An ocean of clover, sailed across by bees.

Lavender in the evening.




Is it me or is plastic the hot environmental topic of the year? Not before time!


First of all it was plastic beads – I’ve mentioned that in a previous blog. I also mentioned “paper” cups in the context of plastic swapping – these less than innocent products and containly a plastic layer between the paper! I stopped getting take outs, even changing coffee shop when they were having a crockery crisis one day but have to confess to have one emergency take-out coffee… baby steps…


Next we had the cauliflower steak embarrassment, not to mention coconuts – we don’t need half as much plastic wrapping – in fact I’m fed up of seeing windows on food boxes – I don’t need them.

And then the news swiftly moved on (as it does) to tea bags – are no beverages safe!? – I tried to buy loose tea but even that had plastic inside the box!!

At least there are some positive new stories; this one talks about alternatives and more about the new Lego pieces here.

I heard an interesting news article about what the supermarkets are doing to get rid of plastic packaging – this seems to be the web article to go with it. Can’t they do more??


So, how about this website for a few, well 100 actually, ideas for avoiding plastic? How many do you do? How many can you do?! I might just write a list with a fountain pen…


In the bag

fabricOur craft group recently had a very popular session making bags/purses with traditional clasp tops. Several people enjoyed it so much, they kept making them and still are. My version was a slight twist on the pattern as ususal I like to add my own twist…


In my stash I had a piece of furnishing fabric picked up from one of my crafty friends – they had a stash sort out and I couldn’t pass it by! This project suited it well, its a little bit glam and has a bold pattern; I took the motif as a basis for the shape of the bag.

Now, I just need the occasion….


Making waves

Since Christmas I’ve been working on a new weaving project. Its been my most ambitious weaving yet but really enjoyable. It combines my ambitions for crafts and recycling.

For the warp I used some lovely linen yarn; its strong and makes bold lines though the weaving. For the weft, I upcycled a load of old t-shirts from my stash and cut them into long strips.

I started without knowing what the colour theme would be but looking at the colours the blues, greens and greys stood out. They reminded me of the colours of the sea in moody light and the bright orange and whites were like highlights on the waves of white horses and the reflected sunset. So the theme was born – a seascape.

I love the mix of colours, textures and patterns. Some of the t-shirts were printed – these patterns sometimes show though as different colours, sometimes are hidden and the background colour is seen. The weft is woven with random lengths like the changes of light on the sea.

And so, for the ta-dah moment, a fabulous rug…



This week I reduced my veg shopping plastic – no more broccoli bags! Yeh. Another small step or marginal gain.

Also, I bought loose tea but that wasn’t such a success but Whittard’s puts plastic inside the cardboard box (more excess packaging)… next time, I’ll ask them not to or find an alternative.

Oh, and the UK government has been making identified the environment as an interest for young voters so they have published an environment policy paper. If nothing else, its increased the column inches about plastic and raised a bit more awareness.



Water, water everywhere

I’ve started taking stock of the plastic around me (well, its not long since I made that resolution), the more I look, the more I see. I’m noting all the excess and unnecessary use I see and actually use and am thinking about what to do about it. Yesterday, I was thinking about coffee cups – not so innocent as they seem but more about that another time – and I came across the idea of plastic swaps. That struck me as a great approach and an easy way to deal with the plastic mountain so I’m going to have a go at that. My first swap was making use of those tiny plastic boxes that come in the nest of useful kitchen boxes instead of clingfilm. All of a sudden I realised that they were for lunch box cake – why have I never done that before.

On a positive, it was so good to see that yesterday, at last the UK has banned microbeads in cosmetics. And I’m happy to say that only a day earlier I’d consigned the bottle of body scrub with indeterminant bits, that had been lurking in my bathroom for too long, to the bin. OK its landfill but better than the water courses or sea.