The BIG announcement

So, as always, I’m forever useless with writing blog posts. However, since my last update we have had some very exciting news!

Ryan and I are going to be parents!

I’ll just let that sink in a little.

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We found out on Fathers Day 2018 and as time waits for no man we’re now fast approaching the end of September and our 20 week scan!

While all this news is super scary, I’d like to think we’re ready for this new chapter… maybe. I’ll possibly do a few blog updates along the way, sharing what we’re buying, how we’re preparing, pregnancy details, but then again… there’s no promises and we all know I’m useless at blogging!

Until the next time…

Sustainable Living - Carrier bags

A few blogs ago I promised to share my favourite eco-friendly carrier bags. So here it is. Here's all the earthly goodness in my carrier bag wish list. But, before I begin, please tell me I'm not the only adult who puts shopping bags on their Christmas list?! 

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String bag - Package Free Shop

First up is this little beauty. Say goodbye to those pesky, plastic fruit & veg bags and say hello to the Package Free Shop's string bag. Who knew your trip to the store could be so fashionable?
The only downside? I can't find it in the UK so be prepared to pay those extra shipping costs. (cry)

 

 

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Paper Bucket - UASHMAMA

This is probably my all time favourite, it blows my mind. How can something as fragile as paper become so durable we can use it as a bag?! Maybe one day I'll my very own UASHMAMA bag and let you all know!
Until then, I'll be dreaming of carting shopping home in this Italian luxury.

 

 

 

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Jute Bag - Ian Snow

It's back to my favourite store, Ian Snow, for our next bag. While this one may seem too fancy for the weekly shop, who's stopping you? Maybe your food will taste better in a consciously bought bag? Maybe you'll meet the love of your life down the cereal isle? Maybe we'll never know until we buy the bag.
This one is on the Christmas list for sure.

 

 

 

 

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Refresh & Reboot Cotton Shopper Bag - Paperchase

Finally, I love this one. I love it for the slogan. It's true we all have baggage, but by using single use carriers we're making our baggage the planets baggage and that's not ok.
This one is high up on my wish list mainly because it's affordable and everyone loves affordable.

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Two blog posts in two days?! What a treat...
P.P.S. Yes I really have started my Christmas list already.

Winter meet Spring - photo diary

Hello again. Guilty as charged, I forgot my blog. Again.

So let's catch up. This past month has been a crazy one. The sun has been trying to shine, April showers are forever lurking in the distance and the wild western winds are blowing away our winter cobwebs. But through all the uncertain season changes, life must go on, and here's what I've been up to.

 

 Ryan's mum has recently visited our island home. The visit was during a sunny week so we hit the beaches. All the beaches. All the days.

Ryan's mum has recently visited our island home. The visit was during a sunny week so we hit the beaches. All the beaches. All the days.

 One of my favourite walking buddies, Ailsa (Ryan's cousin), was home from uni so we headed to the farm.

One of my favourite walking buddies, Ailsa (Ryan's cousin), was home from uni so we headed to the farm.

 My new favourite beach, I've walked here a lot over the past month and it never disappoints. This visit was in good company, good weather and made for good memories. 

My new favourite beach, I've walked here a lot over the past month and it never disappoints. This visit was in good company, good weather and made for good memories. 

 You're never too old. Climb 'em and climb 'em high (or to the first branch if your name is Rhianna). We stumbled across this mighty tree on a dog walk and spent a while just hanging around. 

You're never too old. Climb 'em and climb 'em high (or to the first branch if your name is Rhianna). We stumbled across this mighty tree on a dog walk and spent a while just hanging around. 

 Our first swim of 2018. The water may be cold but the first hints of sunshine got us too excited. 

Our first swim of 2018. The water may be cold but the first hints of sunshine got us too excited. 

 I wasn't planning on photographing this beautiful lady. I headed out in search of deer, but didn't find any, then she crossed my path and stood her ground. 

I wasn't planning on photographing this beautiful lady. I headed out in search of deer, but didn't find any, then she crossed my path and stood her ground. 

 It would seem I'm always at the beach lately. But, who wouldn't be when the sun is shining?! The dogs may or may not like being thrown in... 

It would seem I'm always at the beach lately. But, who wouldn't be when the sun is shining?! The dogs may or may not like being thrown in... 

  Ryan's mum and Trigger are best friends, she puppy-sat for us when he was a babe and even though we don't see her often, I know Trigger loves to have her around!

 Ryan's mum and Trigger are best friends, she puppy-sat for us when he was a babe and even though we don't see her often, I know Trigger loves to have her around!

 Being outside a lot over the last month has had its perks. I found my Prince.

Being outside a lot over the last month has had its perks. I found my Prince.

Earth Hour 2018

At 8.30pm on the 24th March 2018 Bowmore went dark. Now, some readers may be thinking this is nothing unusual, Islay is prone to the odd powercut, but this time the outage was different. It was intentional. 

This particular, hour long, blackout was in support of WWF's Earth Hour and my first attempt at organising a community event. After approaching A&B Council we were able to switch off every streetlight in Bowmore, joining millions around the world in this global grassroots movement. 

After following Earth Hour for many years, I felt compelled to do something more. Take my efforts beyond my own home. Most importantly, I felt the need to raise awareness. Remind people of how fragile nature can be, but also how easy it is to make change happen. 

The biggest change for Islay's Earth Hour was seen in the sky. I find it interesting how streetlights are designed to light up the darkness, keep us safe, but really they only hide the nights natural beauty and teach us to fear the dark. 

As the late Stephen Hawking said; 

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seen, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."

We can all learn and grow if we simply listen, look and feel our beautiful Earth. Not just for Earth Hour but each and everyday.

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Many thanks to the support of Argyll & Bute Council, Bowmore Co-op, Iain Woodrow electrical, Linsay & Rhona Mac Arthur, RBS and 1st Islay Scouts.