This is what it looks like
Some years ago there was a BBC television programme called It’s not easy being green. Whilst it included some interesting things, it used to annoy the hell out of me and Mr Snail, mainly because of the title. What better way to put people off trying to be more ‘green’ than by telling them that it’s difficult?
So, I want to share some images of what you can do to ‘be green’ that is not only easy, but fun, delicious, empowering, enjoyable, sociable and good for the planet. Let’s not wallow in the negativity; let’s not believe that the only people who can make a difference are rich or famous or in charge of big corporations. Let’s remember that we are all well-connected, because we are all connected with each other.
So, here are some of the ways that I have been green over the past few years.
I’ve been making my garden productive:
The ‘four sisters’ bed
Ready for composting in the dark
Colleen and Valor in a raised bed
All snuggled up in the laying box!
Boston squash (a young one)
An early harvest of Colleen
Weeding and eating pests (before fruit set!)
The fruit cage
Chickens find freshly-cut docks highly entertaining.
I’ve been putting my money where my mouth is and supporting local producers and installers as well as companies who recycle:
A busy market day
A local organic farm that sells direct
Handmade shawl pin and shawl made from British wool
Each hook is unique and handmade
Local cheese from Simply Caws – mileage specified
The happy snail yarn bowl
The leaf was made specially for me
Local mill this is where we buy our flour
Chicken house made from recycled plastic
PV panels fitted by a local company
I’ve been reducing packaging, especially single-use plastic:
Homemade compost – no bags
Apple scrap vinegar
Sage from the garden
We take our own containers when we buy coffee
Buying in bulk and in paper packaging. We’ll probably store potatoes in the bag once the oats are eaten.
Ready and waiting to be filled – time and again
Bisected tube… using every last drop
Picked from a friend’s tree
Shop bought pasta comes in plastic, but not homemade
Cotton shopping bag
I’ve been cooking delicious food with simple ingredients:
Mayonnaise with a little black pepper
Bottling fruit for winter
Making apple cider butter
Brooklyn Blackout Cake
Stewed rhubarb and strawberry
Tomatoes for passata
Lactose-free raspberry and white chocolate ice cream: a taste of summer
Homemade charcoal biscuits for the dogs
Omelette for tea!
Make a cake
I’ve been creative – resuing, recycling repairing and repurposing:
Clever Mr S-o-h
Esme emerging from the ‘woodland’ laying box
Splint in place to repair my swift
New mittens from scrap yarn
Repurposed rotary dryer
Yarn from Freecycle
Solar, wind-up radio mended again!
All from oddments
Bench mended with an old pallet
Toilet roll middle pots
Fermented apple scraps for vinegar
Felted cashmere from an old cardigan
The Snail of Scrappiness
Making a draft excluder from scrap
Revitalising frogged yarn
Some of my string collection
Making a bag
And, not forgetting to share your ideas:
Whats in the bucket?
Tom Brown – a great teacher
Me teaching permaculture at Karuna
My diploma portfolio and the masterpiece
Creations and creators
Explaining about the Masterpiece
The route to so many interesting people.
Sharing skills and food
Angie Polkey explaining how to use an A-frame for surveying
An outdoor session in the sunshine
So, why not give being green a go? You might enjoy yourself!
Posted by The Snail of Happiness on July 13, 2014