Hello hello!  This week has been a bit up and down.  There were a lot of positives – from beautiful sunshine, and time spent with friends, to me finally being able to carve out one day a week to devote to this here space of mine.  Up until now (so for 4.5 years), I’ve squeezed blogging into the corners of my life – evenings, odd bits of weekends, commutes and nap times.  Although one day a week doesn’t sound like much, to me it feels huge.  Then there were the obvious negatives, from Manchester to Mosul, which are all just completely heartbreaking.

Here’s some interesting things I’ve read this week, that you might like too:

1. The Manchester Evening News are crowdfunding to help support the families of those killed or injured during Monday’s tragic events.  Here’s how you can help out.

2. Whilst I do talk to my eldest daughter about some current affairs, rightly or wrongly I try and shield her from actually watching the news as much as possible.  She’s only five after all.  Yet sometimes we find the news comes on and she does catch bits of it, and has questions.  Here’s a useful article on how to talk to children about distressing news stories.

3.  A Chinese company is offering to re-train coal miners to become wind farmers.

4.  Related: solar power generation breaks UK records.  Do you think people are finally realising that fossil fuels aren’t the future?

5.  The very best reason for closing a shop.

6.  Oh, I do love falafel.  These spicy cauliflower ones with beetroot dip are on my list of things to try (and vegan friendly too).

7.  Zara and H&M back in store recycling to help tackle our throwaway culture, but is it enough?

8.  Could you live plastic free?  One family tried and I found their account fascinating.

9.  Are we running out of sand, of all things?

10.  Fascinating!  Are you descended from witches?

Finally, three things from the Moral Fibres archives you might have missed:

1.  Looking for eco-friendly sunscreen?  Right this way, my friend.  I keep this post updated because I know people find it useful.

2. How to get a job in the environmental sector.  I know I’m an old fogey but I’ve been working for 12 years in the environmental sector now, and have learned a lot along the way, and have a lot to say (as always)!

3.  Make your own beeswax wraps.  I still love mine.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend if you’re lucky enough get Monday off!  And in case you missed it, do catch up on the 20th May Ten Things post to stay up to date on all your environmental news.


ps: I’ve loved all of the thoughtful comments on this post.  Thanks so much for your input!

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