I am writing about the 26th June and it is now the 19th July! Obviously I am a little behind with my blogging about my 30 Days Wild experience. June and July has been wild for all sorts of unexpected … Continue reading
This month we have pledged to commit 30 random acts of wildness, one for each day. We signed up with the Wildlife Trusts and we are ready, armed with our activity pack, to go wilder. I say wilder because those … Continue reading
Our family is attempting to be healthier these days and consequently freer of temptation and guilt. Armed with a number of alternative free from recipe books, an array of weird and wonderful ingredients and a spiraliser, things were set to … Continue reading
I needed a bit of a pick-me-up this morning so we left the house later than usual, scraped the ice off the car to the sound of the building site next door and drove past it so the only two people in our village excited to see yet another development could get a good glimpse of the digger! I decided some new daffodils for my lovely new jug (which I realise you haven’t seen yet!) were in order so we took a short visit to the market in our local town. Just what I needed, so pretty…
We are about to enter into my absolute favourite time of year, the month I look forward to all year. Many months of planning and dreaming take place in anticipation and this makes me a little giddy with excitement. I’d like to think that when I die the thing that will be remembered about me most is that little spark that appears in me over Christmas, the bit of me that is the person I used to be, want to be and who I have always been but perhaps is hidden or overlooked the majority of the time. I want my children to be able to say that, in the words of Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle, “she made everything beautiful”. I should add that I’m not planning on dying soon but I guess life has taught me that this is something you can’t control.
Last year I wrote about my addiction to Advent and posted 24 green Christmas tips one for every day of Advent, this year I am hoping to seek inspiration elsewhere. I have signed up to the Bible Society Advent Challenge, each day I will choose from a list an act of goodwill to carry out on some unsuspecting person. I’d like to think that I will be doing some anyway but I think receiving a reminder every day to think of others is no bad thing and something to strive towards.
Part of my planning for Christmas is the HUGE list of presents for me to make, I absolutely love planning what to give to people, making or buying and giving them away.
This year I have reached a major milestone, I have learnt how to crochet (thank you Sam). My new little group of crochet friends, the new skills I have learnt and the laughter we have shared has been so special to me and has reminded me of that part of me I miss so often. For many years I have wanted to learn to crochet so I could make snowflakes and give some away and in the last month I have been perfecting my snowflake making, as many different ones as possible, some for me and some to hopefully pass on a little of my Christmas giddiness to others.
This milestone has been so important to me I feel it only right that I name this year the year of the snowflake.
Make a New Years Resolution to continue to be ‘green’ next year.
Don’t leave your central heating on a high temperature while away, turn the thermostat down to a minimum temperature, reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills.
When visiting people over the Christmas period make sure all electrical equipment at home is switched off and not left on standby, as well and cutting your energy use you will save some money too.
A lot of travelling is done over the Christmas period, car share, walk or take public transport when you can. If you are feeling very brave and need a blast of cold air to wake up there is always your bike too!