T’is rather hard to know where or how to start when one has been so ludicrously absent from blogs and the posting thereof but I shall give it a go, somewhat sheepishly but hey ho. No. Actually. Forget the sheep. I think I’ll start true to form – with a rant. Here goes . . .
Another Christmas has been and gone and I made the same mistakes. Every year, no matter how much I try to resist, I fall under the spell of consumerism. Not obscenely so but enough to make for some serious self-berating. I argue with myself and finger wag at my kids that we’re cutting back this year . . . don’t expect so much because I really mean it this time!!! . . . but Captain Capitalism always manages to bewitch me at Christmas and forces me to buy all kinds of crap that no-one really needs (and probably doesn’t even want that much if truth be told). The food wastage alone is a sin of biblical proportions but it’s the whole Xmas package (and packaging!) that gets so mental. Well what’s done is done. I tried to be as green and as ethical as possible but if I’m honest I failed on more levels than I care to admit. Anyhoo, here are some UK Christmas eco-facts:
- Every year some one billion cards are used and only a fraction of them are recycled.
- Almost 3000 tonnes of aluminium foil is used to wrap around the 10 million turkeys we eat every Christmas.
- Almost half of the toys given will be broken or discarded within three months and because most of them will be plastic, they will be destined straight for our delightful landfill sites.
- Approximately 23 million jars of pickles, mincemeat and cranberry sauce will be consumed. If all these glass jars were recycled, it would save enough energy to boil water for 60 million cups of tea but alas only a small percentage are recycled.
- Over 83 square km of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey
- [End of rant]
The snow queen visited her lovely self upon us for the second year running (well I know we’ve had snow other years but not with any intensity worth mentioning). T’was another beautiful Winterval with some delightful bright snowy days and our enchanting moon providing some gorgeous nights with its orange silveryness above us (I know. Just use your imagination). I sometimes find myself wishing I had a really good camera that would do justice to some of the moons I’ve enjoyed this Autumn/Winter. Mind you, a proper, decent camera would be wasted on the likes of me so my little Nikon will suffice for my limited technical knowledge. I don’t even use that to it’s full capacity . . . and I dropped it once so now an elastic band keeps the battery cover closed. I’m really rubbish sometimes. Anyway, some piccies:
Comfort and Joy
Lovely Middlie provided the joy by dancing in the local theatre panto again and of course she was brilliant. This year it was Mother Goose and it was hilarious. And in a rare, out-of-character moment, I was actually organised enough to book tickets early enough to get the comfy seats with optimal viewing.
The best thing about 2011 is going to be
England lifting the rugby world cup on my rugby-mad son’s 12th birthday. Yay!
Well that wasn’t so bad. TTFN folks.