When I was pregnant with the Boy, I was full of good intentions about 'natural this', 'organic that' and 'eco-friendly everything else' - once he was born, however, the cloth nappy idea disappeared out of the window, and the plans for only buying organic clothing went out with the bathwater. There is something all-consuming about life with a newborn, and when you add into the mix the fact that the Husband was made redundant and we lost our home due to inability to pay the rent (luckily, my parents took us in for a year - I'm fortunate enough to have an amazing Mum and Dad), thoughts of saving the planet were shoved to the back of my mind.
We've since got back on our feet, and now rent a lovely two-bed flat in a quiet block, which means as well as crochet, sewing, music, reading, the country, the sea, vintage clothes and homewares and artwork, I can concentrate more on living a more ethical and eco-friendly lifestyle, which will hopefully also lead to better health for me and my family.
Last year, I wrote on my old blog about growing vegetables and salad crops on our small balcony - I started out with ridiculously high hopes, and refused to be told that the space we had didn't get enough sunlight. I attempted (brace yourselves, accomplished gardeners, this will be like stand-up comedy for you) to grow courgettes, runner beans, salad tomatoes, sweetcorn and potatoes. I did get some flowers on the plants, but they just withered and died - they say first comes the flower, then comes the fruit, but it was more like 'make do with the flowers, because that's all you'll see'.