Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Animal Tales - 106


Welcome to Animal Tales, the monthly linky for all your animal stories.  If you have an animal related blog post (old or new) then come and link up!

Saari and I are both wondering if you could send some healing thoughts this way.  Saari's best friend, Mini-Pig, had an accident on Sunday resulting in her dislocating a hind leg at the hip.  The vets have been unable to get the joint to stay in by manipulation so she is due to have it operated on tomorrow.  Fingers crossed she will make a full recovery and soon be back doing what she loves best - careering through the countryside at great speed.  Thank you.

Mini-Pig

Monday, 11 December 2017

Dogs and Christmas


With the Christmas season well and truly up us please do take a moment to consider dogs as well as our friends and family as their take on Christmas may not be quite the same as ours. 

Presents for Dogs


Can I let you into a secret? Dogs don't understand Christmas and they really don't need any presents.  Why not spend the money on some wild bird feed or sponsor a wild animal instead?  However if you absolutely must get them something please try and go with something that is plastic-free and maybe also good for them - a new exercise toy for example.  And if you feel totally unable to resist some pet accessory such as these canine antlers, please never leave the dog alone with them as they can all too easily become a choking hazard.


For more tips on how to own a sustainable pet have a read of this blog post.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

My kitchen table - my life


This was my kitchen table yesterday and I realised that it summed up my life so well and what I hope to achieve on a daily basis.  Let me take you on a journey round my kitchen table/life ...

My kitchen table sums up my life so well

Starting top left and going clockwise:

Bowl of bread dough rising - this one is pumpkin bread and it turned out really tasty.  The sharp eyed among you may notice the dough is covered with plastic and you would be right.  It is a bag that had tortilla wraps in it and after being used several times to freeze things it split so got downgraded to a bread cover.

My 13 year old Nokia phone - yup, I really do have an original Nokia and it is at least 13 years old.  Dare I ask how many phone upgrades you have had in 13 years?

2 tea towels - these came from my Mum's house after we cleared it out.  We tried to salvage as much as possible of things that could not be given to charity or sold on/recycled.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Going Green #13 - Dec 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Happy Green Christmas


Lots of the blogs last month had a Christmas theme and I have included links to many of these in the 2 "Ultimate Green Christmas" posts I have written - one of Green Present Ideas and one on having a Green Christmas generally.  If anyone would ask me one piece of green advice for this time of year it would be this - don't be swayed by all the adverts thrown at at every turn or what everyone tells you you should be doing... make Christmas what you (and the planet) want it to be:


Friday, 17 November 2017

Green Christmas Present Ideas - The Ultimate List


If the advertisers and big manufacturers were to have their way we would buy so much stuff for Christmas we'd have to starve for the rest of the year.  Well I have a message for big business.  There is another way.  A green way that does not mean Christmas is stuffed full of plastic, packaging, waste and debt.  Christmas can be just as fun, and above all better for the planet if we step off the treadmill of rampant commercialism and make Christmas altogether more sustainable.  In my previous blog post I wrote about general ways to celebrate a green Christmas and now I give you the low down on eco-present giving.

Green Christmas present ideas


The Ultimate Collection of Green Christmas Ideas


Christmas is just around the corner and for those trying to lead a more green and sustainable life this can be a difficult time.  The constant pressure from adverts to BUY, BUY, BUY can all too easily force you into the mindset that the only way to have the perfect Christmas is to buy masses of new stuff - presents, cards, wrapping paper, decorations, food and drinks, clothes, new sofas, new technology .... And only when you do this will you have the picture perfect time as seen in all the big budget TV adverts, magazines articles, billboards and so on which are inescapable at this time of year.

It is difficult not to get sucked in.  Who doesn't want a fabulous meal or to see the delight on children's faces as they rip open their presents on Christmas Day?  Perhaps you want to be the decorated home everyone talks about with your magazine perfect brand new every year decorations?  Or maybe you can see beyond the glitter and the tinsel for what Christmas is really all about - plastic, excess packaging, waste, food miles, lining the pockets of big business, exploitation of workers, family debt etc.

