My three SmallSteps from last Monday were:
1) to CheckTheLabel and BuyBritish whenever possible
2) to ShopLocal and spend at least £5 each week in independent local shops
3) to eat healthily and walk or cycle short distances
So how did I do?
|Veg and eggs on Westham High Street|
2) I bought JustACard from each of two independent Hailsham shops - Special Occasions (£1.75) and Dippy Doodahs (£1.50) - and had a refreshing £2.50 pot of mint tea at Chapter 12. Then in Westham, Sophie at Regal Hair And Beauty did an amazing job of cutting my neglected tresses into a neat bob (£20 + tip) and I bought eggs from a cute little wooden stand outside Myrtle Cottage (£1.20 for 6). We dined at The Six Bells in Chiddingly for £33 including drinks.
3) I walked to the hairdresser, and twice to Westham Post Office, plus Dave and I cycled into Hailsham to drop off a prescription. The healthy eating did take a hit with my sharing a six pack of Mr Kipling's Cherry Bakewells, but at least they were baked in Britain!
So for this first week, we racked up a £59.95 ShopLocal spend and all journeys less than two miles were either cycled or walked. Yay us!
I had a big BuyBritish fail when it came to replacing our expired toaster though. I read through the great resource that is the British Family website - they are attempting to live entirely by buying British - and discovered two British manufactured toaster brands, Dualit and Rowlett Rutland. (This interesting post on UKMade explains why there is such little choice.) Neither were suitable however, partly due to 'How Much?', but mostly because all their actually-made-in-Britain models are too powerful. Living in a caravan restricts us to not wanting more than about an 800w toaster or we would frequently blow up campsite electrics! Ironically, an environmental EU ruling restricting high powered toasters and kettles had been delayed due to fears that Brits wouldn't accept it. It is now probably going ahead, but without us.
|Russell Hobbs Futura toaster|
So that's my week. Politically and nationally I am still very worried for our future, disappointed by our leaders' incompetence and disgusted by reported xenophobic attacks across the UK. This is not how I see my country. Personally, I have a more positive outlook and having this project has certainly focused my mind.
If you are trying similar life changes, let me know what you are doing and how it is working out. @DaddioClarke tweeted to tell me about Macknade Fine Foods - 'the South-East’s leading food hall, built on a 170 year history of food, farming and retailing in Faversham' - and apparently well worth supporting for locals or as part of a visit to the town. Macknade has an incredible array of food and drink from fine foods to daily essentials, much of which is locally produced. Their website certainly does make it look very enticing!