Born the 31st of December in 1957, so turning 60 soon… I always envisioned it to be a big birthday, an opportunity for reflection, a milestone. Or is age just a number after all? It certainly is the age where you do begin noticing the disconnection between how old you feel and how old you look. But then again it is also the moment where one knows what one will and will not tolerate, and will understand what things one wants to pursue, or not. What it certainly is not at all “the beginning of the end” as my mother would say!
A lifestyle choice does matter. Let’s begin clearly with the main point I believe in: you decide what feels like the best choice for you in your life. If everybody tries to do their best, whilst some will say it isn’t good enough, I say it is definitely better than doing nothing. So my question today: did you ever think about bananas or coconut as basic clothing material? Style up your game: manmade fabrics are greening up!
For my daughter’s wedding (table) decorations, even her bride’s bouquet, we used Serpevivum, a lovely plant already growing in one of the stone plant pots in our garden when we bought our house here in the South of France. It soon became my favourite next to Santolina. It is a plant that really lives forever in any condition (except wet soil and waterlogged roots), thriving on rocky, sandy soil with low fertility, its ideal growing conditions, and one that keeps on producing offsets.
We have had chicken ever since we moved to the South of France, mostly for the eggs. I do always like a handsome rooster in the coop too, just for the pretty sight of it. Our Orpington rooster alas, we found one afternoon dead in the coop, so all we had left was our flock of pretty Orpington chicken. Although we read that this breed has good mothering instincts and certain breeds (Orpington!) are more likely to turn broody in the summer months (although it can happen at any time of the year), we were in for the eggs….
The last blog posts told you all about my baby steps to zero waste living so far. Time to start writing about other stuff, but to give you an idea of what we’ve actually changed since reading Bea Johnson’s book, this last post about zero waste living. Enjoy some amazing views of the wonderful region we live in, nature at its best, worth preserving for our grandchildren by a zero waste style of living.
Living in a rural community we chose to enjoy the benefits of supporting local businesses, locally grown food. Not only does it stimulate the local farmer economy, but small-scale, organic farmers are fueling the sustainability of the land. It saves jobs and it is good for the environment (less pollution). It is “the” time, right now, to reduce our carbon footprint. And just financially speaking: what grows, is the most abundant and the least expensive.
Nothing as good as the new year to look back at the old one and check your expenses, I thought. I couldn’t have been more in shock. Just counting our steady monthly and yearly steady costs (and that is without any fancy spending) turned out to be a massive sum due each month. We all know life has become quite expensive, but lately money seemed to go even more down the drain. Time for some penny pinching and a new written budget, the right attitude is half the battle!
We’re still chopping up wood for our wood stove. In France they say “having a wood stove warms you up three times”: chopping the trees, sawing the trunks/splitting them and the heat of the fire of your wood stove, real thermal comfort.
One of my lovely memories whilst visiting my mother in law in England, was getting a lovely breakfast: a toast buttered and spread with a thin layer of a thick brown spread called Marmite and a boiled egg sliced on top, it made me a forever fan of “Marmite”. This was long before I realized that for me, as a veggie, Marmite is the best B12 provider possible, super food for veggies/ vegans. But then I met Dan and his idea to use Marmite combining it with another food spread I adore…