Now don't get me wrong.  I am not saying we all turn into Scrooge and bah humbug our way through the festive season.  But I do believe we can all have just as much fun without all the excess.  So I asked on a couple of Facebook groups (Make Do and Mend and Zero Waste Heroes!) and among my fellow bloggers and friends what they do at Christmas to keep keep it green whilst still having fun and I got MASSES of responses.  So much so I have going to have to put them in to 2 blog posts - one for present ideas (Green Christmas Present Ideas - The Ultimate List) and one for everything else!

Ideas for a Green Christmas


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Seal in the River Liffey, Dublin


I am just back from a family holiday in Ireland.  When there, we has a day trip to Dublin, taking the train along the coast from further south.  We had read that you can see seals here so kept our eyes peeled all the way there in the hope of seeing one ... without luck.  I have never seen a wild seal.  Oh well, maybe another time.

In Dublin we walked down to the dock area where we took a moment alongside the River Liffey to decide what to do next.  At the same moment we all turned to look at the river and what did we see - a SEAL!!  It was just chilling in the middle of the river, without a care in the world.  I found this video from The Irish Times from 2 years ago when a seal was filmed in the Liffey at the same place as we were so apparently our sighting was not a first, although I do not know if the seal we saw was the same one.  We watched it for a while and it was obviously looking for fish, diving for up to 10 minutes at a time before resurfacing.

The article in The Irish Times asks whether the seal will become the Dublin equivalent of Fungi the Dolphin.  Fungi is a wild bottlenose dolphin who happily lives in Dingle Harbour, Kerry, on the West coast of Ireland.  When we were there in 2000 we specifically went to see if we could see him but without any luck.  

Seeing this seal was just as good though and such a surprise as we knew nothing about seals in the Liffey.  It also proves that the water is not too polluted which is great news for a city river.

Have you ever seen any wildlife in an unexpected place?

Seal in the River Liffey, Dublin.  Image from The Irish Times


Animal Tales - 105


Welcome to Animal Tales, the monthly linky for all your animal stories.  If you have an animal related blog post (old or new) then come and link up!

One of my posts this week is about seeing wildlife in an unexpected place - you can read about it here.

Image from The Irish Times

Monday, 6 November 2017

Going Green #12 - Nov 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Green Christmas


Christmas can be a trying time for green minded people - the pressure to buy so much stuff and eat to excess is all around from TV to Internet, in the shops and at schools and businesses.  I would like to write a post giving some great ways to green up Christmas and for that I need your help.  Have you got some innovative ideas of how we can celebrate in style without spending a fortune and more importantly for the planet, without creating more waste?  Maybe you have some ideas for presents you can make or some delicious recipes for home-made festive food?  What about natural decorations or home-made cards?  Or have you ways you spend Christmas that don't involve any spending at all?

If you have any ideas you would like to share please either leave a comment below or use the contact form in the right hand column.  Do give a link to your blog, if you have one and I will link back to you.  Let's see if together we can wean ourselves off the excess that is the 21stcentury Christmas and be able to wish everyone a Very Happy GREEN Christmas.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Ending the use of disposable drinks cups


In rural France, where I live, you simply do not see people drinking on the run. A drink, such as coffee, is either drunk at home or whilst sitting in a bar or café and it is drunk from a china cup.  However I am just back from Ireland and it was rather a shock to see so many people wandering around with drinks in disposable cups.  Even the local supermarket had a coffee vending machine and when we crossed on Irish Ferries, the coffee in the canteen was only sold in disposable cups.  

Tray of used disposable cups heading to landfill

Many people believe that disposable drinks cups can be easily recycled when, in fact, because they are lined with plastic this is not true.  And anyway, with most cups used "on the run" the vast majority just end up in general waste bins.  It is estimated only 1 in 400 cups in the UK actually gets recycled.  Furthermore the cardboard the cups are made from is "new" board and almost no recycled fibre is used amidst health concerns for the user.

