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I was looking at a book recently. The fantastic 500 ways to save the planet without costing the earth
By Donnachadh Macarthy.

I blogged about it a few months ago because this book was a keystone in the lifestyle we’ve adopted.

In the front cover I found this list.


It was dated 2009.

It says
Local honey
Local eggs
Bat box
Bean sprouts
Spoon in handbag
Rain harvester ? Toilet
Earth summit pledge
Door sweep
Air fan

The amazing thing is we’ve done all of these things except the bean sprouts. We’ve tried but failed. Mouldy bean sprouts I can do. Edible ones? Nah!

The other amazing thing is that I would never have thought we’d have achieved them all.

For starters the local honey is our own honey.

The local eggs are from our own hens.

It’s great to know that journeys will surprise us!

18 comments on “Lists

  1. Jill's Scene
    October 20, 2014

    Impressive achievement! I’m curious though, what’s a bat box?

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    • lizard100
      October 21, 2014

      That’s very frustrating. What a shame!


    • lizard100
      October 21, 2014

      It’s like a bird box. It’s a box up on a wall that bats can live in.

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      • Jill's Scene
        October 21, 2014

        Ah, I wondered if that was it. We do have bats here in NZ, but only in the forests and their numbers are declining. Actually, they are our only native mammal.

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      • lizard100
        October 21, 2014

        Thats so tragic. Our box doesnt seem to have inhabitants. But there are bats that we see at night. Flyibg between our house and the neighbours.

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  2. Ellen Hawley
    October 20, 2014

    Someone kept robbing our local egg sales box, so they’re getting harder to find around here. But I can do edible bean sprouts. Just rinse them once a day.

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  3. Kitchen-Counter-Culture
    October 20, 2014

    I know him on social media, I’m going to send him a link to this, I think he’d be happy to see this πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      October 20, 2014

      I do too. I told him the other day. He’s a great inspiration!


  4. Roe's Cottage
    October 20, 2014

    ‘Spoon in handbag’?!?!

    Liked by 1 person

    • BerLinda
      October 20, 2014

      Yes, I was wondering about that too!

      Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      October 20, 2014

      So you dont use a plastic throw away one!


      • Roe's Cottage
        October 21, 2014

        Haha! I see… But it probably took as long to write as to put a spoon in your bag ;D
        Are you sure you didn’t add it just so you could cross it off and get that bolt of satisfaction?! (I always do that with my allotment aims!)

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      • lizard100
        October 21, 2014

        Its a bit like that but making sure you do something as a habit can be trickier.


  5. permiechick
    October 23, 2014

    It’s amazing what happens when you write down a goal. Even if you never look at it again you seem to achieve it anyway. And it’s so fun to discover those lists years later πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Rambling Woods
    October 24, 2014

    I do have a spoon in my handbag…but no bees or hens…..but we have changed the way we do things over the past 5 years…

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