All good things must come to an end. They really do not come much better than this summer, do they? And whilst they may have been and audible sigh of relief from my direction when the kids went back to school 2 weeks ago, I was also sad to see this summer draw to a close.
Alone in my kitchen, one part sorry and every so slightly lonely as I bid goodbye to the easy breezy, sandy toes, salty cheeks, “just one more” ice-cream cone, lazy summer days & another part crazed Mother dancing across my RECLAIMED kitchen, house and sanity. I didn’t whether to go to the loo alone or drink my coffee warm first – it didn’t matter – I had done neither for 2 months solid. Good things come to those who wait too huh?
Although I have resigned myself to the fact that with the change in seasons also comes the change in routines (or lack of!). A fresh start in our house now, even more so than in January. However whilst the late nights and in-promtu dashes to the beach have been shelved there are somethings that we are not leaving behind. Some of the small changes that we made whilst working with Bord na Móna on their Naturally Driven campaign will be a firm fixture in our house whatever the season or time of year.
My passion for this campaign is un-waivering, ignited by the simplicity of the changes that can be made by families big & small all over the country with very little effort and fuelled by the prospect of a more sustainable future for Ireland.
From growing & preserving our own herbs (& peas – don’t anyone forget our precious peas), recycling & waste (2 words – metal straws. These are just the best addition to our morning routine), energy efficiency (changing our light bulbs to halogen bulbs & popping a dry towel into out wet load of clothes on those moments when we HAVE to use the dryer) & biodiversity (dump the bottles of chemical weedkillers – they are so bad for our watercourses and wildlife).
You can see the Bord na Móna tips page here – you’ll get plenty of inspiration with regards to how you can make small changes that add up to something great for us all.
So I shall continue on our more sustainable journey as a family. I find it saves us money with little effort – I’m not sorry to say goodbye to bin fulls of plastic straws that is for sure. I shall also continue to dance across my kitchen in crazy old lady fashion. Shel Silverstein puts it best really:
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.”
We can all use a little silly in this old beautiful world of ours. Let’s all try to keep it this way.
Yours, off the sort through 6 million odd pairs of socks,
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