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.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Animal Tales - 93


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.

Are you getting my Animal Tales Reminders?


Now it might just be you are no longer writing about animals or don't wish to join in but over the last few weeks number of people joining in with Animal Tales has dropped off a little and I was actually wondering if you were getting my reminder tweets as it is pretty quiet over in Twitterland too.  If you are still getting my tweets could you say so in  a quick comment.  Many thanks.

And here's a taster of what I have linked up this week ....

Boy with duckling at Eco-Gites of Lenault, Normandy, France

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Weekly Green Tips #46 - Eco-Easter Ideas



Week 46 - 7 Eco-Easter Ideas



Like any time of celebration Easter can come with a lot of extra unnecessary packaging and unnecessary waste so why not buck the trend this year and go for an Eco-Easter.  It's easier than you think and both your pocket and your teeth will thank you!

Ideas fo an Eco-Easter


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Veg, Fruit and Foraged Foods in Season in March

What is seasonal food? 


If you grow your own vegetables the packet will tell you when you can expect to harvest the crop and this is when it is in season.  If you see vegetables for sale outside of this time then they are not in season and may well have been imported or grown under heat in a greenhouse.

Why eat seasonal food?


Food that is in season has many advantages over imported food or that grown under cover:
  • It will have the best and freshest taste.
  • It will have a higher nutritional value.
  • It is good for the environment as it will have low food low miles and less energy will have been used than glass-grown plants to produce it.
  • As a result it will be cheaper.
  • Finally, as a consumer, you will get seasonal variety and the excitement of the first taste of a just in-season food is hard to beat.  A strawberry in winter may look appetising but it has minimal taste compared to a summer one.


Friday, 3 March 2017

Weekly Green Tips #45 - Buying Sustainable Tropical Products



Week 45 - How to buy Sustainable Tropical Products



A theme that regular readers of my Weekly Green Tips series will recognise is that it is good for the environment to buy products that are produced locally.  They support the local community and have few transport miles associated with them.  So get your fruit and veg from the local farmers' market or farm shop whenever you can.  BUT, what if your local area cannot produce the things you want?  What about products grown in tropical regions.  Should you simply not buy them?  In fact the answer is you SHOULD buy them, but pick and choose which ones.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Going Green #4 - March 2017


Welcome to the fourth Going Green linky.  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.

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. 💚


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Animal Tales - 92


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.

Puppy sitting


I am currently puppy sitting and you can read more about why here.  It is going to be hard to say goodbye to the pup when he leaves although I think he might find it harder to say goodbye to our wood burner!


Monday, 27 February 2017

A new dog?


I am currently puppy sitting.  I look after various dogs when their owners are away but this is the first time I have had a puppy.  He is an American Staffordshire Terrier and, if you are in the UK, you will be forgiven for thinking that you have not heard of of AmStaffs before simply because the breed is not recognised there.  However, it is popular here in France.  This puppy belongs to people who live in England and who wanted an AmStaff so they came to France to buy him.  They asked if I would help source a puppy and then look after him initially.  The UK is a rabies free country and any dog entering the UK must have an up to date rabies jab and cannot arrive until 3 weeks after the jab is given ... hence why I am currently looking after a puppy.


Having a bundle of canine joy around the house is quite hard work but also great fun.  It is over 18 months since Harry was put down and 7 months before that when Poppy lost her fight against cancer  leaving Saari all alone.  Back after Harry died we felt we did not want to take on another dog but having had the puppy around it has got us thinking that maybe it would be nice.  Saari had lots of canine friends staying and when they go she does seem lonely.  So we have started talking about getting  a new dog .... although what dog?

Puppy or an older dog?  A puppy means you can train them more easily but it is hard to get puppies from refuges which is where all my previous dogs have come from.  I don't want to home a puppy from a breeder when there are hundreds if not thousands of other unwanted dogs languishing in dogs' homes.  Maybe I could home a Pot Cake Dog from Guadeloupe?!

