One of the top 50…

…individuals who can save our planet according to the Guardian is Leonardo DiCaprio, no less. Ignoring the fact that he has the face and fame of a hero, the 33 year old actor has become an “impassioned environmentalist”. Having loved “The Beach”, I was interested to read that it was during the making of that […]

Thank who?

When I was walking past an Oxfam shop with my Dad a couple of weeks ago, I glimpsed a sign on the door saying that for any M&S item of clothing brought into the shop in a bag of unwanted clothes, you would get a £5 M&S voucher. “That seems too good to be true” […]

Light up my life!

Last weekend was my annual trip to Centerparcs with seven other women - more to the point, without husbands and kids!!!! Our ninth visit saw us another year older with increased aches and pains, dependency on reading glasses and frequent nightly trips to the loo! However, our fight for the best lit place on the […]

Who are your ethical heroes?

I’m just beginning to emerge from the tunnel that is the Christmas period: not that it was a dark experience - just noisy, full-on and overwhelmingly exhausting.
Having functioned on autopilot for the last few weeks, I am awakening to a new year full of new challenges, resolutions and experiences.
However, I still don’t feel in the […]

Back to life, back to reality

Sorry if any of you have noticed that I have been away for six weeks. Not intended, not planned for, but necessary for my survival.
With five kids, the summer holidays are my personal Everest, the biggest challenge of my year. Not that I dislike my children, but my energy and patience levels (along with money, […]

Christmas is a-coming!

Yes, it is, it really is!
On the same day that I heard of a student returning home from university for a summer break of FOUR MONTHS (!), I received my first mail order Christmas catalogue of the year through the post. I haven’t even got our summer wardrobe out of the loft and we are […]

Back to Africa

If the title implies I have already visited Africa, then I’m sorry - it’s more that I’m turning my thoughts back there. I am not one of those people that suffers from wanderlust and feels the need to travel the world, taking in diverse cultures, natural wonders, new experiences….. I have no desire to see […]

Plan Do Review - Part 2

I have just reread up to the twentieth entry in Hometruth and have some further thoughts to share with you:-
On the subject of chocolate:
I have managed not to buy any of my recently relinquished favourite brand of chocolate in quite some time and am still trying to re-educate my palate. My head tells me that […]

Supermarket Sweep

I came across the Traidcraft Supermarket Shoppers’ Survey on their website the other week and I must admit, it has been troubling me ever since. Having started to answer questions on my shopping habits, one of the many distractions in my life stopped me from completing and submitting the survey, so my contribution will count […]

It’s a wind-up!

Couldn’t resist the title and it’s the least I deserve, given the inconvenience my gadget man’s latest eco-gadget has caused me.My bedroom has not experienced such noise and action in quite a while, I can tell you. Any ideas yet?
Sorry to disappoint, it’s just a Freeplay Summit wind-up radio. I shouldn’t say ‘just’ because there […]