letting the train take the strain

Monday, 21 April 2008

At this time of year I don’t often venture out on my roof terrace except to occasionally attend to my worm compost bin.  This is a complicated, fairly athletic procedure involving me climbing up a steep ladder and crossing onto my next door neighbour’s roof, balancing a slop bucket full of kitchen waste.  Read more >
Friday, 18 April 2008
A common refrain amongst my single girlfriends is where are all the decent men?  This weekend I found out where - in Wales at the Centre for Alternative Technology learning how to make biodiesel fuel.  At a ratio of 3 women to 40 men they should abandon the hairless, over groomed metrosexuals stalking London’s bars and head west immediately.  Ladies, real men are not extinct judging by the hordes seduced from their sheds by the happy thought of making their own fuel from cooking fat.   Read more >
Monday, 14 April 2008
I was intrigued and excited when an invitation recently dropped on my mat inviting me to a do at Joanna Lumley’s house to raise awareness for the continuing human rights abuses in Tibet.  Read more >
Friday, 11 April 2008
I’ve been talking about greening up my flat with wind turbines, solar panels and converting the loft using eco friendly materials for months and at long last work is beginning. My squeeze and his team are going to do the renovations. I wasn’t sure if this would be a good idea as our relationship is a bit volatile, a concern that alarmingly everyone else seemed to share.  Read more >
more travel articles

Thursday, 25 May 2006
I'm currently enjoying an eco-friendly mini break at the Mayr clinic in Austria. The clinic has sweeping views of Lake Worthersee, the purest lake in Europe, and is set in ravishing organic meadowlands studded with poppies, buttercups, daisies and cowslips; wild-flowers we take for granted but which are rapidly disappearing from the UK in our mania for immaculate green lawns. Read more >

Thursday, 27 April 2006
S and I have just returned from a 5 day Buddhist course near Aix en Provence in France.  I visit every year and always leave rebooted and revitalised and not just from the sunshine, delicious food and breathtaking setting over looking Mont St Victoire, the inspiration behind so many of Cezanne’s paintings. Read more >   

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