m sure I have mentioned before that the thing I really really REALLY struggle with is giving up cheese.  I’ve found a vegan milk substitute that doesn’t curdle, but cheese is a whole other ballgame.  Especially halloumi and mozzarella.  I do love a bit of pizza (we have pizza night every Friday), and having tried homemade vegan pizza it just wasn’t the same.  I’ve cut down my dairy intake (I have red pepper hummous sandwiches packed for my lunch today!) and I feel disappointed that I can’t kick the cheese habit.  I’ve tried vegan cheese (or Gary as it was called a little while ago) and just felt disappointment.  Any tips?