What breed?  As I have already written, I have previously always had Black Labradors with the exception of Saari who is a Husky cross German Shepherd.  As a child my parents had lurchers and having recently seen a gorgeous lurcher I would not be averse to another of those.  That said though, they are a touch prone to chasing hares and with a healthy hare population locally (one of my all time favourite animals) maybe that is not a good idea.  What about something smaller then?  After I left home my parents had terriers and I do really like small hairy terriers; Lakeland/Border etc.  They can, however, be head strong and harder to train but they'd hopefully be great at keeping rats down.  Saari, in her youth, was a great mouser but I'd never seen her catch a rat and having had a rat run over my feet a couple of nights ago in the chicken shed, a ratting dog does seems like a good idea.

There are a few things that I would NOT want.  I do not really want another overly hairy dog. Saari sheds enough hair all year round to make me think that maybe we should go for a bald dog??  Actually no - I have googled them and they are too weird looking!  But something short haired that doesn't overly shed hair.  And white - I live on a smallholding and walk through muddy fields.  I am not having a white dog!  Nor a toy breed.  In fact a mongrel would probably suit just fine.


Some people argue that actually owning a dog is not sustainable and pets can use up a lot of resources and thus energy over their lifetime.  On the other side though there are many good reasons to own a dog including that they are good for your physical and mental health, they can have a purpose (ratting for example which is infinitely better than poison) and they teach you about caring for living things.  I blogged about how to own a sustainable pet a while back.

I have only ever been without a dog for very short periods of my life and my home felt there was something important missing.  Saari isn't getting any younger, in fact she will be 10 in June and I think now is a good time to start looking for a dog again.


So that is as far as I've got really.  Probably more questions than answers and anyway I cannot do anything until the puppy has left.  But if there is a nice smallish terrier type pup, keen to earn its keep ratting but not keen on chasing hares and not white then there might just be a new home waiting for you in Normandy!

Do you own a dog?  What sort have you got and what do you think I should get?

ANIMALTALES

Friday, 24 February 2017

Weekly Green Tips #44 - Why Cook from Scratch (Part 2)



Week 44 - 7 Green Reasons to Cook from Scratch (Part 2)



As promised here are 7 more green reasons you should be cooking from scratch and not buying ready meals or takeaways.  The first 7 reasons can be found here.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Weekly Green Tips #43 - Why Cook from Scratch (Part 1)



Week 43 - 7 Green Reasons to Cook from Scratch (Part 1)



When I started to write this blog post I thought I might struggle to get to 7 reasons why cooking from scratch is good for the environment ... turns out I came up with far more reasons so once you've read these 7 reasons to head to Reasons to Cook from Scratch (Part 2).




Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Animal Tales - 91


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


Thank you to everyone who joined in with the last Animal Tales and while I have read all the blogs I am sorry if I am yet to comment.  I have been very tied up with something non blog related and #AnimalTales rather slipped off my radar.  I do apologise and normal animal service will be resumed very soon.  In the meantime will a cute Spring picture make up fr my lack of comments?  In fact if you pop over to my blog over on Eco-Gites of Lenault I have used this picture for a caption competition!


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Weekly Green Tips #42 - Green Holiday Ideas



Week 42 - 7 Eco Holiday Ideas



Last week I wrote about the reasons to avoid all inclusive holidays.  Today I offer you 7 alternatives that are all much more eco-friendly, varying from a traditional self catering holiday to a working holiday learning new countryside skills.  What will your next holiday be and will it be great for the environment?



Thursday, 9 February 2017

Veg, Fruit and Foraged Foods in Season in February

What is seasonal food? 


If you grow your own vegetables the packet will tell you when you can expect to harvest the crop and this is when it is in season.  If you see vegetables for sale outside of this time then they are not in season and may well have been imported or grown under heat in a greenhouse.

Why eat seasonal food?


Food that is in season has many advantages over imported food or that grown under cover:
  • It will have the best and freshest taste.
  • It will have a higher nutritional value.
  • It is good for the environment as it will have low food low miles and less energy will have been used than glass-grown plants to produce it.
  • As a result it will be cheaper.
  • Finally, as a consumer, you will get seasonal variety and the excitement of the first taste of a just in-season food is hard to beat.  A strawberry in winter may look appetising but it has minimal taste compared to a summer one.


