This year I have enjoyed looking back and remembering all the things that happened during 2013. In a lot of ways it has been a year of adventures for me and my family (albeit stay at home ones mostly).
Before I get started on my reflections though I want to thank:
- My husband for supporting me and not only putting up with what one close family member calls ‘all my crackpot ideas’, but also for spending a lot of time helping me with the blog. For helping with the design, the layout, any technical issues and with reading over lots of my articles and providing very helpful editorial advice before I publish them. I want to thank him also for becoming a contributor to my blog and writing some very interesting articles for me (if you are interested you can read them here, here and here).
- Friends and family members who have also put up with my crackpot ideas and have supported me throughout the year.
- All those inspirational writers, bloggers and projects out there, that have motivated me to make so many of the changes I have made in my life, people like Westywrites, Jen Gale, Hattie Garlick, Jen and Grant of the Clean Bin Project, The Story of Stuff, Mark Boyle – the Moneyless Man, Becky from Babybudgeting, Rachelle Strauss, Karen Cannard, Cat Fletcher and countless others…
- And of course all my lovely readers for reading and supporting the blog in 2013!
So here we go, this is my Eco Thrifty 2013!
I have met inspiring people:
- James Wong (www.jameswong.co.uk) and did some seed swapping at Seedy Sunday (read about it here)
- Karen Cannard of the Rubbish Diet (www.therubbishdiet.org.uk)
- Jen and Grant of the Clean Bin Project (www.cleanbinproject.com)
- Cat Fletcher of Freegle, Brighton Waste House and other inspirational projects (www.ilovefreegle.org and http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/business-and-community/the-house-that-kevin-built)
Then I decided to set myself a Year of Eco Challenges which you can read about here and and quit some more things:
- I went poo free again for a year this time! (read more here)
- I gave up shopping in supermarkets for 11 months (read more here)
- I decided to buying nothing new or secondhand for me for 10 months (read more here)
- I decided to give something away every day for 9 months (read more here)
- camomile – being enjoyed by me daily in hot water,
- garlic for the first time – which we are still eating
- jerusalem artichoke tubers, which we were given at a seedling swap in Preston Park in Brighton and had a good crop of them. I have been enjoying them in stir fries and baked.
- a variety of other things including some lovely homegrown salad
Here’s to a great 2014 for us all!
I am currently undertaking a Year of Eco Challenges . If you have a moment I would really appreciate it if you would consider sponsoring me with an action on my DoNation page. Also if you liked this post please click like on Facebook and follow on Twitter – thanks so much!