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Don’t an idler be ….

Do you sit in your car and let the engine idle, while you’re waiting, for instance, outside school or in a traffic queue?

If so, switching you car off could be a no-brainer way to help the environment, not just from a worldwide point of view, but very much from a cleaner and healthier,  local air quality, point of view!

Outside most US schools, parents are advised to turn off their engines if waiting in their cars for their children.  It is said to significantly benefit the air quality for children with asthma, as well as promoting a better environment for the school children in general

It creates a cleaner air environment and less pollution outside schools .. It saves money and fuel .. and it cuts needless CO2 emissions (we have enough of these already)

The question of why you’re letting your car idle for a long time?  It’s bad for the environment to pump all those extra hydrocarbons into the atmosphere and you’re wasting precious, not to mention expensive gas. Give nature a break and turn it off.

But i want to listen to the radio? 

In truth, listening to a radio with the engine off will use barely use any battery life, even for over 30 mins (and who waits 30 mins?)  Even the aircon, can be run for around 20 minutes, without adverse affect and fans, if set to Eco mode (no cooling) can stay on for longer.  More significantly, idling for a regular periods, is wearing on the engine, regardless of the pollution it causes.   Most modern cars are built to be turned on and off as needed; hence the rise of Stop-Start technology to cut emissions; Significantly, one of the first major Stop-Start vehicles was VW’s Umwelt Golf from 1993!  So switching off you engine as a viable option is nothing new and not ‘harmful’ for older vehicles, it’s simple becoming more popular as we increasingly have to address the damage the combustion engine is doing to our planet’s atmosphere.

If you need further convincing … it will save you MONEY …

Lots of modern cars have what’s known as stop-start technology, which automatically shuts off the engine when the car is stationary to save fuel. If your car doesn’t have this feature, you can still make savings by turning off the ignition yourself.

An idling engine burns around 3.5 litres of fuel an hour so all the time we spend stuck in traffic, waiting at the lights or parked-up with our engines running can add up to a lot of fuel burned and a lot of CO2 released without actually going anywhere.

You can’t turn off your engine every time you come to a standstill but if the car is going to be motionless for more than around 15 seconds, you’ll probably save fuel by turning it off.

Do you bit towards the environment, by doing virtually nothing at all …


Please switch off your engine .. Your children (and the planet) will thank you .. and you’ll save money … *smile*

See …. 20 tips for Better Fuel Economy

Also, if you want to find out more about new Green car technology … See Which’s summary HERE

Look after the Bee’s ….

Bee’s have had a hard time over the last few years and Bee populations in general, have crashed over the last 80 years, especially the Bumblebee; due mainly to changes in farming practices and the scarcity of wildflowers

Bumblebees are mainly under threat because of changes to the countryside in the UK. Changes in agricultural techniques have meant that there are far fewer wildflowers in the landscape than there used to be, meaning that many of our bumblebee species are struggling to survive

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

See more about their work here …

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

To do our bit, all this week … Monday April 29th to Sunday May 6th .. we’re giving away a FREE UrbanBee SeedBOM with every order .. produced by SeedBOM in coordination with The London Honey Co. … The Urban BeeBOM contains a mix of Bee friendly, nectar rich wildflowers

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True Colours?

I was shocked by the results of a recent survey online by Karen Haller stating that 75% of UK households tend to favour magnolia colour schemes, rather than stamping their own personality or colour favs, on their homes, because they are primarily colours that others will love, be they neighbours, friends or even, prospective buyers … !

Also a vast 56% admitted to buying ‘unadventurous’ homewares and accessories to match their safe-bet interiors … and a worrying 47% furnished their homes with it’s re-sale potential in mind, further allowing their tastes and indeed, their home ‘life’ to be dictated by what they think others would prefer

Rather unsurprisingly therefore, 26% of householders said they were unhappy with at least 2 rooms in their homes!

It has long been known that both colour in our environment* and expressing yourself creatively*, are both very beneficial … and certainly something we should indulge ourselves in within our homes   It is sad to think that so many householders are not thinking of themselves when furnishing their homes .. Our homes should be our sanctuary as well as being somewhere we can be ourselves .. Not just in ourselves, but in what we choose to live with!   Where are our true colours?  Where’s our fun and satisfaction of living in a home we’ve created for us to enjoy?










Hunting around our home, I have tamed my colour-cravings in the paint department .. There is the odd orange or green wall in the children’s rooms, but largely the walls are, if not the dreaded magnolia, at least neutral or pale shades.  What I have not allowed however, in both the furnishing and accessories department, is that my love of colour be contained within the same lifeless, and let’s face it, sober palette!

Pale, neutral, or even plain white walls, are great as a starting canvas … and also, if you love beige, then blaze (beigely) ahead and fill your home with what makes you happy .. but it seems a sad sacrifice if you love colour, to live day-in and day-out, in a sterilised world fit for your friends, you Jones-esque neighbours and worst of all, your home’s imaginary-everyman-next-owner!

Come the home selling revolution, you should also credit the buyer with some sense of imagination to see past the furnishings, the accessories and even the odd cheeky or garish, feature wall .. If I was buying, i would rather to buy an indulged and vibrant home, than a bland median of all that is safe

Go against the much-of-a-muchness magnolia tide good folk .. Make a loved, fun, colourful .. and happy home .. Just for YOU! … *smile*



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*Colour Therapy at Home


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