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Change the World Wednesday – 6th Aug

My goiaba (guava tree) is guavaring like crazy. Two, three or four fruit are ready for the plucking daily.

Guava in my kitchen at the moment

Guava in my kitchen at the moment

Unfortunately, they’re nearly at an end, but spring is coming.

In my Monday post Monday Moaning I complained about the insidious invasion of whiteware that is spying on you.  In comments Lois mentioned washboards.

I use a type of washboard typical in areas de servico (laundry) in Brazil. O tanque (washing tub) with a built in wash board.

Tanque de lavar roupas

Tanque de lavar roupas

I don’t have a washing machine. As I said to Lois, washboards don’t tell tales.

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On with this week’s CTWW.


This week take a look at your clothing and fix anything which needs repair. This might include darning a sock, sewing up a rip, or replacing a lost button. Perhaps a shoe’s sole needs to be glued or a shoe lace needs to be replaced. The idea, this week, is to repair an item of clothing to extend its life.


OR …

If this is something which you regularly do, please offer tips and ideas for extending the life of clothing. This can include mending, laundering, or even buying for longevity.


Yes, this is something I already do.

I have posted about this myself, sometime back. Actually, it was more recent than I thought. Check out this Monday Moaning on consumerism.

Here’s my tip:

A few months ago one of my flip flops flopped. It was a left, which left me with a right. I had done the right thing some time back and saved a left, so I had a good left and a good right, although they were odd… Are you still with me?

Any way, I used my odd pair for more than four months, even after the odd left lost a bit at the heel.  Finally the right took a dive as well and they eventually looked like this…


Ready to meet their maker

Yes, I finally realised that the left and right had gone, the right thing to do was buy a new pair with a good left and right and behave like a normal person again.

The story doesn’t end there. I put them out with my recycle rubbish; hopefully at the recycle depot the material can be recycled; I don’t know.

The long winded point I am making, and the statement I made to my neighbours, who all know I am an eccentric foreigner, is that you can extend the life of two pairs of flip flops by almost the life of a single pair. Just by hanging on to an old flopped flip flop.

If you have two lefts or two rights, sorry, have to wait for next time.

I wore the odd pair locally, to the supermarket, to town… Pride? I don’t give a shit, I was doing my little bit.

The best part about the exercise was they were a talking point, they got noticed, they got people talking and discussing about my green ideas and efforts. They were a teaching aid.


Change the World Wednesday – 29th Jan

I proudly present, my first goiaba

I proudly present, my first goiaba

We are still in the midst of a hot spell, which makes today’s challenge more of a challenge.

First up, my goiabeira (guava tree) has produced its first ripe goiaba (guava).

It’s a bit grotty looking, but what do you expect after falling from high and bouncing through branches before landing on the concrete?

Bit late getting on the go this morning, I had an early morning walk to the dentist, then back again, by that time I was ready for my customary nap.

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On with this week’s CTWW challenge!

Pertinent to both the northern and southern hemispheres for the appropriate cold and hot climates.


This week, turn down your thermostat by 1 or 2 degrees. That’s 1 or 2 degrees lower than where you’ve had it during this cold season. If you get chilly, put on extra layers of clothing, cuddle under a blanket or exercise.


OR …

If it’s warm/hot where you’re at, turn the thermostat up by 1 or 2 degrees.


OR …

If you don’t use a thermostat to control your home’s temperature, please share the ways in which you keep comfortable.

The first part doesn’t apply here, as I said we are in the middle of a heat wave with temps broaching  and going over the 40ºC (1o6ºF). So far we have suffered (I say suffer, because beer isn’t always at hand) this for nine weeks with only one welcome storm about three weeks ago. One welcome addition to the botequim (bar next door) is an express ice cream machine, which helps on a sweaty evening.

I don’t have a thermostat, so I enter at the bottom level.


Drawing in the cooler night air

I have two fans, one in the living room and the other in the bedroom. Both are new and have an ‘A’ rating for power usage, and both have a dial speed control. The fan in the living room is only on when I watch TV, because in the evening the house is like a hot/glass house and it is on high mostly drawing in the cooler night air from the open window.

The other is used between my PC desk and bed. I keep the speed commensurate with the temp. It is on most of the time which is necessary for a night’s sleep. I do switch it off if I am out in the garden or off to work.

In addition to the fans, I wear less clothing around the house. I live alone and have few visitors, so underpants are the uniform of the day. Often having a brief show to get wet all over, and sitting under the fans. Principles of refrigeration.

My new fridge makes ice well, and I am constantly drinking chilled tap water, and I make slushies/smoothies during the day as well. Today will be a mamão (papaya) slushie. Does serious damage to the frontal lobe and cortex, but so wonderful.

icebrahmaA visit to the botequim in the early evening for a cool beer also helps on days with no class.

Ah, don’t panic, I do put on my shorts, don’t want to scare the natives. But no T-shirts are the order of dress at the bar.

So that’s how we do it in Brazil.

See you next week.

Change the World Wednesday – 15th Jan

At least this week I got the day right.

Only a week to go until Small returns from the gloom of her hiatus.

I’m not doing a challenge this week, because Living Simply Free already has one. So hope over there and have a look.

I’ll leave you with a photo of some goiaba (guava) growing on my tree. I don’t have much hope for them because they are over the fence on the street side and will probably fall victim to the local kids, good luck to them.


They’re pretty small still, but they are there; and there’s a lot more growing since this photo.



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