• Christmas,  Family Life,  Food and food waste

    Idea 19 – Wishing Everyone A Cracking Christmas

    You guessed it. I’m talking crackers. Personally, I love a cracker with a set of counters and 🎲. This is one thing my house never has enough of. However most of the things that spring from crackers have a useful lifetime of minutes and will often wind up at the bottom of a drawer or toy box and then the bin. So can we improve on our crackers this year. If time is short, head to the shops as retailers start to catch on and listen to public opinion turning against a throw away culture. Dunelm sold out of their plastic free crackers very quickly so you may have to…

  • Christmas,  Family Life,  Heat and energy

    Idea 18 – Lighting the way

    I have just had a reread of our Eco-Christmas leaflet to see how I was doing.Here is my tick list🎁 Buy less ✔️🎁 Buy second hand ✔️🎁 Buy local ✔️🎁 Attending local school/craft fairs✔️🎁 Donating items to charities (baby bank)✔️🎁 Be mindful of waste ✔️ More on purchasing reusable wrapping later 🎄💡 But one thing I haven’t done is put my Christmas lights on a timer. 💡🎄I bought a plug timer last Christmas but haven’t used it. My mission for today is to attach the timer to the Christmas lights. This is a 10 second job (once I find the timer which will most probably take an hour) that will save a couple of hours of wasted electricity each day. On Thursday I…

  • Christmas,  Family Life,  Food and food waste,  Heat and energy,  Nature,  Work and Play

    Idea 17 – It’s a wrap! Election and wrapping paper

    Five days until elections.I’m starting this week with an interview between John Snow and Sir David Attenborough. It has made me reflect on how my thinking about this general election is different to previous ones because of climate change. I am also wondering how government will be forced to change to work harder on the climate agenda to slow climate change. Lots of links today but hopefully it will help in decision making for next Thursday. Have a look at this climate action toolkits as it explains what can be done in the lead up to the election. It even come up with our little group for this area. Some…

  • Christmas,  Family Life

    Idea 15 – Does it have to be brand new?

    🌲🎁🎁🎁🎁🌲 This week I am starting to think of the 4 gift rule when getting presents for my children. The 4 gift rule involved getting something they want, need, wear and read. Now when they ‘want’ 5 out of 7 things that have been advertised during the break of Fireman Sam 🚒 pinning down what they actually ‘want’ can take a little bit of time. Especially as I know most of those things will lose their interest after 10 minutes of play. I find it much more useful to see what they like playing with when we visit other people’s houses. Based on our two most recent trip to a friend’s house…

  • Christmas,  Family Life

    Idea 14 – Buy or make a little more local this Christmas

    We have so much going on in the local area in the lead up to Christmas. How about supporting local schools, charities and small business this Christmas? By buying local, hopefully we are reducing the amount we buy, making presents more unique and the distance that we and our presents have had to travel. Here is a list of things going on. Please add if you find I have missed anything. Christmas Fairs and Events Saturday 23rd November Bowsland Green Christmas Fair 11am – 2pm Little Stoke Community Café Christmas Market 10am – 3pm Winterbourne Academy Christmas Market Wednesday 27th November Needle Felting workshop, Almondsbury Creative 7:15pm Friday 29th November…

  • Family Life

    Idea 7 – Make do and mend

    It’s almost the end of September and I have avoided buying any new clothes and shoes for the whole month. The clothes at the far reaches of my wardrobe have seen the light of day following many months (if not years) in hibernation. I have visited a charity shop weekly and realised how many beautiful new and preloved clothes the lovely residents of Bradley Stoke have donated. I was a bit worried that come the 1st of October on Tuesday I would be dashing off to “the big shops” to buy a long list of things; but I actually don’t think I need anything. Who’d have thought. This week I…

  • Family Life

    Idea 6 – A ripple effect

    This week I want to start by sharing this BBC environment article by Justin Rowlatt; which I think sums up beautifully the effects we as individuals can have. Climate change action: We can’t all be Greta, but your choices have a ripple effect. This group was started by one person with one idea and now has over 100 members. Many of whom are making one small change to lessen their personal carbon footprint and hopefully telling one other person what they are up to. On Thursday evening we worked on setting up a constitution and outlining the aims for our new group. I for one left that meeting feeling like…

  • Family Life

    Idea 5 – Seize the day… or in today case… ‘Shoes the day’

    👠👟Shoes👢👞 On this beautiful Saturday morning in Bradley Stoke I want to get you thinking about shoes… Yep shoes!How many pairs of shoes sit unused in your wardrobes, in the box by the door or thrown into a shoe cupboard?I bet you have at least one pair of shoes that get in the way as you try to get to your vacuum cleaner.One shoe that gets stuck in the cupboard door as you try to close it.Or the pair that get thrown across the room as someone is trying to find a missing trainer.If you have growing children you most probably have a bag of shoes which no longer fit…

  • Family Life,  Heat and energy,  Work and Play

    Idea 4 – Just one less drive

    I say ‘just one less drive’ but actually it usually works out as two as you generally you need to get back home at the end of the day! But hey it’s all for the planet and our benefit. Over the Summer I hired a bike following a link from the South Glos Council website. Links below. I hadn’t used a bike in years but wanted to try it out in the Summer months so I could see if a commute to work was doable. Was 4.4miles too much? I had no idea. I filled in a form on line in 5minutes. There was a small wait to collect the…