Finding the joy in January – 2018

Keeping cheerful during windy and wet days can be a challenge, we have had no snow this year ( not unusual due to our coastal location), but it has rained for days on end with gales and freezing temperatures. We have found that the best remedies are home-spun… We’ve invited friends and neighbours for tea…

Winter

Despite the relentlessly rainy weather we’ve been spending as much time as we can outdoors, soaking up the precious few hours of sunlight available in our northern climes. Winters are always a challenge with the lack of light and much shorter days, often with just a few hours of daylight. Sunsets at 3pm and dark…

Breathe

A few highlights this month… exploring the woods and feeling the crisp crunch of new-fallen leaves, spotting fairy toadstools of many hues, balancing along logs… watching the geese make their long winter journeys against a backdrop of brilliant blue… The late blooms of chamomile and snapdragon providing a cheerful splash of autumn colour in the…

The Great British Beach Clean

Plastics are becoming a serious problem for the health of our communities, it is estimated that 85% of the plastics that we use are not recycled. The evidence is everywhere, plastic makes up most of the litter we see in our parks, grass verges and beaches. Determined to do something positive during zero Waste Week…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste- Vintage Tech

Crafted from natural materials with care taken over form as well as function, vintage technology has a soul which is lovely to behold. Add to this the tendency for vintage items to come without packaging and the fact that they are often easily repaired and it becomes easy to see why vintage is becoming the…

June and July Through A Lens

Sunlight filtered through lime-green spring leaves. A holiday in Yorkshire. Enjoying the sunshine in Barnard Castle Park. Despite the slugs, caterpillars, aphids and (a new interloper to the feast) a pigeon- some vegetables start to grow.   Watching the gala procession with daddy. Looking for treasure…

Treasures

Getting hold of a wider range of goods and services without using the car usually involves a journey across the estuary, and what a delight it is. A short walk takes us to our local ferry and a bumpy ride over the sea transports us to Fleetwood, a town packed full of interesting architecture and…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste – part deux

Having a family can certainly add to the waste we produce, an estimated 1/2 tonne of disposable nappies are produced every year per child- nappies in landfills take up to 500 years to degrade and around 200, 000 trees are lost each year to make disposable nappies for babies in the USA alone. The arrival…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste

Alternatives to plastic are usually far more beautiful as well as kinder to the pocket and the environment. According to the Greenpeace Energy desk news, the UK government quietly reduced recycling targets for plastics last year- meaning that even more plastic is finding its way in to landfill. Concern over plastic in our food is…

Ulverston

There is something about a day out which begins with a train journey which turns the whole event into something out of an Enid Blyton story, (you can almost taste the potted meat sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer). Travel by locomotive features regularly in the best fiction- Harry Potter’s journey to Hogwarts, evacuation at…