garden blog

I’ve got a July round up for you today.  Do you remember my weekly link round-ups?  ‘ll be honest with you they were proving to be a bit much for me.  They’re a surprising amount of work!  Rather than disband the idea completely, I thought what about a monthly round-up?

There’s a lot to round up – July has been a busy month on the blog.  There was a big focus on ethical fashion this month, with women’s ethical sale picks, men’s ethical sales picks; a guide to ethical sleepwear; an ethical fashion infographic; and I was really pleased to kick off my new ethical style feature, with a great chat with Ceri Heathcote on her ethical style.

There was a focus on the garden too with a guide to edible flowers and some wildlife pond ideas.

clafoutis

I shared my gooseberry clafoutis recipe.  Moral Fibres reader Nat had a go at making it and it looks delicious!

I then shared Mel Wiggin’s recycled necklace DIY, and Bikeable Jo’s ingenious way for skirt wearers to ride a bike without a red face.

I also looked at environmentally friendly cleaning products that work, shared my natural skincare regime, and last but not least shared a really simple way to save up to 50% of the energy that your dishwasher uses. There’s been a lot to round up – it’s been a busy old July on the blog!

Our garden also came good this month (we beat the slugs!) and our courgettes and patty pans are flourishing!  Hooray! We harvested our first courgettes and patty pans and made these delicious halloumi kebabs drizzled in balsamic vinegar for dinner the other night, which I shared on Instagram (before grilling them):

Our beans and cucamelons (first photo in this post) are coming along nicely too after a stunted start.  We had to relocate them to a more favourable spot for them – it seems they like growing behind our shed best!

In other news, this month there is a new sponsor on the blog: SWAGS World®.  SWAGS World is a UK-based social enterprise that works with women artisans around the world, combining traditional artisan handicrafts with modern design to create beautiful products that empower women.  As well as partnering with women artisan entrepreneurs to create handmade goods; they also provide education and business opportunities and offer support to the craftswomen.

Currently, they have a small but perfectly formed range of ethical goods in their online shop, like these beautiful handcrafted sandals (£28):

swags world

I was also really pleased to have Lost Shapes join us again as a blog sponsor.  In case you’re a new reader to Moral Fibres, Lost Shapes sell beautiful hand-printed organic cotton ethical t-shirts.  All t-shirts are designed by artist Anna Brindle in her Somerset studio and have such striking and unique prints.

My current favourites are the Pop men’s t-shirt (£18) and the Spy Pigeon women’s t-shirt (£18):

ethical t-shirts

I also read a lot of good things in July that I’ll round up here:

Some tasty-looking vegan recipes: grilled cherry milkshakes and a no-bake chocolate raspberry tart.

Some truly excellent environmental news (the best I’ve heard in a long time): solar outcompetes coal in Australia and wind power is now the cheapest form of power in Denmark.  High fives all round!

Time-lapse videos of flowers opening – truly stunning.

This moss graffiti is surprisingly pretty!

Elderflower ice-cubes!

Mommy Emu’s inspiring journey to being more eco-friendly.

Lyndsey’s stunning sweet pea balcony.

And finally, I was a bit of an idiot and accidentally deleted my Moral Fibres Google+ page!  Is it just me that finds Google+ so hard to work?  I’ve set up a new page though, so if you’re on Google+ you can join me there!

How was your July?

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