Two Weeks In…

Well we’ve been in our new house a fortnight and we’re s l o w l y getting sorted. We’ve had a quote for a new roof that would make you choke on your dinner, but thankfully the plumbing issues were (relatively) minor, as are the electrical problems. What can I say? In an old house these things are part of the ‘character’. Two weeks in and, despite there having been flooding nearby, we now have central heating, hot water and, as of a half hour ago, a brand new cooker! I like camping, but it wears a little thin trying to live the camping life in your home o_O Having said that, we have made good use of the bread-maker, slow cooker, microwave and halogen oven, skills which I’m sure will come in handy as we endeavour to lessen our energy consumption. After all, it’s a journey, not a race. The new cooker is A-rated for energy efficiency, has a double oven so we can choose the appropriate size to use and is British made, so not too bad on the environmental front (by which I mean it didn’t travel from China). We have dreams of solar panels, biomass stoves, growing our own fruit and veg, etc., but, for now… we’re ok. 


Our new sitting room

#makedoandmendhour 7th August

I love the idea of a community garden, for so many reasons. When we lost our making do and mending traits (culturally-speaking) we concurrently lost the art of community. We replaced it with the notion that buying and acquiring ‘stuff’ would solve all our problems. We fell for the lie that you can buy your way to happiness. Our entire Western culture worships at the idol of the Economy. I am so glad that we’re rediscovering, little by little, making do and mending, and reclaiming community. It gives me hope.

My Make Do and Mend Year

Here we go with the round-up of this week’s #makedoandmendhour Twitter chat 🙂

Pics we shared:


1. Bargain 10p vintage pillowcases from a car boot! @Shelleykitten is going to use these for a patchwork quilt
2. @lovesusiestars found this canvas in the recycling bin, and hot-footed home with it, to turn it into…
3. This! A retro duvet cover later and @lovesusiestars has transformed it 🙂
4. @DalkeyDan is Making Do with her bright pink bathroom suite…
5. @Maker_of_Things make this bike trailer from a rucksack rack and some wheelchair wheels!
6. @SewingDude showed that old blankets and sheets can make fabulous dresses
7. @CarlaRTOATSblog shared that start of her bookcase upcycle-even the paper is Make Do and Mend!
8. Real life Make Do and Mend from @ahouswifeswork’s Mum, back in the day
9. @nikkiw76 has been raiding her Granny’s attic, and found this mixer-some bits still unused in the original…

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Earth Friendly Gift Ideas – Don’t Worry, Bee Happy!

Stuck for a gift idea? How about an eco-friendly ‘Adopt a Beehive’? I’ve just bought one of these for a family member. A great gift for the friend or relative who has enough ‘stuff’ already (don’t we all?).


Here’s the link to The British Beekeepers Association’s Adopt a Beehive page.


NB I am not connected to the BBKA in any way.