In the UK 2.5 BILLION disposable cups are thrown away every year.  That is 7 million every day or just over 80 cups EVERY SECOND.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Be the change you wish to see in the world


This picture recently came up in my Instagram feed ...

Image from Instagram

... and someone in the comments wanted to know where they could buy the sign as they are setting up a zero waste shop.

But ...

Whilst the message is spot on, it seems completely ironic to me that someone setting up a zero waste shop should be asking where they can buy a sign that would have be transported with associated packaging materials.   So I suggested that to be true to their cause they should really should be making a sign themselves from local stuff that would otherwise go into landfill.  They replied that they would not know how to even start making a sign like that and anyway zero waste is not about not buying anything new.  I further replied that perhaps a better solution would be to get someone local to make the sign, maybe a school or college, thus helping to build local networks and spread the zero waste message.  In our journey to save the planet we may not stop be able to stop buying things but we do need to look for sustainable alternativese.

Sadly though, I am not sure they were overly impressed with my comments.  For daring to air my opinions the person setting up the zero waste shop has now removed their comments both asking where to buy the sign and their inability to make their own .... and blocked me from their Instagram account.

We are all entitled to our opinions and I was not rude.   I simply added what I felt was a valid point and I believe that anyone in business needs to be able to deal with feedback.  Blocking them is hardly a constructive way of going about this.

What do you think - was I wrong to add my viewpoint and were my comments valid?  Feedback welcome!

A Green and Rosie Life

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Simple and Sustainable Ways to enjoy Halloween

 
I am the first to admit I love Halloween.  I am a dab hand at making costumes so long as they are ghosts or zombies (!) and I take great delight in making frightful looking food that actually tastes really nice.  However what I do not like about Halloween is twofold and they are linked.  I do not like the rise in its commercialism and I do not like Trick or Treating.  For me I love a simple and sustainable Halloween.

Home-made zombie costumes for Halloween

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Animal Tales - 104


Welcome to Animal Tales, the monthly linky for all your animal stories.  If you have an animal related blog post (old or new) then come and link up!

A PLEA - if you are going to link up please have he decency to comment on at least some of the other blogs.  I know I have been late getting there this month but that has just served to show me how few comments some of the lovely posts have got from people joining in the linky.  

Cute kitten with a big message

Monday, 2 October 2017

Going Green #11 - Oct 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Some questions about organic food - Why do you buy it?


I have written a couple of blogs this month ("Am I really Green Because ... " and "When Organic food may not be the best choice") looking at the environmental choices we may all make, asking if we actually make the best choice every time.  I would like to take one aspect of these blogs a bit further and for that I need you help.  Could you therefore answer the following for me:

Do you buy organic food? 


  • If yes what is the main reason why.
  • If no - why not?

If yes would you buy organic food if it...

1. Was packaged in plastic?
2. Contained palm oil?
3. Was not produced locally?

Thank you and please do pop your answers in a comment below.

Why do you buy organic food?

Friday, 29 September 2017

Why I will not buy organic food that contains palm oil


My last blog post questioned whether choosing organic food over non organic was always the best choice for the environment.  Many people are happy to pay extra for organic food thinking they are doing the very best for the environment.  However, in my view, there are many instances when organic food does not offer the best environmental choice, including when it contains palm oil:

Quote from my blog post:

When organic foods are contain palm oil  


We all know the devastating effects palm oil plantations are having on the rain forests of Asia and South America and the animals and plants that used to live there.  Manufacturers may say their palm oil is sustainable (what exactly does that mean anyway?) but the production of all palm oil goes far beyond just destroying habitats.  The working conditions of those harvesting and processing the crops is often extremely poor with no health care in place and workers are paid very low wages.  For the consumer, palm oil is far from a healthy product being high in saturated fats.  So why do organic producers even use it in their products?  Simply because it is the cheapest fat currently available.

