Week in review: 24 [2019]

Welcome to this week’s update review. Well, it’s last week’s update review technically.  Yesterday got so hectic that several things were rescheduled. I thought about writing these ahead of time but actually I don’t want to do that. I want these blog updates to remain ‘live’.

Let’s get on with the week in review then. Continue reading “Week in review: 24 [2019]”

2019 Grow, Make, Mend

Hello, 2019.

Hello, 2019. Yes, we’re still here!

Blog entries on this site dried up by mid 2018. I’d forgive you if you thought we had gone away. Much like our garden in the summer heatwave! Those of you who were watching the Instagram feed page will have noticed that Instagram was really working for us, whereas this blog got a bit overwhelming.

So what’s going to happen in the year ahead? Key Instagram posts are going to appear here on the blog too. Thank you to If This Than That for some nifty automation. I’ll be popping back here every few weeks at the most to add some original content. Getting some priorities right for the year ahead!

In the meantime, keep reading to find out more about what happened in our garden throughout last year. Continue reading “2019 Grow, Make, Mend”

mend: surprise bathroom mini-refurb

It’s been another busy week here. They are all busy weeks. This entire blog is about better living in a busy world after all!

This week’s normal amount of being busy was compounded by more bad weather, bringing another hefty dose of snow and cold temperatures. Don’t worry, we didn’t need to move the hens back in again! We learned from last time. There was lots of repurposing: a beach windbreak was hammered into place to protect underneath the coop and a camping canvas was pressed into use to drape over the fixed run as well.

Anyway, there’s more to our household than making do out in the garden. We’ve just realised we’ve got a bit of a project on our hands, and this one slightly involuntary. Continue reading “mend: surprise bathroom mini-refurb”

mend: reuse fabric

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”

Less plastic waste in our house: 3 more little steps!

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!”