Saturday, 22 March 2014

World Water Day

Whilst it may be difficult to comprehend, living in a city that looked like this a couple of months ago, the sad fact is that 768 million people don't have access to safe water. Obviously the flooding in Oxford did cause severe damage to homes but even so, water in these parts is not exactly an issue!

It seems so far removed from our daily reality that there are still huge swathes of people without access to water. We all know that it is the case but on a day to day basis it is almost like white noise, you know that it is there but you don't notice it anymore.

What can we do? We can donate to and support amazing charities such as charity:water, unicef, wateraid, & friends of the earth. We can sign the petition against Mekorot, Israel's national water company which gives 80% of Palenstine's water to Israel and deprives Palestinians of their basic human right, water. And we can follow friends of the earth's 10 ways to save water tips to make us more aware of how much water we use & to help keep our own household water bill down!

Happy World Water Day folks!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ebay shop

Morning all! Just a wee note to let you know that I am adding my handmade pieces to the auction section of my Ebay shop meaning that there are bargains to be had folks ;) I'll be adding more and more pieces throughout the week so do keep an eye out... I'm raising funds to buy chickens!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


(photo by Jocelyn Kinghorn via Pinterest)

We have embarked upon the path to self-sufficiency we have (tongue very firmly in cheek). We now have basil and mint herbs and are growing cress. Today I bought a bell pepper to plant up too, and I have chive and parsley seeds to plant. We are seriously contemplating a chicken. (I am anyway!) I'd quite like a rabbit too although I'm not allowed one. Pout. Oh and I bought a couple of heather plants too as they can cope with the shade (our back garden is shade heavy) and bees love them. I tentatively pointed out that if we had a goat T would never have to mow the lawn, but T put his foot down on this idea too.

I don't quite know what's going on with me. I haven't felt right for a loooong time. Lately all I can think about is having a garden, growing some of my own food, being outside, reconnecting. I think that's what I really need, to reconnect to the earth. Could it be that the reason I have been feeling so down this last year or more is because really I want/need to be outside? It's like a yearning, like a returning to something even though I wasn't there before... does that even make sense?

I've decided that I want a bike. I do live in a city where practically everyone has a bike, but not me. I've never really liked cycling. But this urge to be outside... I want to be able to cycle to the park, and go for a ride out in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside this spring and summer. Getting a bit fitter on the side would be a nice bonus.

I dolly daydream about gardening. Today I actually asked T to take me to Yarnton nurseries and this morning I pored over a gardening catalogue whilst I drank my tea. After reading The Secret Life of Bees on my kindle I spent half of last Sunday researching bees, bee blogs, awesome things about honey and telling T that I wanted a bee hive. I am well and truly fixed on the idea of having bee friendly flowers and plants in our little back garden, anything to help the little fellas.

Am I having some sort of bizarre reverse midlife crisis? You know, instead of ditching T for a younger model and snaffling a Ferrari, I have an overwhelming need to buy a spade and grow my own courgettes! I feel as though I need to be outside, out doors. I need to be doing something. I don't want to spend 9-10 hours per day cooped up at work indoors. I don't want to do that five days a week and then spend my hard earnt money on things that are exorbitantly priced and over packaged and relatively tasteless and sprayed with god know what when potentially I could grow my own. I don't want to be inside when I could be outside. I don't want to be cooped up in a building all of the time. Aaaaggghhh I need something to change. So desperately. I need to find a new path to follow, a bright, shiny, new dream to believe in.

Somehow this giant voice inside of me head seems to think that the answer is OUT THERE...