Monday, 29 September 2014

They, We, Them and Us.

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When your earned income dictates that you fall below the Government’s definition of poverty, it can get really frustrating!

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Blog post can be found HERE: They, We, Them and Us.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Carbon Footprints and Planting Trees

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Today I calculated the household's carbon footprint at 3.5 tonnes per year. (This is a big reduction on previous years and is well under half of the national average, but more than the ideal global average.)

I then proceeded to calculate how many trees we need to plant to offset that. Averages suggest one native broadleaf tree per tonne of CO2 per year, so I'm making an effort to catch up over my own lifetime. Are you?

Find out how to calculate your own carbon footprint then if you haven’t space to plant your own trees, we can plant them for you.

Find out more about our Frugaldom wilderness and woodland project HERE

Monday, 15 September 2014

More Simple Savings in September

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Into week three of our 'Simple Savings in September' Challenge and the courgettes are still growing - fabulous plants that just keep on giving more and more - I cook them in everything at this time of year, even omelettes and chocolate cake.

Having already begun setting up the project and welcoming various visitors, my thoughts are continually wandering over there, plotting and planning the overall lay-out and design of what will become a horticultural farm or smallholding with its own nature reserve. It has to be self-sustainable, in keeping with the frugal living ethos and with open access to allow our members the opportunity to become a part of it. The first plantings have been done but with all these … read more here

More Simple Savings in September

Friday, 12 September 2014

Simple Savings in September – Garden Foraging

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Foraging is frugal fun whether done in your own back garden or along the roadsides and through the local woodlands. Today’s post is about garden foraging at Thrift Cottage and picking the last of the home grown produce as part of our Simple Savings in September challenge.

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You don’t need a garden to grow or harvest your own food. Check out the photo blog and… read more here

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Frugaldom Project

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The latest Frugaldom Project officially came into being on 8th July, 2014. This can be thought of as a 'members go free' virtual eco tour where you can experience Frugaldom for yourself, watch it develop from it's absolute beginnings and contribute or take part whenever you like.

Frugaldom is also in the process of becoming a self-sustainable land project in southwest Scotland, where we are creating a foraging woodland, willow plantation, allotment style food and herb growing project, marshland gardens, wildlife habitats & outdoor eco art exhibition with open access - it is frugal freedom for all to enjoy!

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Read all about the new Frugaldom Project HERE and then decide how best you can make the most of being a part of this fabulous opportunity to enjoy frugal freedom for yourself, as part of our virtual community.