Archive for July, 2007

Hello again!

Today has been a good green day!

I had my neighbour over for coffee this morning and we had a nice long natter about green things and ethical careers and stuff, and she gave me a book of knitting patterns and a stitch holder and some wool needles as a present for getting my degree results! Hurrah! Maybe I can now knit something more exciting than a really, really, really long scarf, which is what I’m doing at the moment (but I haven’t dropped or gained a single stitch!).

Then this afternoon I made jam for the first time ever. My mum had to go and pick up my brother just at the crucial point, so I had to do the saucer tests on my own and work out if it was wrinkling when I touched it. It seems to have set! It was gooseberry, and it’s gone pink rather than staying green, and the fruit isn’t very evenly distributed in all the jars (picked a nice one out for the boyfriend’s family though!), but I’m still very proud of it for a first solo attempt!

Then this evening, I found out I’d got some crockery off Freecycle! Which is good, as moving in is probably going to be very expensive, and we’ve only got one bowl between us. We’ve been given loads of furniture by generous relatives and friends, but there are still so many little things that are all going to add up: a hoover, cutlery and crockery, an iron, ironing board, etc, etc, etc. We haven’t bought anything new yet, a fact which I’m strangely proud of, but I fear this can’t last much longer…
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Rob Hopkins, Transition Handbook

“Environmentalists have often been guilty of presenting people with a mental image of the world’s least desirable holiday destination – some seedy bed and breakfast near Torquay, with nylon sheets, cold tea and soggy toast – and expecting them to get excited about the prospect of NOT going there. The logic and the psychology are all wrong.”

Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

"Food is that rare moral arena in which the ethical choice is generally the one more likely to make you groan with pleasure."

Carlo Petrini

"A gastronome who is not also an environmentalist is an idiot. An environmentalist who is not also a gastronome is, well, sad."

Sharon Astyk

"I am, of course, firmly opposed to consumerism and corporatism in all its forms, and I believe that we are deeply confused about material needs and wants. Now let me explain how books and yarn are totally different than the material things that other people want ;-)…."

Raj Patel, at Slow Food Nation

"Biofuels, which is the preposterous policy that we should grow food not to eat it but to set it on fire."