So last week we missed a grow post and since then there have been some clues about how the Great British Snow of 2018 went for us. Without any further ado, now we’ve had some time to recover from it, here is the tale of our Snow Chickens. Continue reading “grow: snow chickens”
It has been such a busy week for us. The subtitle of our website absolutely describes us: better living in a busy world.
This time last week the UK had some deeply unpleasant. During the worst here we were under 10cm of snow, with bitter temperatures down to -6C at night. Worryingly we hadn’t set up the chicken run to be able to provide enough shelter from driving snow. With temperatures in the day failing to rise above zero, we struggled to keep their water from freezing. In the end we did the only thing that was right by our hens. We moved them into our unheated back porch for a few days so that they had decent shelter.
But I digress. We will post about that in more detail early next week.
Today is not for talking about hens. I was looking through my old photographs and was delighted by some of our past work. So today I want to share two projects from 2012 that reuse fabric. Continue reading “mend: reuse fabric”
Use what you have
I love stationery. I was very gleeful when I told Theo that I needed a new A5 project book for work and that meant I could go shopping.
“Wait a moment, I’ve got a spare one,” he said, and fished around in a box.
He presented me with this.
One of our philosophies is that we should use what we have before we think about alternatives. It certainly is an a5 project book. Shame it’s so, well, ugly. Not just ugly. The cover was pretty flimsy and for something I wanted to carry around at work and put in my bag, I didn’t think it would hold up.
So. The book is good. It’s just the cover that needs changing! Continue reading “make: beautifying a project book”
Switching to real soap instead of using liquid soap in plastic bottles is ever so easy. You can pick up big brand products at the supermarket, but if you want to get away from big companies and plastic wrappers, here are our personal favourites to do just that. Continue reading “Soap!”
Spearmint cleaning spray
This week features a relatively quick and straightforward ‘make’ project: my spearmint cleaning spray.
It also wobbles in under ‘mend’ tags too because the way I’ve gone about this means that our household consumes less plastic! Yay! Continue reading “Spearmint cleaning spray”
Here is the February 2018 State of the Garden update. Continue reading “February 2018 State of the Garden”
A very cold weather snap is due in the UK over the next few days.
This is probably because I declared we didn’t need an extreme weather kit for our chicken coop until next winter.
Sorry, everyone, clearly my fault. In a desperate attempt to win back some sunny weather, I’ve ordered the extreme weather gear.
We’ve already talked a bit about our journey to use less plastic, and we gave you some great places to get started by swapping out straws, cooking sauce sachets and bathroom sponges. A few days ago, Suse committed to not buying any more teabags due to the hidden plastic polymers in heat sealed teabags.
Remember, ours is not a zero-plastic or plastic-free journey. It seems too overwhelming to consider that in our modern busy life.
We are approaching this one little step at a time and we really hope that some of our little steps inspire you to make one little step yourself.
Here are our less-plastic options to share with you today. Continue reading “Less plastic waste in our house: 3 more little steps!”
So much is going on in our complex and busy world that it is getting a bit hard to startle me. I’m often a bit sad or, worse, resigned about learning something new. But last week I actually managed to feel quite startled to learn that most teabags contain plastic. Continue reading “Most teabags contain plastic.”