I then received this comment from Jana315:

"Organic palm oil, all of the world's producers, grow in sustainably. Organic palm oil is the BEST choice among oils. Please do your research so that you are educated properly on this subject. Organic Palm oil is zero chemical input, pays farmers well and is ALL non-gmo. All palm oil is non-gmo. Responsible palm cultivation is a solution to feed the world."
In hindsight I had greatly simplified the organic palm oil issue, as I had done with each point in the blog, and so I wish to expand it here, both answering Jana315 and further clarifying why I stand by my claim that choosing organic foods containing palm oil may not be the best environmental choice.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

When Organic food may not be the best choice


"Buy Organic and save the Planet" could well be the logo of a company selling organic products and in many ways it rings true.  With a world of only organic agriculture we could be rid of so many harmful chemicals that kill more than the pests and weeds they are designed to wipe out.  We would say goodbye to genetically modified crops and the world's soil would be in a much better state.  But is organic always the right choice?  Are there actually times when you would be better off not choosing the organic option?  Was this "Simply Good and Organic" muesli I bought really a good environmental choice?



Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Animal Tales - 103


Welcome to Animal Tales, the monthly linky for all your animal stories.  If you have an animal related blog post (old or new) then come and link up!

I am afraid my first post this month is a sad one as we had to bid our final farewell to one of our cats, Henry.  It is always the hardest of decisions to make and I have written a post that I hope might helps others know when the time is right to let their pet go.  I have also added a more light hearted one one from 8 years ago - the day we made Henry sulk!

Henry, a handsome black and white cat
Henry - a noble puss who never had a hair out of place

Deciding when to have a pet put down


Last week we had Henry, our oldest cat, put to down.  He had had kidney failure for several years but the wonders of modern medicine and specialist foods had kept him going as the disease advanced.  But all pet owners must, at some point, make the decision to have a pet put down.  So how do you know when it is right to say goodbye?

Henry, a beautoful black and white cat
Henry

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Am I really green because ...


I am not a vegan?

But what about all those vegan foods that are imported from the other side of the world.  Maybe I should only ...

Shop Locally?

But what if I can only get non organic produce or factor farmed meat locally.  I need to ...

Only Eat Organic

But you know what?  My organic shop sells a lot of processed foods, non local foods and those made with palm oil.  So let's go ...

Palm Oil Free

Looking good until you realise that the only palm oil free peanut butter you can buy comes in a plastic jar.  So the answer must be to ...

Go Zero-Waste

Sounds great until I tell you that the nearest bulk store for me is miles away without any public transport so think of all that fuel I'd use to get there.  So I need to become ...

Self Sufficient

Now in fairness I do grow a lot of my own produce.  And so it is local .... and organic ... and palm oil free and very low on waste.  BUT, I raise and eat my own animals (and use their manure to fertilise the soil) so I am well and truly not a vegan which takes me neatly back to the start of this post.



Monday, 4 September 2017

Going Green #10 - Sept 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

A summer of not blogging!


You may have noticed a bit of a silence from me over the last month as I was so busy with other things that I took a bit of a blogging break.  Plus our internet was rather temperamental and was often was down to a speed that felt you were wading through treacle ... or it completely died!!   Hopefully I did finally manage to visit all your posts from last month although I had problems adding comments to one or two for some reason.  Sorry about that.

Well with autumn on its way (complete with some fabulous sunsets), the boys go back to school this week so with luck I'll have a bit more time to spend on this blog.  I hope you had a great summer and I look forward to reading all the linked up posts this month.

Normandy late summer sunset
Normandy late summer sunset




Sunday, 3 September 2017

My Green Summer


I pretty much took a break from blogging this summer - partly I was too busy and something had to give and partly my internet connection was playing silly whatsits and was often so slow (or even dead) that it made working online almost impossible.  I am keeping everything crossed that will behave itself from now on.

So I though I would take this opportunity to share with you some of my green moments from the summer of 2017.  I'd love to hear what you have been up to too.

