3 (Sort of) Green Things

This time, stuck inside with two children trying (or not) to do their school work, is very odd. For years I have craved time where I don’t have to go out. No school run, no politics at the school gate, no ‘nipping’ to the shops because the I’m missing the vital ingredient for tea. So, for all the time I have at home during this coronavirus pandemic you’d think I would be thriving with plenty to get on with and fewer outside forces disturbing the peace………..

But I’ve been finding it hard to prioritise and focus on the ‘things’ that need doing recently. To help me find my focus and motivation I have spent this week looking for inspiration. I found these 3 things I and thought I would share them with you. Hope you enjoy them.

#showyourstripes. Show Your What? you may ask! My friend who works for the Met Office posted on her Facebook page yesterday what looked like a blue and red bar code. While it looked striking it took me a minute to work out what it had to do with her climate change caption.

From http://showyourstripes.info

This information is released for public use by Professor Ed Hawkins at the University of Reading. It uses average temperatures to plot how the climate is warming. Read more about show your stripes here and find the stripe for your continent and country here. If the red bars don’t frighten you, and I think they should, then look at the stripe for the Ocean>Arctic. Personally I don’t think we should be waiting for more data to prove the climate is changing we should be getting on with making the changes to our daily lives to limit the effects of climate change.

Menu planning! If you have spent much time on this blog you will know that I struggle with the menu plan every…….single…….. week. I normally visit our local library every couple of weeks and in my borrowings there is nearly always a cookery book for inspiration. Our library is closed during the coronavirus shutdown so I have had to look for inspiration elsewhere. Two bits of news caught my eye this week. The first was a friend’s post for Jamie Oliver’s 7 veg sauce, which I think I need to try with my kids very soon. The second was a message from the National Trust telling me, amongst other things, it is National Picnic Week next week and if I needed ideas I could head over to their recipe pages. Yep, you heard right, they have recipes………..! Thank you National Trust, my new place to hang out this week for foodie inspiration!

Plastic Free July is just around the corner. If you are looking for the next ‘one thing’ you want to change in your move for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly house sign up now for the challenge. They have ideas and inspiration to keep you motivated through the month and help you find new ways that work for you to ditch single use plastic.

The Canal and Rivers Trust also have a plastic challenge you can take part in if you are close to a waterway this summer. Find details of how to get involved on their website.

Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend. x

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