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A few delightful eco toys for christmas

Taking care of my most important eco asset

Over the past few weeks I’ve gained an increasing appreciation for my most important eco asset.

I didn’t realise what it was until it failed me….

It’s not our solar panels, rainwater tanks, garden, or our passively designed home. Nor is it my bike or our public transport system.

My most important eco asset is my health.

The whole Little Eco family caught a chest cold that has left us feeling rotten and exhausted for over a month.

Living a simpler, more sustainable life does take more time and energy. Usually we don’t mind. But when we’re sick it becomes a struggle.

Too tired to ride my bike to work, I’ve been driving. Too tired to cook, we’ve eaten more take-away and packaged food in the past month than in the entire previous year. We’ve also sadly wasted food, with bowls and bowls of cherry tomatoes spoiling before I had a chance to preserve them in some way. Too tired to get to the farmers market, we’ve been buying our fruit from the supermarket.

I usually put a huge amount of effort into trying to make our lifestyle sustainable. Whereas I put little effort into looking after myself.

I've realised this needs to change. I’m going to put my health first. I’m tired of being tired and exhausted.

I want the energy to live the life I want to live.

I’ve started my Christmas leave two weeks earlier than planned and am spending the last few weeks of the year focusing on restoring my (and my family’s) health. I’ve been thinking about the changes we need to make to our lifestyle to increase our health and wellbeing.

I'll share my plan shortly. In the meantime, i'll leave you with some pictures of our Christmas Tree.

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We found a few fallen Sheoak branches and placed them in a vase (filled with sand to stop it topppling over).

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Sheoaks come with their own christmas decorations.

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We've been adding bits and pieces each time we go for a walk. Our Spinifex star was collected during a stroll along the beach.

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It's still pretty bare, but we're planning to add more each time we go for a walk. I'd also like to find the time/energy to make some recycled felt star ornaments. Or maybe i'll just leave the stars till next year ;-)

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