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Weekly Green Tips #41 - Reasons to Avoid All Inclusive Holidays



Week 41 - 7 Reasons to avoid All Inclusive Holidays


Now I know everyone has a different idea of their perfect holiday from staying in a cosy cottage to backpacking around Tibet and for some an all inclusive resort ticks a lot of their good holiday boxes.  However there are some good environmental reasons to not book all inclusive.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Going Green #3 - Feb 2017


Welcome to the third Going Green linky.  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.

I cannot believe we are already in February - I do hope all your Green Resolutions are going well.  I fear I need to revisit some of mine and give them a bit of a kick start.  I might therefore give myself time to action a few more and feed back in a month.  One of mine was to building the Going Green Linky, so I now leaving that in your capable hands! You can link up to 3 posts per person.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Animal Tales - 90


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.

Saari


I was looking for a particular picture recently and stumbled across some of Saari I'd not seen in ages.  I can't believe she'll be 10 this summer so that's a lot of canine memories I have stored away.  I will put some of my favourites in a separate post but I think if Saari had to choose one favourite it might be this one.  She loves the snow!  Not that we have had any snow yet this winter but she (and the boys) are ever hopeful.


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Weekly Green Tips #40 - Foods to Forage for


Week 40 - My 7 Favourite Foraged Foods


I love foraging.  It takes me back to my childhood rushing off to pick blackberries after school (and before Mum could tell me to do my homework) and also massively appeals to my frugal and natural sides.  But what are my 7 favourite foods to forage for?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Is it Weird to be Green?







Weird

/wɪəd/
adjective
1. Suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie
2. Strange or bizarre

Source - Thesaurus.com


I ask this because several times recently I have been reading green blogs where the writer has used the word weird.  There was Susie's Weird Green Christmas and Ness mentioned that you could still be green at work without being branded the office weirdo.  But both these are lovely ladies and they are most definitely not weird in my book and they were writing about things that should be totally normal - about reducing and reusing, about taking steps towards a better world.  So why should these ideas be seen as weird especially when you realise that the first antonym given in my online dictionary for weird is NATURAL?  And look at all these other antonyms from the thesaurus ....

weird. (n.d.). Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Retrieved January 24, 2017 from Thesaurus.com website http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/weird

Being Green might be perceived as being weird but in our weird world it is really the other way round.  Being Green is genuine, good, natural, usual and I hope, it time, it will become normal and ordinary, what everyone does every day without even thinking and not doing these should be seen as being weird.  I, for one, am proud to be green and if that means I am also labelled weird then I am happy to go with that ... but I do hope in time the tables will turn and it will be those who do not embrace green principles who will be seen as being weird.  In a time of great environmental uncertainty under the current leadership of America, we need to work even harder to make green normal.

Are you proud to be green and by association also proud to be the one of the weird ones?

A Green and Rosie Life

The Reading Residence

Friday, 20 January 2017

Weekly Green Tips #39 - Home-made plant labels


Week 39 - Home-made plant labels


In the midst of winter gardening can be the last thought on many people's minds - the soil is either frozen or waterlogged and you may well be much happier hiding inside buying seeds.  If you are me that will be lots of seeds which means I will need lots of plant labels when I start sowing them.  It is all too easy to pop out and buy a pack of plastic labels when in fact there are plenty of other things you can write on to create a label.  Here are 7 of my favourites:


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Animal Tales - 89


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.

Piglet Pictures


The piglets that were born on Dec 1st are now old enough to go out in the field and you cannot believe how much fun they are having dashing around - I will put a blog post together later but in the meantime here's a picture to show you how cute they are:


Monday, 16 January 2017

Weekly Green Tips #38 - Keeping Old Clothes out of Landfill


Week 38 - Keeping old clothes out of landfill


Many people add decluttering to their New Year Resolutions which may well include thinning down the contents of the wardrobe ... or maybe with all that weight loss you've achieved some clothes are too big now!  What-ever your reason for getting rid of clothes though, there are far better things you can do with them besides chucking them in the bin where they end up in landfill.


