Change the World Wednesday – 6th Nov

digitallateRunning late again, it has not been a good day. Read Well, Bugger Me! to find out why.

Nothing really to add to last week’s post, and not much has happened since then.

Although this week is not a beefless week, I had a wonderful pork leg chop the size of a dinner plate for a BBQ lunch at home, BBQed the potatoes in their jackets as well.

Let’s get on with this week’s CTWW.

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This week invite someone to join you in a green activity. Need some ideas? Invite a friend to go for a walk … and perhaps pick up litter as you go. Ask a family member to help you plan and cook a meatless meal. Swap clothes, tools, books, etc., with a neighbor. Start a “green club” with your friends and meet occasionally to share green tips and ideas. Host an Eco-friendly cleaning party at a friend’s home. Do laundry together … or join forces to rake up leaves. Be creative and have fun. The idea, here, is to share an experience so that a green activity which you care about will become important to someone else as well.


OR …

If sharing an activity isn’t really your thing, then please share your passion by writing a post about a favorite green activity.

I don’t really have friends whom I could invite for this type of activity, although when my kids are over for a BBQ, I do get them to help keep the area that we use in the park tidy, and see that we don’t leave any rubbish. They know full well, my views on litter, and do help. We tend to leave the area tidier than when we arrived.

So, I am going to affirm my passion for gardening and preserving produce; that would have to be my favourite green and healthy activity, albeit in modest proportions now that I don’t have a garden as such, just many buckets and paint tins with plants.

My best year was the first in this house. I had passion fruit growing up the side of my neighbour’s house.


With beautiful big fruit.


And lovely flowers.


I also had tomatoes.


Things like chili peppers and cayenne peppers get bottled in olive oil and I now have a pot with a healthy growth of parsley, which gets used often in the kitchen. Then there are my two goiaba (guava) trees, the acerola and pineapple.

My ‘garden’ isn’t big enough to grow beetroot, onions nor cabbage, but I buy them when they are cheap and pickle them as well.

So, yes, gardening and preserves would have to be my favourite green activity.

6 responses to this post.

  1. I absolutely love passionfruit. It looks like a bumper crop you’ve got there.



  2. Posted by smallftprints on November 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I’m with you … gardening is my favorite green activity. I’ve only recently started preserving food … growing up my mother put a lot of fear in our hearts about being anywhere near her preserving activities (she thought the pressure cooker would explode) … and she totally frightened me about botulism and things that could kill us if we preserved food in the wrong way. So I got a late start on the whole thing. But, better late than never and I’m now a preserving maniac. We’ve canned tomatoes and peaches, dried apples and all kinds of vegetables … even made my own veggie “bouillon” powder. Love the way you grow food in small spaces and preserve what you grow, AV! 🙂



    • >Small, I remember my mother’s warnings when she was bottling too; not about botulism, but explosions and scalds. You made me think about tomatoes, not to preserve them, but how to dry them; tomate seca are very popular here in Brazil. Your vege bouillon, is that like a stock?




      • Posted by smallftprints on November 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

        Hi AV … no, it’s not a stock. I took a variety of vegges that I got at the farmer’s market and thoroughly dried them. Then I used a coffee grinder to pulverize them. The result is a great powder that I can spoon into things. If I add water, it will be a stock, but I typically just add spoons of it into dishes. It’s got a great flavor. 🙂


      • You’ll have to do a post about how you dry the vegetables… I’m curious.



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