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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!

Meet Memorial Rock August 3, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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What do you do with an 8.5 million-pound boulder that crashes down a mountainside, digs a trench across a highway, and stops in the middle of on-coming traffic?

Nope.  You do NOT blow it to smithereens.

Instead, you give it a name, escalating it to landmark status and creating a tourist attraction even better than a giant ball of rubber bands!

And, if your new landmark is located in the middle of a highway, you reroute the road, saving $200K in the process.

Meet Memorial Rock:

Colorado Highway Rocked By 8.5 Million-Pound Boulder’s Crash Landing

Aah . . . that’s a bold boulder!

Plastics & Pollution January 3, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Less IS More, Sustainable Living.
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We need to do more to protect our oceans and marine life from plastic.

Right now, the Great Pacific Plastic Patch is twice the size of Texas.  When plastic degrades, it leaches carcinogens and other toxins into the water which then enter the human food chain when consumed by sea life (including sushi).

If you’ve decided to cut back on your reliance on plastic, here are a few tips to consider:

*Stop using disposable plastics, including straws and plastic cutlery.  If you use them, wash and re-use them.

*Take reusable shopping bags to the grocery store.  Plastic bags top the list of ocean debris and can last for centuries.

*Recycle plastics whenever possible – follow your recycling guidelines.

*When dining out, bring foil or containers for leftovers and stainless steel straws for your beverages.

*Buy from manufacturers who package products in sustainable containers.  Encourage other manufacturers to follow their lead.

*Purchase clothing and household lines from natural and sustainable fibers, including bamboo.

*Learn more at plastic-pollution.org ~> spread the word!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

The Return of the Panther? September 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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This video captures some amazing footage of the Florida Panther, including an unexpected encounter with a volunteer on the boardwalk in Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary:

It also highlights the benefits of preserving the panther and its habitat for future generations.

To learn more:  The Florida Panther

Aah . . . that’s better!

Look What Santa Brought Me! December 27, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance, Sustainable Living.
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Santa is an environmentally friendly dude ~ among other things, he flies around with “low emission” reindeer fueled with carrots and cookies instead of gasoline.

And, when asked, he delivers low flow toilets for “kids” on his “Nice” list . . . like me and BFF!

He even installed it for us!

Aah . . . that’s better!