I promised you something more uplifting for this post so we begin with - Winter Dawn From The Back Door. There is my lovely old bare pear tree in the corner, having a quiet winter sleep-in.
Exhibit No 2: I have been enjoying Libi's blog, and recently she had a splendid, ethical, eco-birthday.
Exhibit No 3: Linda Cockburn wrote one of my favourite books - a wonderfully honest account of six months of (almost) self-sufficiency, to see if her family could indeed live according to their eco-principles.
Her blog has been even more depressing than mine of late, but here is a moment of immense hopefulness. I will be voting for any party that adopts this as its platform..
And here at home... well, another confession. My kitchen compost system is very inefficient. Every time I peel fruit or make dinner, I find a dirty dish in the dishwasher, fill it with peels, and then take it out to the compost bin. That means that incidental apple cores and banana peels get put in the bin. I know, I know. The reason is, I didn't have anything to put compost in that I wanted to see sitting on my bench...I know, I know. So last week I dropped stuff off at the op shop, then went in and bought things, something I find hard to do now I'm a reformed clutterer. Still, clearly, in this case, buying GOOD, right?
Look what I found...
It's like it was waiting for me. Op shop gods were good to me. So now we can all compost all the time. And then this wanted to come home with me...
One day, my plastic buckets will break, and then I will need this one. See, thinking ahead.
And, product of the week to unplasticise (would you believe it, the computer thinks I just made that word up) is pasta. I had no faith that I would find this without plastic. I had never seen it in bulk bins at the wholefood shop, and only in plastic packets elsewhere. But The Girl and I walked into the supermarket, and there it was, up on the top shelf. I swear, I have never seen pasta in cardboard before. Did it just arrive this week?
I wonder if new EU recycling and packaging regulations are responsible? Because this isn't local pasta of course. If anyone knows of pasta produced in Tassie - let me know. Even better if it comes in a paper bag..
So seriously, happy. Loaves of bread bought without plastic bags this week - 7. Takeaway consumed after seriously stressful and busy weekend - 0 (Made pumpkin soup and home made wedges instead, but nearly killed me. OK, maybe wasn't quite that dramatic. Clearly, I survived). Meat trays and wrapping thrown in the bin this week - 0. Compostable scraps thrown in the bin this week - Several, when we forgot we had an elegant compost pot. Pasta bags in the bin this week - 0.
Tired, but determinedly cheerful mother of four. One grown up son (The Boy), one grown up daughter (The Girl), two girls at home, Rosy (17) and Posy (13). Trying to buy a little less, make a little more, live a little lighter, not mess up the children too much.. and now extra frugal adventures with Partner Paul..