Thinking about volunteering?

One way or another, I’ve been a volunteer and helped to run volunteer organisations almost all my life. I’ve had a lot of fun, made friends and achieved some amazing things as a volunteer. Sometimes, it doesn’t work out like that though. I was talking to a friend the other day, and she said, “My experience of volunteering is of petty politics and being expected to do more than I …

Diaries from a lardeedaar #2

Mike and I have decided to throw a party. It’s our wedding anniversary, and a house-warming is well overdue. We love spending time with our friends and seeing what happens when we bring people together. We’ve got lots of new friends in Malvern, so it should be interesting! I’m also rather excited about ‘greening’ the whole experience, as part of our quest for a truly sustainable lifestyle. In recent years, …

Diaries from a lardeedaar #1

Corks popped, conversation flowed, and there was much music and merriment. But what about the morning after? Did we create a sustainable living hangover, or achieve our ‘positive impact’ aims? On the plus side, we had fun and we supported local businesses – the organic butcher, greengrocer, general grocer, brewery and guest house. We also supported the local charity shops, and we used local produce. I don’t think we generated …