Enjoying good things!

Enjoy the good things

It has been a long break between posts, I have been working on my journaling blog, at Journaling and Walking and also at learning to take and create better images. Whilst I am loving doing my new blog and focusing on my love of journaling. It feels good to come home to this blog, and I feel it is time to come back here.

What good things have you been enjoying lately?

This weekend I have been enjoying attending an ethical shopping class, learning how to spend my money in a way that supports less chemicals, home -grown, animal rights, less packaging, fair trade, sustainable produced and so much more.The way I spend my money, can be a vote for the things that I feel is important. The other thing I learnt was the power to inform companies of my decisions, of approval and disapproval. Ethical shopping is such a huge area to consider, and I will be starting with one thing at a time on my shopping list developing more ethical selections over time. The other thing that came up was the idea of simply not consuming so much. That question of do I really need  to buy it, or do I simply just want it?

I also enjoyed attending the Belgrave Lantern Festival, on Saturday night. This is such a lovely community event, the parade seemed bigger once again this year, and included so many creative lanterns. I enjoyed sitting outside eating pizza for dinner, and was entertained by the parade. It was a very cold winters evening, and a great way to celebrate the winter solstice.

Today I enjoyed staying snuggled up in bed all morning listening to an audio book. Brunch which was cooked by my husband, and then catching up with my blog posts and sending off emails. It was a lazy day!

Over the last six months there have been times when the traffic and building of new estates gets to me. Whilst there are times I feel this suburban life is isolating and boring, and I long for the excitement of the city. Other days the places I want to go and the activities I want to do seem so far away and hard to get too. These things make me feel like a unhappy suburban chick. I remind myself to find a way to live an enjoyable life, and to see exciting opportunities in my own neighbourhood. It was this attitude that helped me to discover the Belgrave Lantern Festival, and also the Ethical shopping class I attended on the weekend. It was this attitude that helped me to discover my lovely adventure walks which have led to so many discoveries in my local neighbourhood.

Once again I plan to come back to this blog, posting only once a week, and focusing on embracing my suburban life and living life as a Happy Suburban Chick.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Composting ~ Project 1 of Journey to a Greener Life!

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Project 1. Composting ~ our first step to greener living. 

I have been lazy and selfish. I think part of being a Happy Suburban Chick is living a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle.I want to live greener, I want to be kinder to our planet, and I want to set a good example to my children. So I recently went to a couple of green living work shops on gardening and reducing food waste. My first project was to set up my compost bin. It will provide good soil for our garden beds and is good for recycling a lot of our food scraps. We can also put our grass clippings in there as well. It was very easy to set up I put a layer of shredded news paper in, then a layer of grass clippings and now I am doing a layer of food scraps. Then once a week it gets all mixed up and aerated. In six months time we should have some good composed soil for our vegetable garden. My next project is to get some seedlings for the vegetable patch, and figure out ways to buy more local foods. I recently went to a Farmer’s Market, we have two a month on in our area. Another idea is the local market, I am told you can buy a lot of fresh local food from the weekly weekend market. So my journey begins, I will let you know how I am going through my blog.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!