When the Smoke Clears

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Angie greets the day early; nervous butterflies tickle her very being. She loves to challenge her prejudices. The possibility of opening her mind energises her as she wraps the oversized dressing gown around her taught waist and whispers in her child’s ear, “It’s time to get up darling. We have a special day. Please wear something culturally appropriate.”  Continue reading When the Smoke Clears

Undercover Plastic Detective

Undercover Plastic Detective

I love the ocean. This love is expressed through my underwater photography and amateur freediving (holding my breath while swimming underwater). Back on dry land I am also a busy mother and ‘everyday consumer’.  Each time I filled my supermarket trolley with the weekly groceries for my family, a few questions haunted me. Continue reading Undercover Plastic Detective

Blood in the Water

Photograph of me with my two new friends. I can be seen in the left of the image.
Photograph taken by my partner of me (far left) with my two new friends.

Social Media: Does it bring us together, drive us apart or leave us more isolated?

I almost died this week. No, I’m not exaggerating and I’m still checking myself hourly to make sure I can see, think and speak clearly. Continue reading Blood in the Water

Triggering a Change

Chicken wings in a re-usable container? Madness!
Chicken wings in a re-usable container? Madness!

This could be the most important photo you see all year!

My heart was pounding and I hid under my hat like a criminal who was planning to commit a crime as I waited for the queue to disperse in front of the deli counter in a supermarket.

When it was all clear, I chose an employee who looked kind and competent and gingerly asked if I could buy 2 kilos of uncooked chicken wings and have them put straight into my re-usable container. The lady behind the counter looked startled and said she had to ask the manager, she returned a few minutes later saying it was OK.

She set the scales to deduct the weight of the container and stuck the barcode sticker straight onto the outside of my re-usable plastic container, which I then scanned at the self-serve terminal.

I feel like I have just changed the world. Stay tuned for more plastic reduction updates.

Freak

Three baby mice found and photographed by the author.
Three baby mice found and photographed by the author.

Today, I found the time to tend to my garden bed, which had become a little derelict since the peas finished a few months ago. Life just got away from me, photographing, holidaying, writing, attending seminars and a host of children’s commitments had kept me very busy. Continue reading Freak