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Our Adoptees August 7, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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Every Spring, when the snowbirds leave for parts North, we are offered plants from their gardens, which we happily adopt.

Case in point:  this century plant with sharp spear-like points ~> a lethal beauty.

This colorful bromeliad enjoys hanging around our shady palm tree and teeny tiny tree frogs like splashing around in its mini swimming pools of water.

Our newest addition ~ this Norfolk Pine.  Norfolk Pines are tropical plants and (like me) cannot tolerate temperatures below 35 degrees F. (1 C.).

Although it’s not an actual pine, we may decorate it with twinkling lights for the holidays.

Aah . . . that’s de-light-full!

Become A Scottish Lord Or Lady July 23, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Less IS More, Sustainable Living.
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Do ye have a wee hankering for a title to land in the Scottish Highlands?

Land that comes with a title?

Well, you are in luck!  For a wee remittance, you can attain title to a title while helping to conserve the Highland Titles Nature Reserve.

And you’ll become a Lord, Lady, or Laird of Glencoe in the process . . . with a certificate to prove it to any naysayers!

For a few of the enticing details:

Finding your plot:

For some nice views:

What you get in your welcome packet:

Aah . . . that’s it, milord!

Escape Hatch July 11, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Sustainable Living.
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Last Spring, just as Covid was shutting things down, we ordered lumber for a new deck, which BFF constructed with due care.

Because our deck is set back from the lagoon, we have a rocky coastline beneath us.

In case of fire, I decided I didn’t want to have to climb over the railing before dropping to the jagged rocks below.

So I asked BFF to build me an Escape Hatch . . . for emergency evacuations.

With one upward pull, an opening in the railing wide enough to squeeze through appears.

Allowing anyone in residence to SIT on the deck and drop GENTLY to the rocks below.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

There Is No Planet B June 11, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is asking for public comments by June 14 to help draft rules requiring consistent climate disclosures by all publicly traded companies.   

This rule is crucial to ensuring that all investors, communities, and consumers have the information they need to determine if these companies are reporting out accurately on their climate impacts, risks, and steps for addressing their impacts.

Tell SEC: Yes to robust rules on corporate climate disclosures

Enough consumers are now voting with their wallets that manufacturers are starting to make “green” claims for their products, networks are airing “green” shows, and movie producers are bragging when they make a film with a zero carbon footprint.

It’s a start.

Perhaps people will finally find it chic to “go green.”

After all, “What good is a house, if you haven’t got a decent planet to put it on?” ~  Henry David Thoreau

Mount Ascutney, Vermont September 23, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, People, Sustainable Living, Travel & Leisure.
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I’ve never skied Mt. Ascutney (no big surprise, right?), but I’ve hiked it in the summer.

Many times.

Here’s how the town of Windsor (next town over from where Dad grew up), saved the mountain’s accessibility for the community.

Aah . . . that’s better!

It’s Spring! April 2, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Happiness, Sustainable Living.
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Tired of thinking about the pandemic, quarantines, and TP that is MIA?

Enjoy a few Spring Smiles!

Aah . . . that’s better!

More from Colonial Williamsburg:  Welcome, Lambs!

In The Days Before E-Bay January 27, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Sustainable Living.
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My first apartment was a 2 bedroom sub-let from a friend in high school.

I rented it sight unseen without meeting my roommate-to-be or seeing the puke green shag carpet or the roach motel in the kitchen.

I paid $100 for the furniture my friend wasn’t interested in taking with her ~ a bed, a dresser, a built in “desk” made from a 2 foot section of kitchen counter, a threadbare sofa, a stained armchair, a coffee table with 3 faux marble insets (one cracked), and ample cinderblocks that could be used to build end tables, bookshelves, etc.

Come to think of it, the furniture was free ~ I paid $100 for the curtains! 😀

Aah . . . the Good Old Days!

Raised Bed Gardens November 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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As we age, bending over to plant flowers or pull weeds becomes more challenging.

Instead of bending down to the garden, put the garden on stilts.

These raised bed gardens from the Bishop Museum demonstrate a wide variety of plantings benefitting from elevated germination.

I just wish they were in my backyard!

You can see more container gardens in the background of this shot.

And for the cacti lover in you, here’s a little zen garden for you.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do The Funky Chicken! November 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Humor, Sustainable Living.
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On a recent trip to Sarasota, we swung by Sarasota Architectural Salvage.

We saw Porky Pigs, Funky Chickens, and Randy Roosters.

And Pink Flamingos and Proud Peacocks.

And a Perky Pelican!

My guess?  The owner enjoys imaginatively-created creatures.

Aah . . . that’s funky!

Flygskam & Tagskryt August 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Sustainable Living, Travel & Leisure.
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Spurred by global warming, more and more travelers are spurning plane travel to ride the rails.  The savings in carbon emissions is considerable:

This is the season of flygskam, or “flight shame.” You don’t have to be Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist who recently announced plans to sail to New York in August, to recognize that a growing number of Europeans eager to reduce their carbon footprint are opting to limit air travel in favor of more environmentally-friendly means of transportation.

Significant enough that even airlines are taking note, flygskam–and its counterpart tagskryt, or train-bragging—is encouraging both European governments and private rail companies to consider investing in the return of long-distance night trains. But the revival of a form of transport that has long seemed consigned to the pages of Agatha Christie novels poses significant obstacles of its own.

Flygskam as a concept started in Sweden and is now taking off in the states:

The idea that acting responsibly entails flying less is even spreading to the United States. A jet propulsion scientist at NASA started No Fly Climate Sci in 2017 as a platform for earth scientists who wanted to make public commitments to reducing their carbon footprints. Kim Cobb was one of the scientists to sign up.

A few years ago, [Cobb’s] research into the large-scale destruction of reefs prompted the professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech University to examine her own carbon footprint a few years ago. “I was gobsmacked at how large a portion—85%—was locked in from flying, mostly for professional meetings and conferences, and, some for field research. As a scientist, I couldn’t unsee those numbers.”

In 2018, Cobb managed to cut her flight miles by 75%, going from an average of 125,000-plus a year, to 25,000 or 30,000.

To read more:

In Europe, the Movement to Give Up Air Travel Is Taking Off. Could the U.S. Be Next?

Aah . . . that’s better!