The Beauty Of Zero Waste- Vintage Tech

Crafted from natural materials with care taken over form as well as function, vintage technology has a soul which is lovely to behold. Add to this the tendency for vintage items to come without packaging and the fact that they are often easily repaired and it becomes easy to see why vintage is becoming the…

Solidarity Saturdays

Heart-warming morning visiting Solidarity Saturday at Preston New Road. Lovely people, great cake- warming tea and coffee.   Rescue bears…..give one a home today.   Superstars….every single one.  

A Small Change With Huge Impacts

Firstly a confession, I have been getting it wrong, very wrong in fact. Expending energies on taking glass containers to the shop,buying second hand, eating mostly vegetables…..seeing my part in the fight for the planet as one which could be fought within the boundaries of my own home, within my own village. I’ve changed my…

A Little Village with a big heart sends a special Valentine

A small village in North Lancashire is preparing to send an extra special Valentine in 2016. Knott End, a small village tucked away on a peninsula north of Blackpool, famed only for its brief connection to the painter L.S Lowry (he painted the Knott End ferry during his holidays there) is preparing to demonstrate how…

Why the issue is so much bigger than fracking

The energy industry would have us believe that fracking is a safe procedure which would ensure our ‘energy security’ . Our government is enthusiastically promoting fracking as an answer to our energy needs, pushing forward new licences for much of the UK. For a fossil fuel company, such as Cuadrilla, its one imperative is to…

Renovations and A Holiday

We’re going backwards a little here, trying to document what happened earlier in the year. Being pregnant and working full time , blogging wasn’t my first priority ! We had a fabulous trip to Cornwall, visiting the Eden Project again and, having been Poldark fans, we visited several locations, including historic Charlestown and Wheal Lesisure, the…

Why the British Electoral System Has To Change

Alongside 1.15 million people in  UK , I voted for the Green Party on May the 7th. Our ‘First past The Post ‘ electoral system means that this translates to just one seat in the house of commons. Contrast this with the Scottish National Party  who received 1.4 million votes and yet have gained 56 seats,…

Summer’s End

*   What happened to the summer ? It seemed as though the weeks were endless and September was a world away. Autumn seems to have come early this year and we’ve been making the most of the ripe profusion of blackberries growing in dense pockets in the lanes around our house. *  Making the…

More Camping and Castles

You can tell it’s the summer holiday, so many posts showing visits to campsites and castles! *   This last week saw us in Northumbria, exploring Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman fort of Houseteads, (nearly 2000 years old), Dunstaburgh and Alnwick Castle ( Hogwarts to all you Harry Potter fans), and staying on the nicest campsite…

Glamping

We have just spent two nights in the Lake District at Low Wray campsite – owned and managed by the National Trust. We had a beautiful spot right by the lake and have invested in a bigger tent this year – my old one being more of a back packing affair. The new abode feels…