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A green song

to sing at the bottle bank

One green bottle,
Drop it in the bank.
Ten green bottles
What a lot we drank.
Heaps of bottles
And yesterdays a blank,
But we’ll save the planet,
Tinkle tinkle clank.

We’ve got bottles –
Nice percussive trash,
Bags of bottles
cleaned us out of cash.
Empty bottles,
we love to hear them smash
And we’ll save the planet,
Tinkle tinkle, crash.

– Wendy Cope

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October 5, 2007 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

In which Hamster endeavours to come one step closer to her dream of planting winter spinach…

Me: “Do you have a drill?”

Boyfriend: “No.”

Me: “Do you know anyone who has a drill?”

Boyfriend: “Not sure.”

Me: “Can you borrow one off people at work?”

Boyfriend: “Well, I don’t really know who’d have one…”

Me: “I’m not asking you to know the drill-owning habits of all your colleagues. I’m just asking if you know them well enough to send round an email asking if anyone has one you can borrow.”

Boyfriend: “I guess…”

Me: “Look, it’s very simple! You just have to write an email saying you need to borrow a drill because your girlfriend needs to make some drainage holes in the bottom of a wooden wine-box so she can grow spinach in it!”

Boyfriend shoots me a look that plainly indicates he could do no such thing. I suggest he tells them he needs to do some manly DIY thing instead.

I am now anxiously awaiting his return from work to see if I’ll be able to make holes in things or not! My winter spinach seeds need to be planted soon…. The whole endeavour has already resulted in me getting far more Ronseal on my hands than I’d like. Grrrr. And these (free) wine-boxes are going to form the bulk of my container gardening initiative next spring, which is going to require epic quantities of varnish. *sigh*

This is the one jar of jam I managed to get out of my blackberries. Am itching to try it, but I have to wait till we’ve finished the jar of gooseberry jam we’re on at the moment… Still, it set well. This jam malarky isn’t half as hard as I thought it would be!

This here is my one little coriander seedling! My first ever seedling! Note the creative and environmentally praiseworthy re-using of yoghurt pots.

(Also pictured: our recycling. Hmm. What a lot of bottles. Reminds me of that Wendy Cope poem…)

October 5, 2007 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

Grrrr!

I want wireless! We currently have to have the computer on top of my sewing machine, to be near the Scary Broadband Box, which means I haven’t had a chance to play with it properly yet!

October 5, 2007 at 10:36 am Leave a comment


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Rob Hopkins, Transition Handbook

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"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."