September Roundup

pebble beach
pebble beach

Hello!  How are you all?  September has been a busy one on the blog and I thought I’d recap:

At the start of September, I took part in the brilliant Zero Waste Week.  I kicked off the week with my guide on freezing lemons, then shared a healthy pancake recipe that’s brilliant for using up black bananas.  I then rounded up the week with my 10 easy tips to reduce food waste:

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 Whilst I was busy in the kitchen whipping up pancakes I took literally one minute out to make some pumpkin pie spice.  It’s the easiest thing ever, and now when you see American recipes calling for pumpkin pie spice you can whip out your own batch without having to buy spices online and have them sent over all the way from America.

Ethical Fashion

Ethical fashion has also been a big focus of September.  I’m really enjoying the Your Ethical Style series on the blog.  This month I shared two different ethical style posts from around the world – first up was Summer Edwards’ ethical style all the way from Australia, and Tilly Johnson’s ethical style from a bit closer to home – Yorkshire.  I’m always looking for contributions so if you want to take part then do let me know!

your ethical style

On the subject of clothing, I published a great guest post from Jessica of Muka Kids on clever shopping tips – specifically how to buy clothes for kids so that you get the most wear out of them as possible.  Jessica came up with some great ideas I’d never thought of before, and readers also shared some great tips in the comments section.  It’s going to be an article I come back to time and time again for sure.

Another post I’ll be coming back to is the one on Buyerarchy of Needs, which I shared last week.  Such a great ethical fashion resource (although ever so slightly controversial as it seemed to spawn a bit of debate on Facebook when I shared it there!).

buyerarchy of needs

Other Eco Musings

I also shared my trip to Scotland’s first (and only, I think) Earthship.  If you’re ever near Kinghorn and get a chance to go then you should – it’s fascinating!

And finally, I shared Leonardo DiCaprio’s brilliant climate change speech from the UN Summit on Climate Change.  It’s only 3.5 minutes long but really packs a punch.  I’d really recommend watching it and sharing it with friends.

Outside of the blog, I fitted in a few trips to the seaside:

south queensferry

This is South Queensferry, near Edinburgh.  Also, the photo at the top of the post is from there – that £1 bamboo fishing net is the best thing I’ve ever bought!

My garden kept us going in French Beans and courgettes:

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Oh, and the small matter of this happened:

scottish independence referendum
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Showing my political colours!

Consequently, I’ve not got any links to share this month as I’ve been so preoccupied with the Scottish Independence Referendum (as you can see it didn’t go as I hoped it might).  For a period everything I was reading was about the referendum – it took over everyone’s lives.

Eco News

Now that’s it over fracking is now at the forefront of my mind.  The Government wants to frack under most of central Scotland, which is bad enough in itself, but then not long after the referendum vote, it was announced the Government have passed a law whereby the land directly under our homes can be fracked without the need for our permission.

fracking sites scotland

That area within that red line is where they are selling licenses for fracking – just the most densely populated part of Scotland, where nearly 80% of the population lives.

As well as the impact on climate change and the land, there are also impacts on drinking water, air quality, and health that we are all rightly concerned about.  Most people I know are up in arms about this, and my friends and I are hoping to organise a protest march in Edinburgh soon.  I’ll let you know how that goes, and if we manage to organise it I’ll be sure to share the details of it in case any of you readers are in the area and want to come along.  It would be fantastic to have your support!

From The Archives

So although I don’t have any links this month I do have some links from the archives though that you might find useful: some really handy autumn cycling tips to help see you through the autumn, how to feed garden birds, and a great Sloe Gin recipe.

And that’s it for September!  See you guys in October!

ps: catch up on August’s post here.


August Round-Up

green blog
green blog

August is on its way out, and I’m a little sad about that.  It’s always a little sad to see the last full month of summer fall to the wayside.  We’ve had a really busy, full month enjoying all that summer has had to offer us.  We also had some less fun times – my other half and his sister were involved in a bus crash.  Thankfully they’re both ok but it was a little scary to get that phone call.  There were some other less fun times too but it’s safe to say the good definitely outweighed the bad!

 Whilst I was quite busy in real life, August was a bit quieter on the blog.  It’s nice to take a break sometimes, so I took a holiday in Fife (I’m sharing a bit more of it in a few days).  We also got an allotment, which we are so excited about!

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I shared Franca’s colourful and eclectic ethical style, and also shared a delicious cucumber pickle recipe with fennel flowers.  I also shared how you could cut your energy bills by up to £180 a year by not very doing much.

 Zero Waste Week is coming up very soon (tomorrow!), so in preparation for that, I asked you how you deal with your food waste, and whether or not you should compost cooked food waste.  Thanks for all of your tips and advice on these matters – it was really useful and we’re thinking about upgrading our conventional composter to something better!

Outside of the blog, I spent a lot of time in Edinburgh for the Festival.  I’ve been taking my daughter along to it since she was tiny, but this is the first year that she’s taken an interest in it.  As she’s still so young I’ve not taken her to any paid shows – we just take in the free events on the Royal Mile and around the city, but it’s always such a blast!

edinburgh festival
Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A typical Edinburgh Festival street entertainer!  In the top photo he’s lying on a bed of nails, and in the second photo that’s a rubber glove on his head…!  If you ever get the chance to visit the Festival you should – it’s so much fun.  The whole city comes alive with performers!

I’ve not spent a lot of time on the internet this month, but I did find two great websites that I wanted to share.  I’m looking to reduce the amount of processed foods that we eat, and reduce the amount of sugar, wheat, and dairy we consume, so it was really great to stumble upon the sites of Deliciously Ella and Susan Jane White.  Both cook such delicious looking healthy and nutritious food, that it’s hard to believe they don’t contain any nasties.  As a matter of fact, I’ve ordered Susan’s cookbook, The Extra Virgin Kitchen (affiliate link), and am eagerly awaiting for the postman to arrive!  Susan shared this banana toffee ice cream recipe from the book that looks beyond words!

healthy banana toffee ice-cream recipe

How amazing does that look?!

Other things I found interesting this month:

editing your wardrobe / give me gratitude or give me debt / a tomato and courgette frittata / spending a year without shopping / is this the world’s first unstealable bike?

I’m also gearing myself up for September.  As well as having a birthday and the changing of the seasons, there is a lot to look forward to.  The Scottish Referendum for one – I am already incredibly excited about that!

See you on the flip side!

ps: if you’re looking to get preserving this September then may I recommend this blackberry and vanilla jam recipe, and this elderberry cordial recipe.  If you only make those two things then your autumn will be complete!  See also sloe gin!

pps: Catch up on July’s round-up here.