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April 2010

I'm preparing for Little Eco's third birthday party next weekend. Last year I found myself buying disposable cups and plates at the last minute. This year i'm will be a disposable-free tea-party. I've been collecting second hand teeny glasses and cute little floral vintage plates. I started paying around $1 per cup and $2 per plate, but during a recent trip up the valley I discovered an opp shop where glasses are only 10c and plates 50c. I love country town opp shops!!! And I love even more that we'll be using these glasses and plates year after year.... Read more →

Our Sunday outdoors. A beach and no plans…So what did we do? Said hello to some starfish and tried on some starfish shoes. Saw how many different types of seaweed we could find. And my favourite activity was watching Little Eco eagerly collect water from one end of a rock pool and carefully walk around to ‘fill up’ the other side of the exact same rock pool. Note: No seaweed or sea creature was harmed during this fun. We took the opportunity to explain to Little Eco that we should treat all sea creatures tenderly and always return them to... Read more →

I found this cute little tin at an opp shop yesterday for only $4… …filled it with a few small tea cups and saucers (only $1 each) and a tablecloth my Gran made for me…and we enjoyed an outdoor sunset tea party It’s nice to be using the tablecloth my Gran made me. All that beautiful embroidery was done by hand. I cannot even guess how many hours it would have taken her. I enjoyed browsing through my favourite opp shops yesterday. I had a rare morning to myself and went armed with a list of what we needed so... Read more →

I’m sure those of you with children and pets don’t need to be told of the positive influence pets have on children. I’m sure you see your pets tempt your child outdoors and I’m sure, like me, you see their benefits each day. Little Eco loves her pets. She has a best friend called Barney, five chooks, two Guinea Pigs (she’s pictured above with her favourite ‘Crocodile’), and up until a few days ago she also had a rather large stick insect. The pleasure, companionship and lessons she receives from her pets are obvious. Through helping us feed and care... Read more →

I believe that to care about nature and our environment you need to know nature. Why would you care about something you don’t know? I see it as my role to ‘introduce’ nature to Little Eco and I try to take her on a ‘visit with a nature’ each day. We don’t have to travel far…nature is everywhere, even in a busy city. Nature doesn’t have to be grand or wild. It can be small and squishy like this caterpillar found amongst our sweet potato a few weeks ago. But i'm not always a good friend to nature and often... Read more →