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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!



  1. Hi Wendy, Aldi also have fruit canes this week, I got Tayberries yesterday and I am going to incorporate them into a windbreak hedge that I am planting to the front of our newly constructed shepherds hut, which is going to be our Gluten Free Homebakery. Our business name is Gloot – Oot and we’re based in Fife. Our goods will be handmade using the finest ingredients: Organic, Gluten Free, Fair Trade, etc. Find us on Facebook – , and ( hope by next year we can incorporate some of our own homegrown berries into the mix. There is also a company , I think that they are based in Fife and they have wonderful reasonably priced fruit bushes, trees and lots of homegrown native hedging that is grown here in Scotland and will stand up to the rigours of a Scottish winter. Happy Planting folks!

  2. The pet one is a tough one. I work in animal welfare and used to run a cat TNR and rescue group — and I currently have cats. It’s unlikely I’ll stop having them because there are so many in need at any given time. Re shelter trends, dog rescue is often doing significantly better than cat when you look at euthanasia numbers (except for pits) in most places. I just try to put my energy into spaying/neutering rescue or existing feral cats to help stop the cycle of breeding and helping to reduce suffering for cats already here. Right now their suffering trumps the ecological impact for me though the “food animal” animal welfare issue has always been a cognitive dissonance thing for me and several times I’ve questioned whether I should just euthanize all my cats but obviously would not and could not decide to do that.

    I’ve been vegetarian for 27 years and vegan for 22 of those years so I totally support that for people (obviously) but I’m holding out hope for test tube meat for cats, who are obligate carnivores and unlikely to be erased from our landscape any time soon.

    • It’s a tough one indeed, but it sounds like what you’re doing is lovely! If we ever got another pet I would definitely go down the rehoming route, and chickens – well, you can rehome battery chickens, which I would love to do!


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