When we returned from Bath this time last week (boo hooo), there were a few parcels on my doorstep and these are the last two I have to blog about.
The first from The Organic Gardening Catalogue. Just the usual types of seeds for the year ahead, but I get them from here not so much because they are organic, but because they come from an independant British supplier. I was horrified to learn a while ago, that as much as 80% of the worlds seeds supplies are controlled by only 3 conglomerates, one of which is Monsanto who I refuse to have anything to do with if I can help it. Even seeds which appear to come from small businesses, are owned by large companies like Suttons and T&M - who's parent companies are one of the three seed supplying giants, and I have been un-inspired to fund these companies anymore by buying their seeds, often F1 hybrids which are not fertile. I could stand on my soap box for hours and hours about the badness of companies like Monsanto, their effects on the world, and their rapacious crimes against humanity, not least small indegenous farmers in third world countries, but instead I will recommend two books which disclose this problem in a far better and more eloquent rant than I could manage here. These books contain essays on all aspects of life and living, written from the viewpoint of a talented writer who is a woman like all of us, trying to run a household and raise a family as consciously and as honourably as life and times will allow. Her words are pragmatic, down-to-earth, funny and endearing. The first book is Small Wonder which I have mentioned before, and the second is Animal Vegetable Miracle. These are both treasures on my bookshelf which I refer to often.
My second parcel came from the wonderful Kitty, to say thankyou for the bible pages that I sent her. She saw this piece of printed fabric and thought of me. Can't imagine why!
I am going to make it into an apron for my soap making (this may help reduce my nerve panic when mixing lye). I might even sew some real tassles on! I am looking forward to 8 April when there is to be a Bloggery Picknick organised by Lucy Locket, only a few miles away from me at Millets Farm Centre . Kitty and lots more of my bloggy friends will be there. I've never been on a bloggy meet up before, and am quite shy really, so it will be very strange, but lovely to meet the real people behind the blogs I have enjoyed for so long!