Few things

March 27, 2008 at 10:43 am 2 comments

1. Earth Hour.

This Saturday (March 29th) between 8 and 9 p.m. It’s a bit like e-day, except it’s only an hour and I’m actually going to do it this time. Here’s a bit about it from the website:

On March 31 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.

In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.

Even if your city isn’t taking part (surprise, surprise, mine isn’t) you can still take part yourself and find something fun to do in the dark. I’m torn between a candlelit supper and a candlelit bath, both of which will require energy to heat the oven or the water, though, which seems to defeat the purpose. Hmm. Candlelit salad?

2. Today I am going to plant some seeds. (I know some of you started ages ago, but I have no propagator, no greenhouse, a cold house and only limited amounts of indoor space anyway.) I’m sick of winter. Sick, sick, sick of it. Sick of cabbage and parsnips, sick of the house being cold, sick of having to wear tights and I want to wear my new skirt that I made! It’s a little bit sunny outside, so, dammit, I’m going to pretend it’s spring. March this year came in like a lion, stayed like a lion, got more liony and is now looking a teensy bit lamblike outside. In fact, in my weekly missive from the veg box, the Italian lady who half runs it said that when she first arrived in England she couldn’t understand why English people talked about the weather so much, but she now realises that if anywhere else had weather that was half as interesting as ours, they probably would talk about it more too! (We had dinner with the bf’s dad at the weekend, who lives in Spain, and he was complaining that it was ‘only 14 degrees in Malaga’.)

3. My shampoo soap arrived this morning and I have used it for the first time. My hair is currently covered in avocado oil and a large towel, so I can’t report back on it yet, but I’ve cracked and decided to pour the nasty, chemical-filled stuff down the sink and recycle the bottles anyway. I know, such a waste, but I just don’t want it on my hair any more!

4. I’ve made a starter for sourdough bread. I love sourdough bread, and I suddenly went into a baking frenzy last night. We’ve run out of salt, so I was experimenting with herb mixes in my normal bread dough (had some for breakfast, it tastes slightly tomatoey, and still in need of salt… hmm….) and was clearly seized by rampant bread enthusiasm. Anyway, there is a small lump of flour, milk and water in a bowl by the radiator, where it will remain for another two days. I shall keep you posted. I’m not expecting to get the hang of it immediately though.

Going to make some saffron buns today. Saffron stems been soaking overnight – I’m clearly going for ‘things that take a long time’ atm. Slow living, an antidote to the day-job….

5. I’ve ordered some reusable pads. My Mirena has made my periods so light, I’ve been wearing pantyliners instead of using my Mooncup a lot of the time, and now I’ve finished my stash of bog-standard Always ones, I’ve decided to get some washable ones. I hear you can use the water you soak them in on the garden – anyone care to suggest that to the bf? 😉 (The same bf who refuses to pee on my compost heap, even though it’s great for the compost heap AND apparently a rat deterrent.)

And tomorrow, I really will write about getting rid of the chemicals in the kitchen and why sewing isn’t as scary as you think it is. =)

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  • 1. N. & J.  |  March 29, 2008 at 1:19 am

    My fiance and I decided to try our hands at making our own soap. It wasn’t too time consuming although it was a bit hard to get our hands on lye since it is used in the production of illegal drugs. Anyway, we did it and not only does it work great as a hand and body soap it also works as a shampoo. It even produces a nice lather which I know is something some people don’t like about bar shampoo. Good luck with your seeds. We planted ours a couple weeks ago and so far we have about a 33% germination rate but we aren’t using grow lamps or heat pads or anything.

    N.

    http://badhuman.wordpress.com

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  • 2. Hamster  |  March 30, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I really should make my own soap, I’m just a bit reluctant to take on too many projects. Usually when I start making something, I then can’t go back to buying it, so I’m trying to keep things manageable, but I like the bar shampoo so far, so if I ever do get round to making my own, I’d consider it. I actually used a bar shampoo years ago, in my last hippy phase, I don’t know why I stopped….

    Good luck with your seeds too. I’m anxiously watching mine. Soo impatient…

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