HOW TO KEEP WARM & SAVE ENERGY THIS WINTER

How to keep warm and save energy this Winter. A simple DIY for a homemade draught excluder.

It’s been one of the coldest Winters in a long time here. For months I have been wearing two cardigans and drinking lots of hot tea. Our old victorian house is pretty draughty, and it’s really noticeable at this time of year. I have been thinking about all the things we can do to make sure we save energy, and I decided to make myself a draught excluder for the front door in order to keep us all a little warmer.

I recently heard about smart meters, which show you exactly how much gas and electricity you are consuming. They’re a great way to help you be more mindful about your heating and the appliances you use. Plus they also tell you exactly how much energy you use in pounds and pence. That means no more estimated bills, you pay for what you use. It will be so useful to be able to identify times when we are using lots of energy, so we can cut back – a visual reminder that is bound to motivate you to turn that landing light off!

The draught excluder was super simple to make, and no doubt I will be making a few more for the back of the house. I also decided to add some dried lavender to the filling so it will smell lovely too.

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INSPIRED BY NATURE: NURTURING KITCHEN

Jo from Nurturing Kitchen tells me why connecting to nature inspires her to slow down and improves her well being

It’s time for the next instalment of the Inspired By Nature series. I am so happy to have this wonderful mama on the blog today. She is a cook inspiring others to nourish themselves and their loved ones through real, plant-based nurturing foods and activities. The food she makes and bakes is beautiful to look at, and instantly makes my mouth water. She manages to get so much colour into her food, and her Instagram feed has me drooling over my phone. I would sure like an invite to dinner.

Please welcome Jo Balfe from Nurturing Kitchen

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INSPIRED BY NATURE: A.S APOTHECARY

A.S Apothecary on Geoffrey & Grace. Photos by Susan Bell and Emma Lee

I am really excited to introduce you to my next guest in the ‘Inspired By Nature’ series. This lady is a traditional apothecary, a distiller, plantswoman and a therapist. She has had a really fascinating life and I have loved hearing more about why she does what she does. Having just opened a ‘bricks and mortar’ shop and therapy room in Lewes, East Sussex, I wanted to find out what led her to this point in her life.

I hope you enjoy reading her story. She has some wonderful insights into how nature can support and provide, in terms of self care. If you would like to live more in tune with the rhythm of the seasons but aren’t sure where to begin, then read on, she offers some brilliant advice.

Please welcome Amanda from A.S Apothecary….

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INSPIRED BY NATURE: A SERIES

Inspired By Nature with Fare Isle on Geoffrey & GracePhoto courtesy of Kaity @fareisle

I’m really excited to introduce you to a new series that I am starting on the blog today. Nature has always been a big inspiration to me, so I wanted to look at this in more depth, and talk to some folk that hold nature at the centre of their way of life. I’m thrilled to have some great people lined up that are so inspired by nature, that it shapes their work life, and the way they choose to live with their families.

I’m particularly interested in whether nature helps us slow down and supports a slow living lifestyle. I wanted to get some other peoples thoughts on whether working with nature helps them live in a more mindful and wholehearted way.

First up we have a lady who lives in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, the island of Nantucket. She is surrounded by nature at its best, and the landscape around her informs what she does. She grows and wild-harvest’s many of the ingredients for her produce, and focuses on farm to table pantry items, wellness products, and also offers a Chef Service. I am delighted to introduce you to Kaity from Fare Isle.

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A HOME FOR THE BEES WITH TAYLORS TEA

A Home for the Bees with Taylors Tea on Geoffrey & Grace

We are a vegetarian household, but are not vegan, however we still like to say “thank you to the bees” when we eat any honey. But these busy, buzzing insects do more than just make honey, and are responsible for pollinating a large percentage of the world’s crops and wild flowers.

It was a real pleasure to be asked by Taylors Teas of Harrogate to help spread the word about how much bees actually do, and what we can do to support them.

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