Family Time


The boys and Simon went camping in the UK for a while and when they were here we had some great times playing games such as Settlers of Catan and Molkky (Finnish skittles made from wood), visiting local landmarks including our favourite castle at Falaise (birthplace of William the Conqueror) and taking some lovely walks around the Normandy countryside.

Playing Molkky

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The British Plastic Federation and #PlasticFreeJuly


I was really pleased to hear that at the end of July plastic was talked about on Radio 4's You and Yours consumer affairs programme in response to both #PlasticFreeJuly and to the survey that says that 90% of people want to see a plastic free aisle in the supermarket.  I was, however, less pleased to hear what the supermarkets and British Plastics Federation had to say about plastics.   You can have a listen here, it is the first topic discussed - PlasticFreeJuly on You and Yours.

 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Animal Tales - 102


Welcome to Animal Tales, the monthly linky for all your animal stories.  If you have an animal related blog post (old or new) then come and link up! I had hoped to write an animals of Eco-Gites of Lenault update but failed to find the time. So instead I thought you might like this photo.  Remember the ducklings that hatched earlier in the year?  Well they have grown up a bit and have learnt how to fly.  Here they are on the sheep shelter with Bertie, the ram and Moo the cat to keep them company!

Ducks at Eco-Gites of Lenault

Monday, 7 August 2017

Going Green #9 - Aug 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Plastic Free July ... for Ever!


Last month was Plastic Free July where we are asked to choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.  Did you take part ... and more importantly will you carry on reducing your plastic use now and for ever?!  I was really pleased to hear that it got a mention in Radio 4's You and Yours (A UK national radio consumer programme) although the response from both the supermarkets, the British Retail Consortium and the British Plastics Federation were depressing to say the least.  I will add a separate blog about what was said as soon as I can find a few minutes and add it to the linky.



Monday, 31 July 2017

Observations on #PlasticfreeJuly

So #PlasticFreeJuly is drawing to a close for 2017.  How was it for you?  Did you manage to refuse plastic and find alternatives?  Did you learn anything new and will you move forwards more plastic aware?  I know I learnt a lot from the month, some of which was rather depressing but some was really very uplifting. 

Plastic Free July 2017

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Home made foods > 4. Plastic packaging > 0.


July is Plastic Free July which aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. As part of the challenge one of my aims has been to make more foods that I might otherwise buy and which comes in plastic packaging.  So what have I managed ... 

1. Tortillas Wraps


Not only are these plastic wrapped*, they also contain a shed-load of additives AND palm oil.  This recipe for home-made tortillas from My Make Do and Mend Life popped up in my Facebook timeline and I am please do report that they were easy to make and tasted delicious.

Home made tortillas - A Green and Rosie Life


* I do reuse the plastic bags they come in - they are great for helping to keep lettuces fresh in the fridge and make good string packages for sandwiches and my own home-made bread.  But overall I would rather not have them and he fact the tortillas contain palm oil ensures they are no longer on my shopping list.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Saving the Iberian Lynx one salt pot at a time


Last week these pots of salt caught my eye for all the right reasons - they are made from cardboard and have a cork lid, not the usual plastic one.  The salt I normally buy comes in a plastic pot but this will be my salt of choice from now on, not just because of the lack of plastic (which in itself is a positive step forwards) but because the cork lids helps to preserve one of the rarest of our big cats - the Iberian Lynx.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Animal Tales - 101


Welcome to Animal Tales, the monthly linky just for all your animal stories.  Got an animal related blog post (old or new? Then come and link up!

A change to Animal Tales


Over the 100 linkies Animal Tales has taken a lot of my time - not that I ever mind reading about animals mind you.  I am also finding that my other linky Going Green is getting bigger by the month so I have decided that from now on Animal Tales will run just once a month ... on the second Tuesday.  It will stay open for a week ans from now on please link up to TWO of your animal posts. 


Monday, 3 July 2017

Going Green #8 - July 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Let's Ditch Single Use Plastic - Plastic Free July!


