Fire going … had my roast breakfast (I bake the sausages, garlic and tomato and poach the eggs) … reading the papers … many cups of tea.
Coco is either chasing a ball around the lounge or sitting next to me.
I always read the paper with a pen and scissors next to me … to note and cut out interesting things.
So far 2 things have caught my eye …
Really really low fares to Singapore and Australia until the end of June … as low as 630 euro return … and Malaysian Airlines is doing some crazy fare (you have a couple of stops along the way) to Singapore for less than 500 euro.
Need to attract some funds as I want to go to Singapore in the next 2 months to work with Marc on the design of SKIL2 and Life Dreaming.
The second thing that interested me a great deal?
A DIY paper log maker sold by an Irish company – Ecostore.ie
You make paper logs and they burn for up to 3 hours.
Here’s the How To instructions from their site.
I don’t know about you dear reader … but my coal bill this winter was beyond funny (as high as 30 euro a week when it was really cold) … particularly when you don’t have a lot of cash.
Many thanks to friends who gave me bags of coal for Xmas … they made my fire burn well during the very cold winter.
I don’t want to spend that kind of money again so the whole idea of making my own fuel looks like something I’d love to try.
It also reuses paper … and even after we use the paper to make the no dig beds for the Sunny Funny Garden … I’ll have heaps left over … and I do love my weekend papers.
So … for the cost of papers I’d already be buying (and you can also use any junk mail or a4 paper … jeez … I have piles of old work files I could use … brilliant) … and some time in the sun in summer … I can get a pile of free fuel.
And … Gabriel said I could chop some logs on his land … and wood ash is much loved by tomatoes.
A little forward planning and I could have really low fuel bills this winter …
What’s not to like?
The DIY paper log maker costs 34.99 euro and if you mention the Sunday Times Home section … you’ll get free Irish delivery.
And there’s more … I liked on their site that they have a section where you can haggle the price with them … and they have a lot of other great energy and sustainable products.
I also like their sectioned bin for recycling – makes good sense and looks like it holds a bit of stuff. I currently have different bags all around the kitchen and it looks a bit messy.
I could literally pick up the food waste stuff and put it in the compost bin in the Sunny Funny Garden.
I’m off back to my papers … I’ll add anything else of interest I find …
…. back again … still in the Homes section of the paper.
I have been collecting teapots … teacups … cake trays … for about 5 or 6 years.
I enjoy the mix of design + function.
The mag had a very quirky cake tray ( Blaue Blume) and a lovely teapot and cup by Ikuko Twamato … both very sculptural and full of sensual texture … you want to stroke them … and then eat cake and sip violet scented tea.
love this piece … and if they were laden with Sharon Sweeneys cupcakes & chocolates … heaven
I still love the teapot I bought years and years ago from a sculptor friend … it’s wrapped porcelain and I do drink tea from it now and again.
And I love these old World War 2 posters … kind of apropos for now.
I love doing the Sunny Funny Garden and learning to grow organic food at Rossinver Organic Centre.
One day I’d love to see land set aside in Ballinamore for allotments and community gardens … it would be practical and a potential visitor attraction.
Except I’d want Peace Gardens for Victory.
I’m off back to my papers … wonder what else will catch my eye?
Well well … this is interesting …
According to the article on community gardens
Trevor Sargent (minister for food in Ireland) has launched his Get Ireland Growing campaign … he said … it’s worth pointing out that councils are obliged to provide growing space for those who want them under the 1926 Allotments Act (The Sunday Times. 29.03.09. p22. home mag)
Cool … so … when I learn more this year I can see who else in town might be interested in starting local community gardens … and then contact the local authority and our local councillors for land.
I’ve also just written a story about the Sunny Funny Garden for their site.
And just in case someone is reading who has a food growing project in their community in Ireland … and is looking for funding … check this out … Healthy Food For All are funding community food projects over a period of 3 years.
ok … that’s taken a couple of hours of research and writing … all fun … and … I’m going back to my papers.