What happens to asparagus if you forget to cut it?
[Those are courgettes in the round tubs by the way…if you’re interested!]
It’s that time of year when things are blossoming and blooming and everything is turning into a gorgeous shade of green. Suddenly, almost as if overnight, trees burst into leaf, fields turn golden and flowers are opening up and everything is light and bright with the good weather.
Today was spent happily weeding at the allotment, some things are a bit behind this year due to the weather, so some places do look a bit bare, but a few weeks and all will be covered and green!
And since Word press is playing up and I don’t seem to be able to caption the pics as I go, here is a brief one beforehand. First up are chives (with Mr Bumblebee photo-bombing the pics), then lavender, strawberries, garlic, redcurrant bush on the right and (tiny) blueberry bush on the left, beetroot, horseradish – which has taken over, and finally rosemary (had no idea the tiny white flowers were so pretty on a rosemary plant).
[These photos were taken with an I-phone and no filters applied – it was a really gorgeous sunny day today! :)]
Here is a link to a fascinating article about reducing our plastic use in June.
The challenge is not to use disposable, single use plastic for either a day, week or month in June, with the aim of using environmentally friendly products and containers instead.
Some things are impractical, I’m afraid to say (anybody know how to get hold of toothpaste without using a plastic tube or container?!) but others are much easier.
It does seem to be all food and drink doesn’t it? I am going to try this in June I think. But I work in a restaurant, so it will be hard to get away from single use plastic there!
I think the key to reducing your use and the recycling of plastics is to be aware of what is coming into the house in the first place.
Just a quick thought for today, Ellen xx
Yesterday was a very busy day for me. Why? Because PUMPKIN that’s why!!!
I spent a happy 4 hours cutting up and cooking the huuuuge pumpkin Dad bought back from the allotment.
I first roasted 2 trays to make some pumpkin puree…medium sized chunks took about 40 mins, let them cool a bit and then pureed them in a food processor.
Whilst that was going on, I readied 2 big pans and chopped up the rest of the pumpkin really small and made 2 batches of soup, one of which is in the freezer now and half is still out (we had half for tea last night).
And with the puree I made pumpkin muffins…nom!
Here is the recipe I used: http://www.marthastewart.com/355570/pumpkin-muffins
It is American so you need cups for measuring. I used all plain flour because I didn’t have any wholemeal. Ever heard of Easi-yo yoghurt? Where you make your own? Mum had made a batch the night before, so we had homemade yoghurt in homemade muffins with a homegrown squash!!
Tonight we are going to use up the remaining pumpkin squares in a cous cous recipe with lamb koftas…so that is a lot of meals from one squash!
Yesterday I also went to my local library and borrowed 7 books, some of them crafty ones, I think we should all support our local libraries as much as we can. If we don’t, they will disappear! Did you know authors can get paid every time someone borrows their book? Up to a certain amount and so many times I think, but it’s a little extra, right?
I also did a little bit of my crochet scarf on the go, only another 1 or 2 pattern repeats to go I think.
And today? Presents all round!!
My friend Lizzie sent me a pack of stickers and a German newspaper, it’s good to keep up with my languages! So thank you, that was a nice surprise! And Mum bought me a very thick crafty Christmas magazine, which I will be looking at soon.
And what else this week? My foot keeps getting better, starting to walk a bit more with one crutch, although I do look a bit like the penguin from batman doing a weird shuffle thing. And stairs are easier. Less pain, less swelling. Which is good.
All in all, a good few days 🙂
What a happy moment when you realise that in the bag that your Dad is carrying….is a GIANT PUMPKIN!!!
Now it is Autumn. Coz there is pumpkin.
Why so happy? Last year we only had a lonely 1 pumpkin on the allotment and it was very lonely and sad with no other squash friends to talk to. And it died before we could eat it *sad face* but this year there are about 6 I think. And this one is a whopper!
Happy, happy, happy…
As always, please excuse my crappy photography!
So, I will have to see what I can make tomorrow. There will definitely be some soup at some point!! And I have never had pumpkin pie before so that is a possibility if also a cliché! Roasted in the oven…
I know it is a bit weird to get excited over a pumpkin…but that’s just me! I feel like I have said this word a lot in this post. Pumpkin. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! 🙂
Happy Autumn to you all!!
What is a pumpkin’s favourite sport?
100 ways to save the Earth
Just some ideas, could easily think of 100 more.
How about reading about what is in the stuff that you buy and the food that you eat (I mean the chemicals)? What about healthy eating, exercise, organic pet food, organic cotton, eco friendly toys, eco paint with no VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds which can cause cancer), not upgrading mobiles etc the minute new ones come out, making things last…the list is endless.
Good Afternoon people
Thought I would share this blog post with you today. It’s amazing and very inspirational. It’s from one of my favourite websites of ALL TIME called Low Impact Living.
Here is the link to the blog post: http://www.lowimpact.org/low-impact-the-city-1-introduction-how-possible-is-it-to-live-in-a-sustainable-non-corporate-way-in-a-city
Or if that doesn’t work (and I half expect it not to since I am a documented technophobe) then you can look on the website http://www.lowimpact.org and click on the link at the top which says ‘blog’!
The website covers a huge range of topics and basically the idea is you live as green and earth – friendly as you can. Whilst I am guilty of contributing to a consumer driven and throw away society as much the next person, I am conscious of my ecological and environmental footprint. There are some things I do and a thousand more things I could probably do, some easier than others. But, as Dumbledore says in one of the Harry Potter films: we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. (Yes I did just link Harry Potter to the environment).
The blog post which I linked to above is about living a good life in the city. Obviously you are limited in space and there are some things which just aren’t practical – keeping goats in your back yard? But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.
And the picture in the post? I have not just book envy but bookshelf envy…and I don’t say that everyday! In the post there is a list of what the author hopes to achieve in a city environment. And I really love lists. Really, really love lists.
So, what do I do / what have I done?
Of course there is a lot more I could do and want to do but at the risk of list – overload I will save that for another post.
A good book is: ‘sleeping naked is green’ by Vanessa Farquharson. She chose to do something green everyday for a year and blogged about it (love the lists for each month!). Some things were more pressing and vital than others but still a good read.
Another good one is: ‘A good life’ by Leo Hickman. Again he goes ‘green’ for a year and wrote about it. A good person to follow on twitter.
And finally: ‘save cash and save the planet’ by Andrea Smith and Nicola Baird, a Friends of the Earth commissioned book but some really useful tips and I like the case studies best. Because I’m nosy and I like looking at what other people are doing :O
And if they don’t inspire you I don’t know what will!
So, have a read and see what you can do…
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