If you are looking for hints and tips about environmental issues then why not take a trip to my other blog here.

It’s a new blog which I hope will concentrate on many issues including recycling, alternative products for things like gardening and everyday use plus anything else I can think of, including cooking and recipes for which I have a few.

I love this beautiful planet and want to do my small part in making it stay that way.

Why not hop along and have a gander and please participate. Everyone’s welcome.

Sensible Living.

Since I started spending time here is Southern Sweden the garden has been infested with ground elder. A really difficult weed to get rid of, ground elder is one problem I wish I didn’t have!!

This is War!!

That is just a small patch but this damn weed is growing everywhere! Each morning I go outside and swear there’s more of this weed. Originally though this “weed” was classed as a herb by the Romans! AND, the Scandinavians still use it in their cooking to this day although I haven’t sampled it and to be honest don’t want to!

Exterminate, Exterminate!!

Intricate root system

The root system is only shallow growing but when you do any weeding you must make sure you get every bit of the root and plant otherwise it will still re-grow!

But I have a plan, a very good plan which I hope will check this weed and remove it from my garden. All I need are some seeds and a little patience!

I have been in Sweden on and off for around 2 years now and in that time I have had to learn how to live alone and environmentally. What I mean by that is by recycling as much as I can, catching rain water for the loo, growing my own veg and fruit during the summer months and, well just trying to save and reuse as much as I can. And this extends to the garden where I try to reuse wood and other things like brick that people throw into the forests near me.
I don’t know who has done it but this person must have had a driveway at one time and then dug it up. Instead of going to the tip with the brick they threw them into a pile in the forest about 2 kilometres away from me. Now I have seen these brick when I first came here so they have been there at least 2 years, and in the past have taken a few for the garden. Now the snow has gone I have filled the car up and brought a load of brick home with me for the garden as I intend to use them and also to make a BBQ so we can have one on a lovely summers day, that’s if the volcanic ash has gone by then!

Volcanic ash

Is that Volcanic ash in the sky?

I still need a few more as the BBQ is using more than I thought but there’s lots still lying there, abandoned so I am recycling them.

Wheres the exit?

Another thing they have done around here lately is cut down lots and lots of pine trees. I don’t know why but the government have said it’s now ok to do so and you don’t need permission like you used to, so I think that’s the reason why. A lot of people have wood burning stoves and fires around here and it is perfect where I live as there is so much wood!

So much wood

Wood for the trees

Anyway I went onto the woods and helped myself to the trees they have knocked down and left discarded on the floor. I don’t have a wood burning fire or stove but instead will use them in the garden as either fence posts or fencing itself. Pine is beautiful especially when the bark is still on it and will make a great looking fence.

I'm a lumberjack and i'm ok

One other thing that I have done recently is pull up some of my own pine trees. Nothing too big, around 30cms is probably the biggest tree I pulled, but I intend to plant them in the garden and create a small hedge in some places. Yes I know they grow to very high heights if left unchecked but I intend to cut them to the correct size over time when they have all growed up!!!

I'm a lumberjack!

Lets hope next year they don’t catch any whales.

BBC News – Japan annual whale hunt ‘halved by activists’.

Earth Hour is on the 27th of March 2010 so why not sign up now and show your support?

WWF Earth Hour.

So they have a plan, sort of. The US, China, India, South Africa and Brazil have all signed a deal that will, do what? You have the Ugandan Prime Minister/President saying 2 degrees will wipe Africa from the face of the earth (not his exact words but he ment something like that) and then our very own Gordon the “haggis eating” Brown saying it’s the first step, yeah backwards Mr Brown.
2 weeks and I think we have nothing set in stone as for saving the planet, or at least reducing the CO2 we pump into the air. Now they are talking about another conference in the New Year, “The Son of Copenhagen” what for? So they can eat and be merry yet again whle the rest of the world suffers?

I think everyone agrees that Global Warming is happening but how much is actually man made is open to question. Me personally think that Global Warming happens every few thousands or millions of years it’s just that this time we, man that is, is making it happen quicker with our reliance on fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. We do need to do something to either stop or at least greatly reduce our carbon emissions and addiction to fossil fuels, but what can we do?

Everybody to Agree

We need everyone to agree to make changes in the way they rely and use fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions but when we have one country blaming another for poluting the air then other countries wanting more than the Billions of dollars the developed world has promised (if they stopped fighting each other and got of their arses then they wouldn’t need our money) then we are fighting a losing battle.

Stop, Think and Act Now

I think Copenhagen has been a waste of time but I bet the Politicians don’t say that. They need to stop, think and all act together now not next year otherwise the 6th mass extinction our planet has had could involve us.


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