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Hello!  How’s your Wednesday going?  For fun, I fancy doing something a bit different today: I thought we could have a chat!

Sometimes when you write a blog it can feel like you are just talking to your computer.  You can forget there are actual people like yourselves out there reading and following along.  I couldn’t help but think the other day that it would be really nice to open things up and have a chat, and encourage you to chat amongst each other too.

I’m curious to know what green achievements of yours are you most proud of?  Have you grown your own food?  Started cycling to work?  Became a full time vegan or vegetarian?  Something else?  I’m all ears!  We really should be shouting more about the things we do, and sharing it in the comments might inspire someone else to give it a go!

I’m also curious to know what green things maybe aren’t going so well for you, and that maybe you need help with, or you’ve had to concede isn’t for you?  Maybe I can help or a Moral Fibres reader can help?

To start the conversation, for me, in terms of what I’m proud of, well, our allotment is doing great this year.  Really great.  We have loads of apples, tomatoes, plums, and peas about to ripen.  We’ve had a bumper crop of rhubarb.  I don’t get over there as much as I’d like but once the girls are a little older I hope to be able to help out a lot more, but it’s so exciting to see everything coming along.

In terms of things that aren’t going so well, I’m sure I have mentioned before that the thing I really really REALLY struggle with is giving up cheese.  I’ve found a vegan milk substitute that doesn’t curdle, but cheese is a whole other ballgame.  Especially halloumi and mozzarella.  I do love a bit of pizza (we have pizza night every Friday), and having tried homemade vegan pizza it just wasn’t the same.  I’ve cut down my dairy intake (I have red pepper hummous sandwiches packed for my lunch today!) and I feel disappointed that I can’t kick the cheese habit.  I’ve tried vegan cheese (or Gary as it was called a little while ago) and just felt disappointed.  Any tips?

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autumn in edinburgh

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Hello hello!  How are you all?  Feeling a bit shaken by recent events?  Me too, my friend, me too.  In times like these, I stop reading the news, hug my children all that more tightly, and hope I can bring them up to be kind and compassionate, and who never judge people by their race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, or otherwise.  I had expected Trump to win so the news of his election was no surprise, but I still couldn’t help but be disheartened.  I have no idea what’s next, but I do know we are in for some interesting times.

Apart from reading the news in despair, there have been some good times.  My kids and I headed out west for a week in the October holidays, and caught the best of the weather on the Isle of Cumbrae.  There we were, soaking up some vitamin D on Millport Beach in the middle of October with our jackets off, our feet in the water, ice-cream cones in hand, and a picnic on the sand.  Strange strange weather, but fun times.

millport

millport beach

Praise be for squash season.  Fun to decorate with, even better to eat:

mini pumpkin

Brightening up some corners of the house:

botanical fern print

This print that’s brightening up my bathroom came from one of my favourite Etsy shops – Bygone Press*.

Adding to my British gin collection.  The kind folks at 31Dover.com sent me this Twisted Nose watercress gin to try out, which is distilled in beautiful Winchester.  This small-batch gin is more peppery than standard gins, but gosh is it good.  I’ve been drinking it with lime, ice, and tonic, but apparently, it pairs well with pink grapefruit, so I shall be giving that a go sometime soon!

twisted nose watercress gin

Finally, I have taken lots and lots of autumnal walks with my littlest.  Autumn is hands down my favourite time of year, and the other week I took a walk up to Dean Galleries in Edinburgh.  The place could not have been any more autumnal if it had tried.  We also pretty much had the place to ourselves, which made it extra special.  I could have gazed upon these trees for hours:

autumn in edinburgh

What have you been up to?  How have you been coping with the news? Read anything good or uplifting lately? Do share, because boy do we need it!