Avoid Bottled Water: environmental madness!


Bottled Water: environmental madness!

Every time you buy a bottle of water remember what a spokesman of Friends of the Earth said: “It’s absolutely absurd to be putting this very heavy bulky and yet supercheap product in bottles, which weigh almost as much as the product and carting them around the world.

It uses enormous amounts of energy and that, in turn, fuels climate change. Yet it’s climate change which is the biggest threat facing the world’s water resources in the future. This is just craziness!”

Instead you can fill up clean water from home, and carry it around for the day. Bottled water is not always safe, and there have been several instances of bottled water being found unsafe to drink.It is also costly and a threat to the planet.

from: A Good Life. The guide to ethical living. Leo Hickman.


The Magic that is Meryl Streep!


The postwoman had come trudging up the road carting a large parcel for me from my sister in Atlanta. The sweltering heat of summer was killing the post office woman and she had to be filled up with ice cold water.

I knew the parcel would have a large stock of catnip for my cats from Walmart! But besides that, and the chocolates and nuts and coffee powder etc. there was a book called Her Again Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman!


Magic of course began to shimmer on the cover of the book itself with Streep looking out solemnly at the world! Once I began it, it was difficult to put down. Magic is forked out equally by the exquisite writing, immensely researched, and the stunning actress! I haven’t read such a stupendous biography in a long time and the third magic that seeped out of this day was: how does my sister do it? She was never much of a reader, preferred cooking and psychiatry and orchids over everything. But her favourite pastime is walking around the Barns & Noble shelves digging out books for me. And she always finds true delight.


I learn that this book captures Streep’s early beginnings. So I am hoping there will be another treasure chest to gobble up sometime soon! Can we ever have enough of the woman who received the most astounding tweet recently and survived it superbly!


The house that invites wildlife to lunch!

A house covered with heather

It is good to grow plants that provide late pollen and nectar and invite wild life in. Shrubs such as Buddleja, heather and tree ivy.

Flowering plants such as ivy, sedum, Michaelmas daisy, coneflower, rudbechkia, healther, fennel. From: A Slice of Organic Life.