Last month The Marine Conservation Society ran their #PlasticChallenge which really managed to focus my mind on what plastic (especially single use) we use as a family.  This month the theme is continued through Plastic Free July where we are asked to choose to refuse single-use plastic during July.  Will you give it a go?  As a family we are gradually reducing single use plastic but we still do have a long way to go.  This was my shopping trolley this week:


There are still rather too many plastic lids and the toothbrushes are made from plastic and plastic wrapped but I am the lookout for non plastic alternatives. The pasta came in a cardboard box but it did have a small plastic window (I need to make my own!). 2 of the wine bottles have screw tops but the others may have plastic corks.  I normally get fruit juice in glass bottles but the 2 tetrapaks were in the bargain bucket at a very cheap price. Tetrapaks contain some plastic which can be recycled but the process uses more energy than creating new ones. So not an ideal environmental choice but a better one for my pocket.

How is your shopping trolley - can you reduce how much single use plastic it contains?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Animal Tales - 100


Welcome to the 100th Animal Tales.  Wow - 100 linkies bringing together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  And what a variety of animals there have been.  Everything from tiny insects to wonderful huge hippos.  (possibly not quite enough hippos but hey ho - I have loved seeing those that were linked up!!)  We have welcomed new pets into our lives and bid others the saddest of farewells.  I feel I have got to know many of your pets so well and have shed tears of laughter and sadness on so many posts.  Thank you all for your support.  

To celebrate I would love it if you would link up to THREE posts each which can include old ones you may already have linked but that you think might like another airing.  I know there are some posts I would love to read again.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Keeping Dogs Cool in Hot weather


As Britain and much of Europe wilt under the sudden onset of some extremely hot weather it is vitally important that we protect our dogs from the heat.  All too easily they can suffer heat stroke which in extreme cases can lead to death and therefore helping pooch to stay cool is vital in hot weather.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Does Zero Waste need a re-brand?



I have always been pretty good at not wasting too much stuff.  I think it brushed off from my mother who was born just before WWII and spent all her early years eeking things out, making them last and only throwing them away when they really had reached the point of zero usefulness. As her generation grew into young adults they took 2 very different paths.  Some threw off the shackles of the austere war years and others, like my Mum just carried on as before.  Those who changed started to buy more things and would have seen their waste levels creep up. They enjoyed the convenience of ready meals as they started to appear in the shops in the 70s and as they had money and things were freely available nobody questioned if they wasted some food, threw away the Christmas wrapping paper of filled their bin with plastic packaging etc.  In contrast we never wasted food and Mum knew how to make meals from left-overs, we had to open our presents carefully so the paper could be reused for the next year (and the one after that) and my mother did not waste her money on a lot of stuff she felt we didn't need ... stuff that was increasingly to be found in more and more packaging.

All this rubbed off on me. At university I read Environmental Science and a friend once pointed out that I was Green long before it was trendy to be so.

Fast forward a few years though, and with the advent of the Internet I learnt of a whole new level of waste reduction that I could never have envisaged >>> Zero-Waste. I saw pictures of zero-wasters holding a small glass jar containing their entire waste for a year – in some cases even more than that. Oh my goodness me. I thought I was good at not creating waste but it seems I am not. No, there are zero-wasters out there who have all but eliminated waste in their lives.

Image from Inhabitat

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Animal Tales - 99


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It usually runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.  However I have been away for a week (which is why Animal Tales is up a day late) so this week I will leave the linky open until Friday evening.

Next week is the 100th Animal Tales


Next week it will be the 100th Animal Tales which is a point I could never have envisaged reaching when I started the linky. We may not be up there with the big linkies that get masses of bloggers joining every week but I think we have some of the nicest posts of any linky ... not that I am biased or anything!!  So let's have a little Animal Tales party next time.  Cut yourself a slice of ckae, crack open the bubbly and then link up TWO posts.  You can link up any new post you have and if you want one that you have already linked before - maybe it is an absolute favourite and a post that you think everyone might like to revisit or maybe you feel it just needs a bit more love.  If you haven't got a new post why not add 2 old ones and let's celebrate the wonderful animal and their tales. 

