Leaving footprints

The first time I came to England, in 1997, I was introduced to the relative joys of public transport. I was on a Working Holiday visa, and like the rest of the Southern Hemisphere Commonwealth youngsters in London at the time, I made full use of the system. A car was certainly not on the agenda. Neither did it come into play when I moved to England in 2006 and stayed for four years – of which a year was out in Kent and with a bicycle (which I had bought from a retired chimney sweep in East Sheen for £30 before I moved from Kew).

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A wrinkle of my feet

After a very long break from running because of a ‘tiny’ but persistent injury, achieved just over two and a half years ago, I decided in November last year to start running again. For the first two weeks it went really well, I obviously took it really slowly and managed to get some running bits in in between the walking, but not kill myself in the process. And I loved being out again, and the way it made me feel afterwards. Joy!

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What is sacred?

As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed this morning, I came across a post by someone who I have only been following for a short while. In the post, she describes the contents of her pantry, and it is accompanied by a photo of jars and jars of supplies. She also provides a great exposition of how pantries, as in the days of yore, were the culmination of a sacred process – which has sadly over the decades been replaced by trips to the supermarket. You can read the post here (and you should, it’s really lovely).

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Lockdown diaries 10: Fast fashion 101

Earlier this week, I noticed an article that someone posted on LinkedIn about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on parts of the clothing (and fashion) industry. Since we all wear clothes, I thought I’d write about the clothing industry, but specifically the fashion industry and its environmental impact. And then see what we can do about it. Only a few talented of us make our own clothes – the rest of us buy our clothing in shops. Whichever way we do acquire our clothes though, our collective individual choices have a huge, global impact. Continue reading “Lockdown diaries 10: Fast fashion 101”


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