Money can’t buy happiness

Tonight on Channel 5 at 9 o´clock  it´s time for a new episode of  “Rich House Poor House” where two families swap houses and lives for a week – to see how the other half live !!

A related article in The Telegraph, which quoted a survey on what makes people happy, found that those of us “not” living the dream of wealth  and status are actually happier and less stressed than those living the high life.   Interesting questions raised and a few surprises, so check it out tonight.

If, like me, you are not a UK resident, you can see this programme on

Here´s a link to the article:



D for DONATE not dump


I have just finished watching this three-part series following Mary Portus´s project to re-rejuvenate a second-hand store in Kent for the charity Save the Children.  She was given 5 months and it was really tough going.  The majority of the staff, all volunteers were over 70 years of age, were used to doing things their own way.  However with takings down some drastic steps were needed and Mary certainly did that and much more.  I love second-hand, goodwill and vintage stores.  I also love the fact that you are supporting charities as well as reducing your environmental impact  win win !

This is definitely worth watching, you get to see the reality of these shops and what challenges they have to face.   So instead of dumping things either at the second-hand store or into landfill – DONATE. !!


Back to the Land

On the theme of living a simpler life you would think that  a move to the country would do just that, however as Kate Humble and others discover its not all plain sailing.  This is a fascinating look at country life in all parts of Britain and the entrepreneurial people who call it their home.

A must watch series from the BBC for all those who love cooking, creative skills, farming, gardening and much more.  I loved it and will have to tune in every week via

Here is some more information and clips from other episodes.


A refreshing “down to earth” blog

Todays blog tip :-

This refreshing blog by Rhonda Hetzel who has written the books “Down to Earth”  and “the simple life” is now one of my favourites. She chose to retire early and lives well on less saying that her days are “enriching, productive and meaningful”.  I wonder how many of us can say the same thing !



Zero Impact

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I am afraid this clip is for  those who can speak Swedish – sorry !! the Swedish tv channel “UR” have a very good series called “Zero Impact” where families from all walks of life evaluate and re-evaluate their lifestyles in order to come down to the recommended koldioxid levels from the United Nations. In this episode the Ohlsson Fleetwood were given 30 days to reduce their waste.  They travel to Ghana where a lot our electronic waste is illegally dumped and is  destroying lives and the environment.  Some of their experiences I can relate to including buying unnecessary electronic “stuff” that is very “in” but ends up in a cupboard.  The other is flying and transport – this family flew 8 times in one year which brought their koldioxid levels to extreme levels.




BBCs Insight


There is a lot of discussion on the TV about how our lifestyle needs to change if we are going to live a sustainable life on this planet. I think this clip is very thought provoking and gives us some hope.  There are many countries who have succeeded where we have failed.  I am trying in my own small way to reduce and re-use and thinking outside the box.   It’s not only good for the environment it’s also good for our wallet !





Zero Waste Challenge


January and February have been  hectic  with school start, work and all-go on the home front however I had to have a go at this tip from Bea Johnssons blog (

One of Beas golden rules is to ROT, (the others being Refuse, Recycle and Reduce).  The idea is simple by keeping all food scraps and other composable matter from landfill you will also be  providing your family with compost for our garden –  win-win.

So how did it go in reality ! –

I bought this £6 pot so we could put all our food scraps in .  After one week this little pot was already full and beginning to smell !!    As it is still winter in Sweden and as I  haven´t bought a larger garden compost barrel yet there were only two options, one of which wasn´t feasible ie store waste in the freezer the other being throw it away with the rest of our rubbish.  Unfortunately as our freezer was packed full (as usual) my pot of food scraps ended up in the rubbish bin.  However I did learn some important lessons.  I haven´t given up.  I am going to get a food recycling bin from our local council as a short turn soluation before buying our own compost bin.  I think that it is a little compromise however at least the food waste gets to rot and become bio-gas to fuel our buses instead of ending up in the ground.  I will keep you posted on my progress…