 

Saari is 10 - Happy Birthday


10 years ago we moved to France.  A few weeks after we arrived we found a nearby dog refuge and went for a "quick look round" ... and came home with Saari, an 11 week old puppy!  She will be 10 this week so I thought I would celebrate this with some of my favourite pictures of her.  I hope you enjoy them too.

Thief - she finally pulled it over!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Going Green #7 - June 2017



Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find all the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

Don't waste our planet!


At a time when President Trump has pulled out of The Paris Climate Agreement I feel the message that we must live in harmony with our planet, rather than destroying it must be raised to even higher levels.  Even if Trump was right and increased CO2 levels are not causing climate change, it is impossible to deny the environmental damage that man is inflicting on the entire planet.  From seas full of trillions of plastic particles, to habitat and species being lost at an frightening rate; from air pollution over our cities big and small to the pollution of our land and waterways by increasing amounts of waste with nowhere to put it ... Man is doing a very good job of changing this planet and not in a good way.  And this damage is not some one else's fault.  We all have our part to play to a lesser and greater degree and we all need to work towards a solution.   This month I am having a focus on plastic waste and you can join in too.  The Marine Conservation Society is running a #PlasticChallenge through June and my linked posts are two plastic challenges I am also setting you.  Are you up for a challenge?  Will you take the 100 step plastic challenge and/or my shopping trolley plastic challenge?


Saturday, 3 June 2017

My shopping trolley - a plastic reducing challenge


Throughout June the Marine Conservation Society UK is organising a #PlasticChallenge, encouraging everyone to reduce how much plastic they use, especially single use plastic.  You can find more details and how to sign up here.

Over the years I have gradually worked at reducing how much waste we, as a family produce, although I know I have a long way to go to become zero-waste (more of that in another blog, shortly) ... but I thought I would share this week's shopping trolley with you complete with my failures and successes, and some ideas on how I could further reduce my plastic consumption.

How much plastic is in your shopping trolley?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Take the 100 step plastic reduction challenge


In our modern world is is impossible to avoid plastic.  It is all around us that in many cases we probably do not even notice it yet its negative effect on the planet is devastating.  Plastic is made from fossil fuels that were laid down many millions of years ago, locking up carbon and you can read more about why this is so bad in a recent blog I wrote - 100 ways to reduce your plastic use. Scientists estimate that there are 269,000 tons of plastic pollution may be floating in the world's oceans made up of some 5.25 TRILLION plastic particles.  We are even eating plastic and microplastic particles have been found in mussels, oysters and sea scallops.  It is even estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic, by weight, in the ocean than fish.  That is plastic that YOU and I have used and thrown away. 


Image from the Marine Conservation Society

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Animal Tales - 98


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It usually runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.  However I have been away for a week (which is why Animal Tales is up a day late) so this week I will leave the linky open until Friday evening.

Duckling Update


Sadly one of the ducklings has disappeared - we are not sure what has happened to it but Harriet is trying her very best to keep the other 8 safe and still hisses at me when I go near her! 


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The UK's Obsession with Plastic Wrapped Fresh Produce


I am currently on a short holiday in the UK and today I went into a well known supermarket wanting some salad ingredients and a few bits and bobs to see me through.  Once in the shop something quickly struck me.  Practically all the fresh produce was wrapped in plastic.  Where was all the loose produce?  In France much more is available loose and the bags you use to put it in are made from corn not plastic and are biodegradable.  Or, maybe you are like me and you take your own reusable produce bags.


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Animal Tales - 97


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

We have DUCKLINGS!!


Just after the last #AnimalTales Harriet's ducklings hatched.  I've written a blog about them and how many she hatched from her nine eggs and linked it up below.

How many ducklings did Harriet hatch?

Monday, 1 May 2017

Going Green #6 - May 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find al the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.