Friday, 6 January 2017

Weekly Green Tips #37 - Plants to feed the birds


Week 36 - Bird attracting plants


With large areas of the countryside put over to agriculture with the associated loss of natural habitats and use of pesticides to kill off insects, our gardens are now more important than ever as reserves for wild birds.  Growing plants that feed the birds can really help maintain and build populations.


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Animal Tales - 88


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.

Hello 2017


Welcome to the first Animal Tales of 2017.  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.  Saari, our dog, had a great time with a total of 8 dogs staying over the festive period: Perle, Min, Pip, Izzy, Freya, Charlot, Syrah and Oscar have all been here but luckily for us not ALL at the same time!  They have all been very well behaved although I am not sure Min should have been on my computer chair!


Monday, 2 January 2017

Veg, Fruit and Foraged Foods in Season in January

What is seasonal food? 


If you grow your own vegetables the packet will tell you when you can expect to harvest the crop and this is when it is in season.  If you see vegetables for sale outside of this time then they are not in season and may well have been imported or grown under heat in a greenhouse.

Why eat seasonal food?


Food that is in season has many advantages over imported food or that grown under cover:
  • It will have the best and freshest taste.
  • It will have a higher nutritional value.
  • It is good for the environment as it will have low food low miles and less energy will have been used than glass-grown plants to produce it.
  • As a result it will be cheaper.
  • Finally, as a consumer, you will get seasonal variety and the excitement of the first taste of a just in-season food is hard to beat.  A strawberry in winter may look appetising but it has minimal taste compared to a summer one.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Going Green #2 - Jan 2016


Welcome to the second Going Green linky.  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.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Green Happy New Year and all the best for a planet saving 2017.


Monday, 26 December 2016

Think Green - My Resolutions for 2017


As the sun sets on another year many will have thoughts of those New Year Resolutions.  Will it be to get fitter or maybe lose a few pounds?  You might want to save some money or bake more cakes.  I have made all of these resolutions and more but this year I am taking a very different approach ... please find below my Green New Year Resolutions for 2017:


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Animal Tales - 87


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.

Farewell 2106


This is the last post for 2016, a year many might well be glad to see to the back off.  However there has been lots of good news too, including some great conservation stories.  Panda bears have now officially been moved off the endangered species list although their population is still classed as vulnerable.  As some-one who is old enough to remember a panda called Chi Chi at London Zoo and wondered if the species would ever be able to recover this is fabulous news.


Friday, 16 December 2016

Weekly Green Tips #36 - Reducing your heating bills


Week 36 - Reducing heating bills


Whether you get your heat from gas, oil or electricity, reducing your heating bills is great for the environment.  Gas and oil are both fossil fuels and by burning them,CO2, a major greenhouse, gas is produced.  Only about 25% of the UK's electricity comes from renewable resources with over 50% from burning gas and oil and over 20% from nuclear.  Nuclear may not produce greenhouse gases but it comes with potentially devastating problems should a meltdown occur and the environmental damage from mining the uranium needed to produce nuclear power is huge.  In most cases, therefore, using your heating less and at a lower temperature will be good for the environment.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

10 Great Environmental Stories from 2016


How often have you heard what a terrible year 2016 seems to have been?  Too often I suspect.  However, buried under all the dross there have been some fabulous good news stories about our beautiful planet that maybe you missed. Angus Hervey, a political economist and science communicator has compiled a list of 99 Reasons Why 2016 Was a Good Year and these are some that caught my eye:

In March, President Obama banned proposed oil drilling along Atlantic coast - let's hope this is not reversed under the next regime. 

Oil rig

Friday, 9 December 2016

Weekly Green Tips #35 - Avoiding palm oil


Week 35 - How to avoid palm oil in food


Palm oil is something you won't find on the supermarket oils aisle but once you start looking at ingredients lists in foods you'll see it is is so many products.  Palm oil is grown in tropical regions on land that has been cleared of rain forest to then grow the palm plantations.  The forests are home to thousands of animal and plant species, the most notable in Asia being the Orang-outang whose population numbers are now plummeting.  Clearance of the rain forests also contributes to climate change through increased CO2 levels and many palm oil workers are paid incredibly low wages and work in hazardous conditions without adequate protection.  

This is a subject I will be returning to over the coming months.  If you now feel you want to reduce or stop eating products containing palm oil here are 7 ways to go about that.

