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Back from the Summer, and some Dates for your Diaries!

Hello, hello!
It’s been a while. Apologies for the almost complete absence of blog posts over the Summer. Small boys on school holidays and getting anything else done are pretty much mutually exclusive and I decided quite quickly that resistance was futile and just to give in and go with the flow.

We’ve had a lovely Summer, quite quiet and not done a huge amount, but sometimes that’s nice.
Our most exciting news is that we have been able to expand our teeny tiny garden, which has room for chickens!

The Chicken Palace!

The Chicken Palace!

I’ve wanted chickens for ages, but we just didn’t have the room.
I thought I would like chickens and having chickens, mostly for the ‘free’ eggs, but I didn’t think they would be so amusing and that I would actually just sit there and watch them with a big stupid grin on my face. I love them. Even though we have only had a grand total of two eggs from 4 chickens so far…

More to come on the chickens soon, but for now this is just a quickie to alert you all to what is looking a busy September for all things sustainability!

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Back for it’s 9th year, the theme for this year’s Zero Waste Week is “Use it Up” encouraging us all to tackle food waste. I’m an official Zero Waste Week ambassador but always feel a bit of a fraud when I sign up each year as I feel that I never quite step up to my ambassadorial responsibilities. In fact, I’m not even sure what they are. I’m hoping that highlighting the week to you all goes someway to fulfilling them, and I will definitely be posting some food waste ideas next week, so stay tuned.
If you want to get involved, then you can sign up here and get a free e-book with 15 ways to save over £1500 in a year by cutting your waste. How could you not?

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I am quite taken with the theme for this year’s Recycle Week – it’s “The Unusual Suspects” and will be highlighting the items that can sometimes get forgotten when we are recycling at home.

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I’m a big fan of this initiative bought to us by Keep Britain Tidy.
The idea is to encourage and inspire us all to take actions that allow us to do exactly what it says on the tin: Waste Less and Live More.
This year the team have come up with 101 ways to help you Waste Less and Live More. You can sign up here to check out the 101 ways and see how many you are already doing and what you could be working on.

That should keep us all busy, and hopefully keep me in blog posts for at least a month 🙂

Hope you’ve all had a magical summer. It’s good to be back (again!).




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  • Reply smallholderwannabe September 6, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I love my hens. I’ve kept hens for about 16 years now and I never tire of watching their antics. If I am feeling a bit down, then 10 minutes in the garden chatting to them and watching them soon puts a smile on my face again : ). The hens all think that there is no possible reason for me to set foot in the garden other than to bring them food.

    The waste/recycling weeks look very interesting.

    • Reply Jen September 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      So glad I’m not the only one who likes to sit and watch them!

  • Reply KathrynH ( September 5, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for all the diary dates and good luck with the chickens! Glad you had a good summer: we had a great staycation and enjoyed some lovely days out 🙂

    • Reply Jen September 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Pleasure Kathryn! Sounds like you had a fab Summer too 🙂

  • Reply Nicky September 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Great to have you back again! Have missed your posts over the summer but sustainable September looks as though it is going to make up for it!

    • Reply Jen September 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks so much Nicky!

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