Thursday, 8 June 2017

Coming Back (Plus I Was Wrong)

For a little while Dan and I started to wander away from how we want to live and got sucked into the drudge of doing the normal, mindless activities of life. A couple of things have happened over the past months to start the stride back to who we are and how we want to live. For the most part, these steps are almost invisible, but they're there. I was thinking about one just now when I was washing up. 

It all started with a cup of tea (what else?) and our decision to stop buying teabags and go with loose tea, I don't know why this was such a big deal, that's all lost in time, but it was and it was a very good decision. Then there's the changes to how we shop, changes to how we save, breadmaking, cooking in general, inching towards progress in the garden, and all those dozens of other tiny things we do every single day.


Back in January 2016 the very splendid Secondhand Susie blogged about switching to cellulose kitchen sponges. This one took a while as Dan does most of the washing up here and it was a process of negotiation to get him to part with regular scrubby sponges. Eventually we found some cellulose and cotton cloths at Ikea and we love them! I cut them in half before use as that's plenty for washing up purposes, they're also machine washable and compostable. 

What it boils down to is not taking the easiest path and going for convenience all the time, it's not really easier for us as it's not what we want, and it involves saying "NO!!!" fairly frequently. I don't mind saying no to myself but other people sometimes don't like to hear it, particularly when they think they are being kind - it's certainly a skill to say thanks but no thanks and for the other person to hear that in a positive way.

I mentioned seeing the Corbyn car the other day and commented that you wouldn't see that here on the Fylde, hush my mouth for here is the evidence! 


8 comments:

  1. I know just what you mean about not getting caught up in living how we are somehow expected to live and being true to yourselves. I hate the way it is now expected that you have a mobile and that you want a text sent every five minutes to remind you of some appointment or other. I know some people will think this great but personally I have develpoed an excellent memory over the last sixty odd years without the aid of a mobile - I still prefer to be non-contactable! Those cloths look good though I tend to use cotton dishcloths - which then become cleaning cloths and eventually rags. I thought a while back I would like to switch to loose tea again - your post has reminded me of this.

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    1. Exactly, it's so easy to sleepwalk away from your true self and just fall into doing what is expected.

      I also use cotton dishcloths but I use them as cleaning cloths, Dan does most of the washing up and for some reason won't use them for that purpose, so the Ikea ones are a good compromise, we're both happy.

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  2. PS Nice to see the orange back - just need to find my sun glasses again!!

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    1. Ha! It's a case of "be careful what you wish for" with me!

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  3. I must have a look for those kitchen sponges.... A much better idea than the ones we currently use. Jx

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    1. The Ikea ones were less than £1 for four, but Spontex make them too and they're usually available from supermarkets.

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  4. loose leaf is so much better for you. I couldnt believe, when I read that the bags contain small threads of plastic in them. when you pour boiling water on are bad for you. I am lucky that all of my family switch to loose when my sister had breast cancer.

    We buy in bulk and seperate it between us and it is cheaper. plus loose leaf is the better standard rather than the sweepings from the floor. they showed us the difference in Sri Lanka of the loose leaf and the stuff they sell to the UK. its dust really.

    What make do you buy? I had some darjeeling from fortnum and masons and it was the best tea I have ever tasted. we dont get that now we get and assam blend in Totnes. Although there is a Zero Waste shop that my sister wants to try, you take your own bag and they weigh it out (the shop is also in Totnes).

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    1. You're so right,I read that about teabags a while ago and it was shocking! We buy our tea from a tea and coffee specialist in Lancaster and for everyday use we enjoy their Lancaster Blend. We've spoken to the owner a few times and he is keen to talk about how they source their teas and coffee beans, talk about the individual farmers and all that kind of thing which is great.

      The zero waste shop sounds great, let us know if you visit.

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