So here we are one week into 2019. I am not making resolutions this year but instead coming up with 19 positive ways to help the environment. These may be things I already do, may be things I wish to do better or maybe something I haven’t tried yet. I hope you can find some inspiration here too. Here and there I have include some links with more information.
1. Compost whatever we can.
2. Grow some more food. I am hoping to grow more in my vegetable plot this year. Even if you just have a window still you can grow some herbs.
3. Buy some stainless steel containers for buying meat or fish from local butcher/fishmonger.
4. Use canvass or other types of reusable shopping bags.
5. Investigate what we can order in bulk, to reduce waste.
6. Seek alternatives to goods sold in plastic. So for example, buy solid soap bars as opposed to liquid soap. Alternatively, find somewhere were we can refill plastic bottles of washing up liquid or detergent.
7. Make more space for wildlife in the garden. And / or work with local community groups to improve areas for biodiversity.
8. Make more of our own bread and when buying do so from bakery that uses paper only bags/wrappings.
9. Don’t buy bottled water. Bring your own.
10. Buy unwrapped fruit and vegetable. Local market may be good place to start.
11. Make own yogurt in grass jars.
12. Walk and cycle more.
13. Plant some more Pollinator Friendly Flowers (will do post on this soon).
14. Cut the lawn less.
15. Buy clothes made from natural fibers (cotton, lines, wool etc) and organic if possible.
16. Donate unwanted clothes and other items to your local charity shop.
18. If painting, use eco friendly paints.
19. Take time to go for walks and enjoy nature.
So as we start the new year, what happened with all those 2018 goals?
1 – Finish the 1000 piece jigsaw we started just after Christmas.
Yes we did! And we started a new one this Christmas, which is almost complete!
2 – Complete five Heritage in Schools visits.
I did 6 and it was great meeting the children and seeing their enthusiasm for nature.
3 – Maintain blog growth
Work commitments meant less time for blogging this year, so I have posted fewer posts and hence less views but I am happy I maintained what I did.
4 – Continue to create wildlife friendly habitats in my own garden and encourage others to do likewise.
This was our new wildflower area in the summer – was very please with it.
Though my work in 2018, I had the opportunity to give biodiversity workshops to a number of community groups which has been very rewarding.
5 – Have fun days out with my family.
We had quite a few. I just love these sort of days.
6 – Growing food
Not as much as I would have like so hoping for more this year. Apples were by far our best crop in 2018.
7 – Read 18 books
Not sure I achieved 18, but there is always a book by my bedside!
8 – Clutter
Still clutter everywhere!
9 – Friends are so important. Try not to miss birthdays .
Upps, I have missed a couple especially those with birthdays in the later quarter. Apologies!!
10 – Learn to identity more bugs and plants.
I was very lucky to spend a day with some BSBI members. Learned lots about plants.
11 – Do something new.
I downloaded the duolingo app to try and refresh my Irish language skills both for myself and also to help my children with their Irish homework!
12 – Reduce use of plastics
This has been harder than expected. So much is covered in plastic and often outside packaging is in cardboard but inside is plastic. This will be an ongoing challenge for this year.
13 – Do a couple of crafty projects
I worked with another mum completing a recycled art project with our local school . This was fun. Also my daughter and I brought a ‘make your own stuffed unicorn’ kit but we came to standstill when the instructions no longer made sense!
14 – More exercise
Need to try harder!!
15 – Good work/life balance!
Another difficult one especially when one is self employed. Again something to work on.
16 – Appointments
Actually did this and have my dentist appointment already made for 2019!
17 – Try and record another new species for the garden list
18 – Do ten bee and butterfly transects
I did 11 butterfly ones but only 6 bee once. Worryingly bee numbers were down though butterfly numbers were up, possibly a result of the sunny and warm June and early July.
So that is it. A review of last year. And 2019 – well still working on an idea – watch this space.
Thank you to all those who have read and commented on my blog during the last year. Without you it would not be what it is.
May 2019 bring you lots of joy, adventure, and friendship. May you continue to find your creativity. Thank you to all of you who have inspired me to keep blogging.
Let us hope that 2019 will bring the world to a better place. In the words of Greta Thunberg, my 2018 hero, “you are never too small to make a difference.”
Happy New Year!
Thank you to all who have read and supported my blog. It is a honour to be part of this WordPress community.
I hope you all get the time to share with the ones you love this festive holiday. These are the greatest gift we can give, love and time.
Joining Wild Daffodil’s Photographic Monthly Meet Up with this month’s theme – Flake.
There were many layers of paint of this old boat; a little bit like life, multi-layered and interesting.
Hare Hare is the most beloved toy in our house. He is much more than a toy, he is a member of the family. He pretty much comes everywhere we go. The photo above shows him looking out the porthole on the passenger ferry that goes from the mainland to Clare Island. Hare Hare has been my youngest’s companion since birth! He is however loved by us all. He is well worn now after nearly seven years constant use, his feet have been replaced once and his ears are due for renewal. We’ve tried doing a nose job, but it was unsuccessful.
Over the years Hare Hare has developed his very own character. He is exceptionally kind, is the best hugger in the house and is a first responder to all medical emergencies. He will eat pretty much everything but carrots are his absolute favourite.
In his earlier years, he was known to go missing for a few hours at a time, but thankfully with just one exception, he has always been found at bedtime (when he really comes into his own)! My youngest used to have the habitat of hiding him in things, on that occasion he was missing overnight, he was found (by some miracle) outside, stuffed into the end of an unused 4″ water pipe!
There is no doubt in my mind that he has magical qualities. He is our knight is shining armor. Our hero. Our Beloved Hare Hare.