Monday, 29 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Thursday, 18 December 2008
5. Do you know your carbon footprint for your home? If so, is it larger/smaller than your national average?
I have done a few of these carbon footprint calculaters and as a household we are below the national average - about a third of the UK average. Our total is kept low (although not low enough) by driving a small ecconomical car, not flying, eating seasonally and locally, and also by the fact that there are four of us living in the house.
6.What's eco-frustrating and/or eco-fantastic about where you live?
Eco- frustrating = the reliance on the car, especially having to drive to my allotment, its eco-friendly to grow vegeatables but not when you have to drive to do so.
Eco-fantastic = having a garden even if its not very big and also living in a village with a railway station.
7. Do you eat local/organic/vegetarian/forage/grow you own?
I try to as much as possible. Ideally I would buy local organic produce but this is not always available or affordable. I choose local foods over organic foods which have travelled long distances. None of us is vegetarian although I am not a great meat eater. For family meals I cook meat usually about twice a week, we eat fish once or twice and the rest vegetarian. I don't forage much, just blackberries, elderberries and sloes. I grow vegetables and soft fruit on the allotment. In the garden I have two small apple trees, a crab apple, a grape vine and a plum tree. I also grow herbs and of course we have the chickens.
8. What do you personally find the most challenging in being green?
Sometimes it is easier not to be green and the greener options take more time, effort or money. It can be difficult to maintain motivation when that happens.
9. Do you have a green confession?
I am guilty of using my car for non-essential journeys. Most of the time I plan my journeys carefully, go to the allotment after work, visit the supermarket near to my sons sports practice etc etc but then sometimes I drive off on my own for a few miles just to get out of the house and walk somewhere different. One of the things I would miss if I did get rid of my car is the ability to get to remote quiet places in the countryside that can't be reached by public transport.
10. Do you have the support of family and/or friends?
Generally, yes, friends and family are supportive. Work colleagues think I am a bit mad though!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Time for some tidying and doing the lunch time washing up which I had left when I had rushed out to pick up after lacrosse. I had just about got everything straight and it was time to cook dinner. Only me and younger son tonight so I decided to keep it very simple, omlettes, with salad for me and with potato wedges for him followed by steamed apple pudding.
Monday, 8 December 2008
It has been cold here although its not cold compared to many winter temperatures around the world. Early yesterday morning the car thermometer registered -5C.
The cold weather seems to bring with it colds and sore throats, so lemon and honey is being sipped throughout the day. Manuka honey is expensive so I keep a pot just to use when we have sore throats. There seems to be quite a lot of evidence that it helps with coughs and colds and I am sure that just because I think it will help, it probably does.
The chickens got special treatment too, not honey(!) but I did make them some warm porridge which they seemed to appreciate.
It stayed cold all day but as it was lovely and bright, I went for a short walk to enjoy the sunshine.
As usual I took far too many photographs.
Saturday, 6 December 2008
I wasn't sure about adding any embroidery with such patterned fabrics so I just played around with some stitching around the seam lines.
The draught excluder is now in position stopping the cold air creeping under the living room door and keeping the room just that little bit warmer.