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Ten Things – 13th August 2017

family camping

family camping

Hello!  How was your week?  We are planning on going on our first family camping trip soon, so are on preparation mode at the moment, making lists of things we need to borrow or buy.  My partner and I camped a lot before having kids, but suddenly camping with kids seems like a whole new ball game.  Send me your tips if you and your family are seasoned campers!  We’re not going far for our first trip – just locally – but the idea of getting our kids to sleep in an unfamiliar environment is still daunting!

This week’s links for you!

1. First up, my favourite read of the week – the dustbin man who rescued over 20,000 books over 20 years to create a free community library.  I love this so much, but I couldn’t help but think who throws books away?!

2. Excitingly, IKEA has started selling solar panels.

3. Costa Rica aims to be the first country to ban all single use plastics.  Go Costa Rica!

4. Do we need a new environmental vocabulary?

5. How to source what you need when you’re buying nothing new.

6. A great read on why we fell for clean eating.

7. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Lush, but then I read that Lush is helping its workers leave Brexit Britain and keep their jobs and they have seriously gone up in my estimation.

8.  The real hero is Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel” isn’t Al Gore – “If the world is going to solve climate change in this political environment, it’s going to be on the backs of a huge collective of activists — not a 69-year-old self-described recovering politician“.

9.  Why bees build hexagons.  Fascinating.

10.  The best thing I’ve watched all week.  I adore this.

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

1, I read somewhere that edible flowers are a trend now thanks to Instagram.  Here’s how to get in on the edible flower action.

2. It’s peak jam and preserving season.  Here’s a guide on how to sterilise jars if you’re new to it all.

3.  I rely on soda crystals to clean my home.  Here’s a a handy guide to soda crystals uses.

Enjoy your weekend!


PS, In case you missed it, do catch up with the 6th August Ten Things post.

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Ten Things – 6th August 2017

farmers market

farmers market

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!


PS: In case you missed it, do catch up with the 30th July Ten Things post.