Not vermicelli

Okay, I’ve used my car today, so clearly I’ve got a carbon footprint. At the same time, I’m feeling uplifted by one or two events which have taken place.

First off, I took my latest finished book along to the café where I do my Knitting and Nattering (albeit crocheting). The idea is you can simply leave your book(s) or take, as you wish. And on this occasion I took as well as gave.

Now, I could of course have donated the book to charity. But what happens if no one wants it?

It may get driven to another shop in the group and then another and my guess is it might never be sold, considering how many books are donated. On the other hand, there is a fair chance the book will be read time and again if it is free, thus prolonging its life. And I didn’t have to drive to the next town to hand it to a charity shop.

The second event took me quite by surprise. Last week, I had been doing some Tunisian crochet, which I am teaching myself badly. A couple of women behind me, who were not part of the group, offered to give me their hooks if I would be there next week.

In the interim, I’d completely forgotten the offer, so at first I was puzzled this morning when some one approached and asked if I was the lady with the long hook. Once we’d established that I was, though I’d reverted to normal crochet on this occasion, I was handed a bag of these:

Now, they are hardly suitable for gardening – and I’m not sure when I’m going to get back to the project that might require them – but one way or another there is no call for me to be idle when I’m not busy outside!

Today’s efforts on that front have amounted to me taking one of my cowslips for one if the other members of the knitting group. Yes, the plant was what she had been looking for, so I’ll give her some more.

And lest I forget, I’ve crushed up some eggshells, which have been sprinkled round the now-shooting hosta. Keep off you slugs.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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14 Responses to Not vermicelli

  1. I’m glad there was an explanation of the picture – initially I was imagining intestinal worms!!
    I am trying hard to use the library rather than buying books and I’ve had an email today telling me that my latest reservation is in: The Happiness Project. Hopefully it will make me smile 🙂

    • Helen says:

      I hope you enjoy your book. I’m awaiting a few George Monbiot books from the library but whoever has them is obviously holding onto them…

  2. DH spent the day sorting books. He has most of the books he ever had , bought , gifted, or acquired another way. He’s trying to sort out the doubles and those he knows he’s never going to reread. We talked about the best place to get rid of them. The books store takes some but i thought one of those neighborhood kiosk, where you can put your books and people can take them or trade for them. I think your point about free books being read more is a good one. And we are a long way from the library up here in the woods. I think more people would read if they had a source for books they could afford ie: free.

  3. Nice reciprocity in your group

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    One of the churches in our benefice holds a book sale once a year and makes hundreds of pounds for the upkeep of the church. That’s where most of our unwanted books go but we sometimes take a few to one or other of the charity shops in the local towns. The village next to ours has an old phone box which has been converted to a mini community free library where books can also be donated.
    I hadn’t heard of Tunisian crochet – thanks for the link, Helen.

  5. Great idea taking in one of your plants! How nice to be able to share things …

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