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”
It’s been very quiet up here on the blog but don’t worry, we haven’t quit. We enjoyed 10 busy days off work over the Easter holidays. Those of you who follow along on Instagram will have seen some of the story as it unfolded. Here’s a quick catch up in case you missed it. Continue reading “grow, make, mend: 10 busy days”
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”
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”
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”
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.”
So our chicken plans have actually happened!
We are all tremendously excited and so are many of our friends. Continue reading “Chicken arrival!”
In the UK this month there has been some media coverage of reducing plastic use. The Government has vowed to eliminate UK’s plastic waste by 2042 (follow this link to see coverage from The Independent). A major retailer (Iceland) has been the first to commit to remove plastic packaging from their own brand products by 2023 (follow this link to see coverage from The Telegraph).
Here at Grow, Make, Mend reducing plastic use was already one of our intentions – we talk about it in First Steps. We’ve been working on it a bit last year and this year marks the start of a determined effort.
Here are three of our changes so far. Continue reading “Reducing plastic use: 3 item swaps!”