|Handmade trug and home grown veg|
Hi all, hope you are all muddling along, flipping wet in the U.K. isn't it! I think I'm developing webbed feet. I thought I would pop in and give you an update on my exciting life......well my life. Mostly it's been same old stuff but I did book myself on a Willow Day at our local 'Eco Park' . Of course it was blowing a hooley as we traipsed across the very muddy field to the willow patch and then starting hailing as we were cutting the willow but it was worth the cold hands (and pulled muscles in my gluteus maximus) Why put myself through this I hear you ask? Well sometime in the future......who knows when, we haven't found anywhere yet, I would like to grow willow in my future fields. Not being very green fingered I was pleased to find out that they happily grow away and need coppicing from January to April when you cut everything right back and in the spring they grow away again. I think I may be able to manage that. In the afternoon they showed us how to make either a trug or an obelisk for the garden. Being the practical person that I am, I decided on the trug and as you can see I have already put it to good use. Yes I know handmade trug, picking home grown chard. How smug do I sound, I want to slap myself sometimes :)
The trug is a bit wonky, but I like wonky.
I have been following a really interesting blog My make do and mend life which has all sorts of tips about reducing our impact. The blogger spent a year not buying anything new, so learned how to make the most of everything she had. I am increasing worried about our impact on the planet, we only have one, and having watched The Martian over the weekend, I don't fancy living on Mars. (though if Matt Damon is in residence....) I know my little contributions don't seem much and often have my family scratching their heads at my attempts at being green, but it makes me happy to be treading as gently as I can manage at this point in time. One of the tips from the 'make do and mend blog was putting your old orange and lemon peel into a jar of white vinegar to make a cleaner. I had the vinegar, I have satsuma peel so it has cost me nothing. I will be putting it into a spray bottle later and giving it a go.
I have also bought some soap nuts. I have to say I was very dubious about these and did resort of my usual stuff when the grandchildren were here. I'm not sure how they would have coped with food and poo splattered clothes, but for everything else they have been great. I am a convert! I put a few drops of essential oil in the rinse and Bobs your uncle as they say, Green washing. I feel so virtuous haha. The nuts go in the compost bin when finished with.
You are probably wondering about the title. Well here's a little health and safety warning for you all. Don't be a numpty like me and cook while wearing one of your favourite scarves. I thought I could smell something burning........it turned out to be me. Burnt scarf, burnt carpet where I threw it down and stamped on it and the tips of my hair singed. Apart from that, I was very very lucky!