weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things

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!


weekend links

Ten Things

link round up post

link round up post

Hello hello!  Good week?  Is it just me or does it feel like Sunday has rolled around especially fast this week?  After quite a busy week my plans for the day include all the exciting stuff such as tidying up, as our house looks like a total mess right now (keeping it real!), and my daughter has put in a request to bake scones.  I also plan to binge watch the new series of Top of The Lake as the last series was just so good.

Here are some interesting things I’ve read this week:

1. In case you haven’t heard, the big environmental news of the week is that Britain is to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040.  I think it’s a good step, but not the best step – I believe relying on technology to carry on business as normal is the easy road.  I think the Government has to take a more progressive stance, and invest more in providing better alternatives to car use.  So funding better and safer walking and cycle routes and facilities; reducing the cost of public transport; expanding the routes and frequency of public transport; and so many other things that I could spend the whole day listing.  But I won’t, don’t worry (I save that for my day job!).

2. The 21 kids suing the Trump administration over inaction on climate change are inspiring similar cases around the world.  And winning.

3. Millennials are encouraging retailers to commit to transparent pricing, and it’s helping to encourage those involved in the production are being paid a fair wage.  Way to go millennials!

4.  The power of habit – why we do what we do.  I’m not normally into stuff like this, but I’m listening to this TEDx talk right now and it’s pretty fascinating.  He’s written a book by the same name too* and I’m tempted!

5.  “For years we’ve able to buy gluten-free, dairy-free, and fat-free, so why not plastic-free?” – 9 out of 10 people in the UK want to see supermarkets introduce a plastic free aisle.  I am on board with this!

6.  Related: a petition to sign asking supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging on fruit and vegetables.

7.  Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals.

8.  Could paying people to stop chopping down trees be the answer to deforestation?  It may well be.

9. The three most important things to look for on a clothing label.

10. And finally, Edinburghers, get rewarded by recycling!

And from the Moral Fibres archives:

Handy tips to make fresh food last longer.

I still love this beautiful home in Bristol.

Small ideas to incorporate a green roof into your home.

Enjoy your Sunday!