• Family Life,  Nature

    Idea 40 – 30 days Wild 🌸🦔🐝🤓🌱🐜🦗🎋🌿

    Now this idea is going to keep us busy for a month! Have a go at The Wildlife Trust 30 days wild to increase your connection to nature and improve bio diversity.The link below was shared on the Bradley Stoke Families group earlier this week and is right up my street. Not only keeping my own children busy but also giving me more ideas on how to keep engaging the children I work with online and once back in/out of the classroom. Outdoor learning here we come! On the WildLife Trusts Facebook group someone shared a framed picture of the activity sheet they completed last year. In the same frame,…

  • Household waste

    Idea 39 – Recycling plastic packaging- use your loaf

    Keeping the recycling going can be tough in this period. Everything feels a little bit harder in our house. It is taking that little bit more internal conversation to stop myself just putting things in the bin. But we must keep going. Did you know you can recycle stretchy plastic bags along with carrier bags. So empty plastic bread bags, vegetable bags and nappy bags, basically any plastic that has a bit of give and stretch, can all be recycled. There is a collection bin at most large supermarket. The closest one for us is at the entrance to Willowbrook Centre. Here is a handy website to check recycling points.

  • Heat and energy

    Idea 38 – Switch it off!

    Anyone else get a little obsessed with turning things off at the plug socket? This is a regular moan in my house as I walk around switching off lights and plugs. The habit definitely comes from my dad doing exactly the same when I was growing up. He usually added in a, “Were you born in a barn?” comment for good measure. So I find myself walking around doing the same and becoming slightly obsessed. I have taken to pulling out plugs if they are left on at the wall with nothing charging. Often I find those plugs feel slightly hot to the touch. I worry about the fire risk…

  • Family Life,  Work and Play

    Idea 37 – Let’s get into a really good ebook.

    One thing I have missed in lockdown is going to the library. Not so much for myself (as I have less time than ever to read with kids and working from home) but to take out children’s books. I love taking my children to the library and they love looking at books. We are lucky to have lots at home but you can never have too many. For those that love a good book rather than ordering one to be delivered on four wheels why not try South Gloucester library Service online. They are offering digital services completely free. This link is for anyone that fancies giving it a go…

  • Nature

    Idea 36 – Help a hedgehog week!

    My hedgehog house is currently unoccupied. I’m hoping the previous resident found a nice winter home for his/her hibernation somewhere else and might pop back for a Summer stay at some point. Here are some things we can do to make our gardens more hedgehog friendly in this period of isolation. Hedgehogs emerge from hibernation in March and April so at this time of year they need to pile on the ‘slug’ pounds. Hedgehogs numbers have declined drastically so any thing we can do to make our garden and access to the garden easier will help. Here are the ideas from this British Hedgehog website.There are many simple things we…

  • Family Life,  Nature,  Work and Play

    Idea 35 – What changes will we keep long term?

    During last Sunday’s virtual meeting we talked about adaptions that we have made to our lives due to the pandemic. We pondered the impact that such adaptions would have on the planet and may unintentionally prove beneficial to the environment. We certainly are all walking more, up cycling instead of visiting the sort it centers, taking less trips in the car and making our food go further to reduce trips to the supermarket. What have you changed that could have a positive impact to slow climate change? Over the last few weeks, like many people, I have held a number of work, socials and design meetings virtually. From staff meetings,…

  • Community,  Household waste,  Nature

    Idea 34 – Looking our for our local area

    Walks Over the last 4 weeks our local environment has become our playground. How lucky we are to live in an area that despite being well populated; still has lots of green areas. On Saturday evening we took great pleasure in spotting two male ducks enjoying a good feed on the small pond along the Common East. The evening bird song along that stretch was fantastic. I bet many Bradley Stoke folk have never explored their local area so much. We certainly are exploring lots of new roads, paths and cut through on our hour trips around the town. Fly Tipping Unfortunately fly tipping has increased significantly across the country…

  • Nature

    Idea 33 – When you come back, remember that you are my guests….Not my masters. 🌍🌏🌎

    I have wondered about whether I should keep suggesting these environmental ideas when the world is focused on protecting everyone from Covid – 19. But then I keep thinking about a poem that was shared by a friend on facebook. The fact that we have actually been forced to slow down and appreciate what we have, those closest to us and our immediate surroundings. Maybe this is the time to think about how precious life is and how delicate the balance of our existence is on Earth. Unfortunately the author is unknown and I can only find other people sharing it not the original source but it definitely makes you…

  • Community,  Family Life,  Food and food waste,  Heat and energy,  Household waste,  Nature,  Uncategorized

    Idea 32 – Stay home and rediscover your garden 🌱🌷🌳

    If you had told me when I was writing Idea 4 that I would have car journeys down to under 1 most weeks I would have been quite pleased that my new bike idea was working. I wondered this week how many of the ideas I have accidentally done during this period of isolation. Having less food waste and make do and mend have definitely been put into action. Take a look below and see how many you have tried.We have also been trying a bit of seed growing with the little ones and can now say we have carrots and radishes sprouting. Thanks to Marks and Spencer for providing…

  • Community,  Nature

    Idea 31 – Earth hour

    Tonight between 8:30pm and 9:30pm we were going to be celebrating Earth Hour on Jubilee fields. Instead we will be staying in our houses and saving lives in doing so. Earth hour normally sees people across the world turning off their lights and either spending an hour in candle light or heading outside to enjoying the night. Spending an hour focusing on the wonder of nature and it’s amazing beauty. So tonight between 8:30-9:30 maybe hold your own garden Earth Hour. Turn off all the lights inside the house and head outside. Do a spot of star gazing. We saw the international space station going .over last night. Maybe do…