“Autumn is a second spring,

When every leaf is a flower."   Today's Friday Food for Thought comes from Albert Camus (1913 - 1960), French philosopher, author and journalist.   Did you know? The song Autumn Leaves, composed by Joseph Kosma, was originally called Les Feuilles Mortes, with lyrics in French by Jacques Prévert. Since it was written in 1945 it has been recorded…

Cleaner and greener – some easy ways to make your laundry kinder to the environment

Dear Sam,   I'm much better, thank you.  I'm at that stage after being poorly when you fully appreciate being able to do all the everyday things that it's easy to take for granted when you're feeling well. So, your last post about the benefits of  a simple daily task like making the bed really struck a chord…

How to recycle what you usually can’t

Dear Claire, I discovered something interesting the other day. April being Earth month, there’s a lot in the news about recycling and reusing – especially reusing, now that the market for recyclables is so unpredictable and given how much energy it takes to recycle something. This reminded me of some of our tips about spring-cleaning…