Speaking of anxieties have you ever noticed how it is that when a topic takes your eye you come across it over and over again? Last week I watched a programme about consumerism The Men Who Made Us Spend and was shocked at the number of mobile phones that were shown being thrown away as consumers rush to get the latest and newest version. That people would be prepared to queue for 18+ hours just to be first with the latest version strikes me as crazy but then as you know I am a bit of a technological Luddite.
Then I picked up this leaflet in the local farm shop mainly because I liked the illustrations but it seemed that the actual magazine was on a similar topic but looked at from a different view.
In the Waitrose Weekend freebie on Friday I came across this article in which Kate humble is talking about the Barefoot Wine Beach Clean-ups in which she tells of the incredible number of cotton bud sticks which litter the beaches causing death to wildlife it seems people toss them down the toilet and they then end up in the sea - I was reminded of the walk I did along Chesil Beach after last winter's storms and how shocked I was at the amount of plastic in particular the number of disposable plastic lighters there were strewn along the beach.
Having read this post on Leanne's blog Tales of Simple Days I also noticed this little video in her side bar and was drawn to watch it and left almost in tears. I urge you to take a look.
All of the above made me wonder - are there any answers to the dreadful problems which beset our beautiful world? It's not only the environment, there's the sweatshops where cheap clothing for the Western world is produced to be worn a few times and then disposed of, the wars which take place round the world and the mindless destruction of innocent people as in the Malaysian air disaster and......... Does anything I can do make any difference? I remember as a child being taught that we must always strive to do the right thing but that doing the right thing might not be easy. I think the more difficult thing is knowing what is the right thing. I think we must believe that if enough of us do what we feel to be right things will one day improve - if it's not too late.
Now on a totally different topic: Books
Here is my current non-fiction selection from the library. I have enjoyed the Amazing Spaces book and wonder if it is something innate in most of us to want to make a den or small place in which to live or spend time. I'd sometimes love to run away to a small place where I could live the simple life ... or would I? The Slice of Britain is a novel idea in which the author takes a tour round Britain sampling the various regional cakes and biscuits and idea she had when she noticed that she could have any number of foreign delicacies with her daily coffee from the local coffee shop but where were the traditional British cakes? I haven't read it yet but it looks promising. You will see I have got hold of a book about the Elmhirsts of Dartington as I was so fascinated with the whole place when I visited Dartington Hall and I now know what the tapestries in the Great Hall were inspired by - you might remember my photos had light reflections obscuring the information I wanted. I am loving the bottom book in the pile which is Angie Lewins Plants and Places I adore her illustrations and feel inspired to translate some of her designs into textiles, embroidery or patchwork or something. All those umbellifers call to me! I haven't yet returned the Slow Devon book as I am still wondering about making a September BBB trip!
Better stop waffling on now hope I haven't bored you too much? Thank you for all your comments on my previous posts.