Posts Tagged ‘new year’

Whoooosh…..And there goes another year. Three weeks ago, 2016 sauntered right in and made itself at home while my head is still entertaining 2015. Time is a strange thing. It has absolutely no regard for my preferred pace of life. Marching along steadily, refusing to wait for me as I ramble off-course. If Time were not so regimented and I not so easily distracted, we might make better friends. Meanwhile, we put up with each other’s shortcomings and carry on regardless. As with any fractious relationship, a little venting eases the irritation. And what better bugbear to start with, than this very blog.

At the beginning, Time left lots of room for blogging. But the novelty lost it’s sheen somewhat when everyday stuff demanded attention. Other activities got priority and Time refused to wait for me to catch up. Time does not tolerate excuses. He is well known for forging ahead regardless. I have noticed that the more activities I plan to cram into each day the more indifferent Time becomes. So perhaps I need to narrow my focus to only include the activities that mean the most to me and allocate a realistic amount of energy to them.

Blogging is most definitely among my favourite activities. I’ve selected a few favourite images from 2015. A look back through the year helps me mend my relationship with Time and be more forgiving. After all it has been a great year! It also helps me reflect on what activities are closest to my heart.


I love the treasures that foraging brings, the act of gathering food from the hedgerows is such a delight. Thinking up new ways to use my bounty is so much fun! Home remedies, food, cosmetics…the list is endless. I’ll never tire of learning and exploring more about the natural world and as for making things by hand- it’s the perfect antidote for someone who spends too much time pushing pixels around a screen for a living.


Our new veggie patch of raised beds was a great success this year and for a few months we just ate what came out of the garden. That gave us a great sense of satisfaction with the added bonus of great-tasting, chemical-free, fresh ingredients.

If there are any fitting subjects that you would like me to cover here on Green Jam Jar please let me know. I like to think there are folk getting something out of my monthly musings – other than the other end of therapeutic venting! (But therapeutic venting alone is good enough!)  So, with your help, and that of my old pal time, Time, let’s take Green Jam Jar into 2016!

Happy New Year to you all! Make it the year to follow your heart.

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Well, what a year that’s been! We have been thrown plenty of challenges to keep us on our toes. As a result the last 12 months have just flown by with my blogging falling a bit by the wayside (I plan to remedy that). We tackled a leaky heating system which saw our wooden floors come up and, following a bit of plumbing, go back down. We then sold the Mutter-in-law’s home and built her a self-contained flat adjoining our house. All in all it’s been a roller coaster ride that we are quite happy to step off – a bit shaken but immensely proud of our staying power.

Z and his mother had a lot of letting-go to contend with; a beloved house on a unique site and the whittling down cherished possessions to a chosen few. The general building bugbears of manhandling large pieces of furniture, juggling finances and never being able to leave the house because of the slim possibility of a passing tradesman pale in comparison to the emotional aftermath. While the construction work and the logistics of moving are behind us we still have many, many cardboard boxes filled with “stuff” to deal with. It pains me to consign unwanted (uncompostable) objects to the dump where it will be dug into the ground for eternity. So what’s the alternative? To find a new use or owner for each item…..I will definitely try my best. Suggestions are welcome…..c’mon folk help me out!

The whole process has me thinking about how we operate as consumers. Usually without a thought for where the product we are buying will end it’s useful life. I’m not suggesting that that we stop consuming but can our purses encourage manufacturers to produce items and packaging that are biodegradable and/or compostable? Even if items were produced from recycled materials and were suitable to be re-recycled at the end of their life it would greatly reduce landfill. It is up to us to make choices that will push industries to consider these options.  Last year I took the “Love What you Wear Challenge” and I didn’t buy any new clothes for the whole year- only second hand garments, handmade clothes and upcycling allowed. While I didn’t actually manage to create any pieces I did keep to the challenge and plan to keep to it for another year. This time I’m cranking it up a notch and dusting off the sewing machine.  Note to friends: please organise an intervention if I end up looking like Worzel Gummidge‘s first cousin……

So yeah, Happy New Year to y’all!

Best wishes for all that you do in 2014

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Rosslare Burrow, Co WexfordIt’s day one of a bright new shiny year. Representing a clean slate and the possibility of the start of a better way of life. One with more joy, contentment and fulfillment. We resolve to let go of our bad habits and adopt healthier, more altruistic and time effective ways of getting through everyday. It’s a good feeling to know that we have this power to change and ..boy, do we! But be kind to yourself. It’s far better to change something small than to overestimate your limits and be simmering with self loathing by March having long thrown the towel in. Make small changes in your life that make you happy. If you do only one thing this new year resolve to make time for that things that bring you happiness, I mean real deep down contentment- not fleeting excitement, and the rest will fall into place. For me that happiness comes from living a hands-on, creative life, connected with the natural world. Taking the time to leave my computer monitor to tend the garden, walk the sea shore, experience birdsong, the breeze on my face and the smell of gorse flowers. These are all perfectly achievable and more productive to my wellbeing than the cyber dawdling I so frequently get drawn into. So my resolution will be to dedicate more hours a week to outdoorsy pursuits. If you don’t know what makes you happy resolve to make 2013 the year you find out.

If you are reading this the chances are that your green conscience has already been pricked. So what have you resolved to change this year? If we all change something small for the better of the environment, our combined effort will have noticeable results. No matter how meagre that promise is, whether to recycle more, buy more local produce, reduce your use of chemicals, take up knitting…. I guarantee it all makes a difference. As I write this the sun is warming my back, luring me outside. Starting as I mean to go on I will finish up my ramblings here but before I go I wish you and yours a very happy 2013!

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