GreenRosieLife is on Instagram!!


It's taken a while but I am finally on Instagram.  Please do head over and see if you think any of my photos deserve a like.  A follow would be much appreciated as I feel a bit small over there at the moment!



Thursday, 27 April 2017

Help Ban Wild Animals in Circuses


Roll up roll up - the circus is in town.  Doesn't everyone love them?  The big top with its slapstick clowns, daredevil acrobats and ...... oh and performing wild animals.  In 17 countries around the world, wild animals are not allowed in circuses but in France, the UK, the US and countless other countries this is not the case.  Throughout the summer, across France you will see posters proudly advertising whichever circus is in town and without a modicum of compassion also displaying the wild animals that will supposedly amaze and delight you.

STOP.  This is 2017 and I thought we had left such atrocities against Nature well and truly in the past.  But no, this is not the case and this was once again brought to my attention when Phoebe, a friend down in Provence, sent me pictures of this circus hippo that she snapped in her local town. Look carefully too and you will see lions caged in small travelling wagons acting as part of the hippo enclosure.

Photo by Phoebe from Lou Messugo

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Animal Tales - 96


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

Still waiting


Harriet the duck is STILL sitting tight on her eggs so fingers crossed I will have ducklings to show you on the next #AnimalTales.  In the meantime have a coo at some gorgeous duckling Hilda hatched a few years ago:


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Animal Tales - 95


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

Our ram is now called ...


In the last Animal Tales I asked you if you could name our new ram.  Whilst I did like Attachment Mummy and Chicken Ruby's idea of Rameses I felt that was a bit too like Rammy who I had before.  However, the French for ram is belier and so a joint family decision has been to call him Bertie Belier.  He appear to have rather a posh baaaa so I reckon Bertie is short for Bertram! 


Monday, 3 April 2017

Going Green #5 - April 2017


Welcome to Going Green.  This is the place to promote all your green, sustainable, environmental, seasonal, local, organic, fair trade, ethical etc posts ... basically any post that helps or inspires readers to preserve and improve our beautiful world.  If you are not sure what posts would be good or need some ideas have a look here where you'll find al the details about the linky >>> Going Green Linky.

****** Please note I am now changing the start date of Going Green to the first Monday of every month and the linky will stay open until the following Sunday evening. 

This is only a little linky but, as Going Green is a subject I believe in with a passion I hope, that with your help, it will go from strength to strength.  Please link up to 3 posts, old or new and let's work together to spread the word that Going Green is both important but also easy.  Please promote the linky on all your social media channels and amongst all your friends. Thank you 💚.


Friday, 31 March 2017

The Next Going Green Linky ...


... will open on Monday 3rd April 2017.  Hope you can come back then and link up any environmental stories you have.


A Green and Rosie Life

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Animal Tales - 94


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs every other Tuesday to the following Thursday evening.

An Apology


I appear to have totally lost track of time and thought #AnimalTales was next week so I am woefully unprepared today and I have not read your linked up posts from 2 weeks ago.  I am heading over to all your posts right now.  Am I forgiven?



Monday, 27 March 2017

Weekly Green Tips #48 - 9 Green rules to live by



Week 48 - 9 Green Rules



A year ago I started my Weekly Green Tips Series.  A blog post a week containing 7 green tips to give you a year of green tips (with a couple of "Super weeks" containing 21 tips).  This post gives you the final 7 tips, a summary of the underlying the messages that have been there throughout this series.  We all know the 3 Rs - Reduce, Re-use, Recycle but I would like to take this further and give you the 10 Rs.  The 10 green rules to live by.


Monday, 20 March 2017

Weekly Green Tips #47 - Greening Your Lawn



Week 47 - How to have a Green Lawn



Having a lawn is much greener (literally and environmentally) than a hard-surfaced garden but is is still not without sustainability problems.  There is the power to mow it and many lawn owners throw all sorts of chemicals on their lawns.  As ever though, there are plenty of simple steps you can take to have the greenest green lawn.