weekend links

weekend links

Ten (Good) Things

Things are tough right now so in a deviation from the norm, I thought I would share some of the things getting us through lockdown, and some things that I thought might be helpful to others.

1. Members of my favourite Facebook group – Terrible Art in Charity Shops – are recreating some of the group’s best-loved finds and it’s been cracking me up.

2. This super old post from my archives on recycled craft ideas for kids might be a handy one for entertaining bored kids for free.

3. Draw With Rob is a great online drawing tutorial for kids.

4. Free artist activity packs.

5. I’m not a yoga person, but Cosmic Kids online yoga for little ones, and online yoga for adults are both great ways to get some exercise in. As is Joe Wicks, who does great live PE classes for kids, as well as workouts for seniors – from chair-based exercises to full body workouts.

6. Fleabag the play is being streamed online for charity.

7. This is wonderful: a creative arts competition for the over 70’s unable to leave the house. The King Lear Prizes are to encourage ordinary people, who have never been published before and are not professional writers, musicians or artists, to create new works of literature, poetry, music and art during the time they are quarantined. The short-listed and winning submissions will be made public on their website and in their email newsletter, and they hope to be able to present online performances by eminent actors and musicians.

8. For as long as schools are closed, all of Audible’s kids audiobooks are free.

9. This post on civilisation was beautiful.

10. A reminder that whatever the situation, you are never alone. A helpful compendium of help.

Do share anything which is helping you get through these tough times – I’d really love to hear.

Remember, it’s vitally important that we all stay home this Easter weekend, unless you’re a keyworker, in which case, a million thank-yous. The more that we stay in, and keep our distance, the sooner we can get out of lockdown.

weekend links

Ten Things

environmental blog

environmental blog

Hiya!  Good week?  We’re in the last throes of the school year (school finishes up for summer on Friday) and I’m half looking forward to not having to be up and out the house so early each day, and half wondering how it’s all going to work with childcare and work.  Rather than sit and worry about it all, we packed up our buckets and spades and fishing nets, and spent yesterday at the beach, at my eldest daughter’s request.  It wasn’t quite beach weather, but it felt good to walk along the windswept beach and blow the cobwebs away!

Here are this week’s links:

1.  Positive and powerful words from Al Gore – “The fight against global warming is one of humanity’s great moral movements, alongside the abolition of slavery, the defeat of apartheid, votes for women and gay rights“.

2.  One positive to spring from the hung parliament.

3.  Cutting paper waste, one avocado barcode label at a time.  I think this is brilliant – I’ve always hated those sticky labels.

4.  Sad news for Dormice (just don’t read the comments)

5.  Is ethical fashion elitist?

6.  Could tequila be key in the battle against climate change?

7.  Sometimes I am amazed at how people’s brains work, and what they come up with.  Case in point.

8.  This was an interesting article on how one couple created their own alternative economy.

9.  Tea for hot weather.  I’ll drink to that.

10.  Beautiful cyanotypes from the 1800s.  Who knew algae could be so beautiful?

And finally, three things from the Moral Fibres archives you might have missed:

Some useful ethical shopping resources.

Homemade beauty products to make.

Upcycled clothing ideas.

Enjoy your Sunday!