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Weekend Links & Photos

I thought I’d start a new little feature here in weekend links – sharing some photos from my week, before sharing the links I found interesting this week:

cherry blossom in may

I’m obsessed with the cherry blossom – it’s extra beautiful this year.  We have some beautiful trees in our village.

the meadows edinburgh

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Meadows this week.  Such a great spot in the middle of Edinburgh with loads of great independent cafes round about it (and in it) (my favourite is Peter’s Yard), and some good play parks.  There’s also, crucially, some good cherry blossom going on at the moment!  See also the top photo, also from the Meadows.

canal walk

We’ve enjoyed lots of family walks – everything is coming into bloom at the moment and it’s exciting to see it all just ready to pop up!

wild garlic in the woods

There is currently a sea of wild garlic (also known as ramsons) in the woods around here.  Now (May)  is a great time to pick a few leaves and add them to soups, omelettes, risottos or pasta sauces (after washing well).  You want to pick them before the flowers appear or they can taste a bit bitter.

Now on to the links:

This is kind of amazing – best way to get your kids to eat cauliflower (make sure you scroll down to see what someone’s done with a melon…! )

The top 10 eco films of all time – How do you fare?  I’ve only see one movie on that list (even though I’ve worked in two cinemas in my lifetime), and I’m not even embarrassed to say that it was Wall-E – pre-motherhood at that!

Recycled tiles made from old TVs!

When communities get together this is what they can achieve!  So inspiring!

The best thing I’ve read all week – one man makes shelters for the homeless from discarded items found in skips.

From the Moral Fibres archives: how to revive dying bees, how to make your own natural cleaning products, and affordable eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners.

Have a good weekend!

weekend links

Weekend Links

Hello, how have you been?  It’s been a busy few weeks here: nothing like a nice relaxing weekend full of toddler birthday parties ahead of to rest and revive me, right?!  If you’re up to something a bit more relaxing this weekend then let me know in the comments so I can live vicariously through you!

Here are some weekend links for your reading pleasure:

It’s been a few years since I last swam in the sea, but after seeing this I’m feeling a tiny bit sick when  think about all those mouthfuls of seawater I’ve probably swallowed over the course of my life!

Can’t stop thinking about this tiny house that Andrew and Gabriella Morrison built and live in.  I think it’s amazing!

I feel like I eat the same things every morning so I’ve been looking for some healthy breakfast alternatives.  I think this berry bircher recipe from A Girl Called Jack might hit the spot.

Let’s be honest, some environmental news can be a bit dry or depressing.  So I really enjoyed this light-hearted and amusing look at reducing carrier bag usage by Craig Shattner:

IF you’re reading on a mobile or via email subscription then here’s the link here.

An incredibly polite elephant.

I’ve started reading this book* by John Jackson on smallholding – so far so good!  “You don’t know what you can do until you try to do it” is such a good motto for life!

From the archives – what to sow in your garden or allotment in May; how cooking can change your life; and now the sun is making an appearance – a guide to eco-friendly sunscreen.

Don’t forget to enter the Cred Jewellery giveaway – it’s only open until Wednesday!

That’s it – enjoy your bank holiday weekend and see you next week!

 

Image by Ennor.

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