Avoiding palm oil in foods helps save the habitat of creaures such as ourang-outangs

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Poultry in the polytunnel? A Bird Flu post


You may have seen in the news that there have been outbreaks of bird or avian flu in France and other European countries and that all poultry owners in the UK have been ordered to keep their birds (chickens, ducks, turkeys etc) inside or in covered runs as a means to protect them from infection by wild birds.  The same edict has now also been announced in Normandy.

Luckily for me, my poultry numbers are at a minimum in winter.  The turkeys headed to the freezer on Monday and my meat birds went the same way several weeks ago.  I had no ducklings this year so just have 3 adult ducks plus my 14 laying hens.

I have put my thinking cap on and hope to have come up with a solution.  I thought about putting the chickens in the polytunnel as there is very little in there at the moment and I would be happy to sacrifice my few little leeks, scraggy chard and oriental greens if it meant I cold save my birds .... but I then decided it would not be fox-proof and as I have seen fox poop in the veg garden I know M. Renard is around.  However, I could put the ducks in there and at night, as there is just 3 of them, I can shut them in a fox-proof dog cage.  Quite how I will get them in there remains to be worked out, though!

Polytunnel in winter - about to become a duck pen
New duck home aka my polytunnel

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Animal Tales - 86


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.

Happy Birthday Animal Tales!


Gosh, I have just realised that it is Animal Tale's 2nd birthday.  What a great 2 years it has been reading so many animal related posts, the happy bits and the sad bits all sandwiched together with plenty of informative posts too.  So for a bit of fun I thought I would randomly re-read a number of the linkies over the 2 years and pick some posts for you to read again.  You can find this random collection by clicking here - Happy Birthday Animal Tales.

Before you head off I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has linked up.  I can't give you an actual hug but I can send you a Henry and Saari paw holding moment, as we found them in front of the fire yesterday!



Monday, 5 December 2016

Animal Tales 2nd Birthday Compilation


My little linky #AnimalTales is 2 years old!  It may not be up there with the huge linkies getting loads of people linking up every week but I still find our little animal community it great fun.  I have met some wonderful people through it (at least one in real life too!) as well as got to know your pets and I have read some fabulous blog posts.  Thank you everyone who has linked up over the 2 years and made the Animal Tales the best linky ... IMHO.

So to celebrate here is a random selection of posts from the 2 years.  I am sorry if one of your posts is not there and had I been able I would have included one from all of you.  Mind you I do have a small grumble .... there are not enough HIPPOS in Animal Tales.  I need hippos posts in 2017 please!!!


10 random posts from 2 years of Animal Tales


Wild boar problems for Phoebe at Lou Messugo in Provence, France

Wild boar

Friday, 2 December 2016

Weekly Green Tips #34 - 7 Foods in season at Christmas


Week 34 - Christmas Food with Seasonal Ingredients


Christmas is a great time for sharing some lovely food with family and friends ... and there is plenty of seasonal  produce to choose from.  Here are my top 7 seasonal Christmas foods and some great recipe ideas.  Foods in season relate to the UK and northern France.

Foods in Season at Christmas

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Going Green #1 - Dec 2016


Welcome to the first of the monthly linky - 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.



I had been mulling over starting a "green" linky for a while.  Anyone who has read A Green and Rosie Life before must surely know my passion for all things green however I have realised there must be a lot of other bloggers out there writing on similar subjects and I am simply not seeing these posts.  Hopefully The Going Green Linky will help bring together all theses great green posts and inspire other people to start going green.

Before we start, can I remind people of a couple of the "rules":

  • Please can you include my badge (preferably) or a link back to A Green and Rosie Life.
  • This is a blog link so in order for us all to benefit please comment on at least two other blogs in the link up, ideally including the one in front of you and my host post.

If you share your posts using the hashtag #GoingGreenLinky and I will RT you etc.

Need to find me on Social Media?  Here you go ...

Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Google + | Instagram (coming soon)

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to reading all your linked up green posts.


A Green and Rosie Life



The next Going Green linky opens on Jan 1st where I am hoping to see some Green New Year's Resolutions!