Diamond batteries could clean up nuclear waste

Some new science which could be completely brilliant. Take a look:

http://inhabitat.com/new-man-made-diamonds-turn-nuclear-waste-into-long-lasting-batteries/ 

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#eco #review Soapnuts 

So I have tried various eco washing powders and the like and to be honest, they might be environmentaly friendly but…

They don’t get your clothes clean. Which makes them pretty pointless really.

But then along came Soapnuts. Oh my goodness they actually work. And if you buy them in bulk, they don’t cost any more than any other clothes washing.

I use seven nuts in each wash, and use those seven four times. After which I boil them up and use the liquid as surface cleaner. 

Finally something which my concience and my clothes can be happy about. You can get them at www.soapnuts.co.uk


Drying #mint for #tea and #mindfulness

I like herb tea more and more, especially since I was given this:

It makes the whole thing so much more of a treat. 

And it turns out, drying your own herbs adds to the experience. I know green tea is good for you but that doesn’t stop it tasting too earthy for my liking on it’s own. 

Mint to the rescue. And mint on its own, especially if you pick it and steep it straight away is just heavenly. 

So I thought I would also try drying it. So far, so good:

All this time taken, just for a cuppa you ask?

But the time taken allows me to savour and enjoy my cup of tea in a way slinging a bag in a mug just wouldn’t allow for and it leaves me much more satisfied.

Mindfulness has its uses.

First sowing of the season in the #garden

Today has been just beautiful in the garden and it has given me the chance to get vegetable seeds in the ground.

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I have sown squash, broccoli, kale, onion, radish, spinach, carrot, red peppers and herbs.
That just leaves spinach beet and runner beans to sow later.
I’m looking forward to eating our own  veg once again as it all got disrupted by  moving house (again).

Anyway, here’s  to growing food instead of lawns!

Global warning: a repost from #40acts

This action and it’s blog post couldn’t be more important, I reccomend it to you:

Act 21: Global warning

Creation is in trouble. Scientists predict new global crises every other day, and our governments are under increasing pressure to do something about it. But really, much of the problem lies with us. Small things, every day, make a difference. It’s the difference between leaving a legacy of destruction and ensuring life for those who come after us.

Read today’s blog by Emma Greenwood from Liberti Magazine and pick your actions:
http://www.40acts.org.uk/the-challenge/global-warning

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More #garden #happiness

My parents visited for the weekend and came bearing many gifts in plant form, so the border  and my little sun trap are looking just lovely now:

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Also R and my dad carried the fig tree through from its temporary home out the front of the house so it’s all good.

Today the sun has come out for a little while so along with putting my new plants in, I spent time watering everything in, in the sunshine.
That is probably my definition of happiness 🙂

The new house, first proper time in the #garden

We always seem to move in winter. I’m glad that our intention is to stay put this time, I would dearly like to see a garden into its third summer.
Anyway, winter has the advantage of the full growing season ahead and today I began my vegetable patch.
It is more pertinent than ever since R and I became vegans.

Growing our own food is one.of those things which is at the heart of my world view and I am glad to have dug the first border:

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I’m digging two three meter by half a meter borders because that’s the size of the cloches I have. Our youngest dog was “helping” me:

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It has started to rain so I have.come in.for a cup of tea and to write this, which suits the oldest pooch just fine:

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There isn’t much space in our new garden what with decking, fish pond complete with inherited fish and two sheds, but I am determined we will eat as much home grown food as I can muster.

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