An Indian Summer...

Friday, 31 July 2009

I've just stumbled across a new blog, thanks to one of my subscribers, angel whispers. Although there's nothing eco, green or sustainable about it, it's truly scrumptious!

Interior design, Indian style. Bhavna Bhatnagar has jumped right into my dreams and recorded them in her blog 'An Indian Summer'.

In my perfect world, where we all live simply and happily, I would be swanning around barefoot in a pretty little place surrounded by swaying coconut trees and beautiful vivid colours, drinking freshly squeezed watermelon juice.

Anyway, back to reality... enjoy!

Big Green Gathering...

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

"The Big Green Gathering is an award winning festival. It features just about all you can image in the areas of sustainability, organic and eco-friendly living. It’s THE festival for entertainment and education for sustainability. From music, farming, crafts, ethical campaigns, permaculture, markets, fairground fun, sustainable homes, organic food, a village green kids area, green enterprise and business fields this festival has all the resources to learn and enjoy green living."

I haven't been to a festival for years. I finally decided it was time to go, Angel is old enough to enjoy it, we had a group of six of us and two little girls, one large tipi and lots of fun to be had.

We chose the Big Green Gathering, because it is the largest 'Green' festival in Europe and of course we wanted to support this. It is also child friendly and music shuts down at 12am, giving you at least some chance of a good nights sleep.

The festival is generated by solar and wind power and every possible eco way of running you could think of. It's been going for the last 15 years and every year becomes more and more eco friendly.

So why am I not packing?

They cancelled it. Due to "political pressure".

"Festival directors today accused the police of taking a politically motivated decision to shut down the festival on the grounds that it attracts environmental activists and would have raised money for a major climate change demonstration, Climate Camp, to be held next month."
- The Guardian

Here is an article from The Guardian and another showing support from The Green Party.

...My thoughts and comments on this issue will remain in my head!

Solar Power of God...

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Hindu devotees observe a solar eclipse through specially-designed viewing glasses as they take holy dips in the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Sarawati River, in Allahabad, India

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
(AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

...Are They Fading Away?

Monday, 20 July 2009

A boy waves at Bob Geldof from a cloud of dust in northern Ethiopia, May 2003.
Photo: Eddie Mulholland

"I'm walking empty fields and bare hills of a ruined land amongst ruined people.
Over pastries the very important world leaders ruminate and consider our world and their pathetic plans for it.
The people I am with in Ethiopia will not be in those plans. The leaders will break for their coffee and the children here will wait for their handful of grain.
The leaders will resume their very, very important talks and these children will resume dying.
I'll walk on and you will finish reading this and turn the page.
Somewhere along the line all of us got things very, very wrong."

Bob Geldof - "Geldof in Africa". Published in 2005.

(I read this as I drank my coffee and ate my pain au chocolat...)

My Nanhi Kali...

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Project Nanhi Kali for the girl child

I have just done what I have meant to do for a long time.

I am sponsoring an under privileged girl in India to go to school.

You can see how here.


Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Take some time to watch this with your family. It's beautiful, amazing and very poignant...