One week down and it’s going well.

One week down and it has been very interesting. I’ve done a few things and been on a few journey’s (actual ones!) which have required quite a bit of rethinking and I have had to go without. I have also collected a few bits of plastic by mistake but I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve achieved.

Day 2 of the challenge saw me driving up to Nottingham to help no 2 child move into her new student accomodation. I filled up my water bottle and made a flask of tea to keep me going on the journey. I also bought myself a can of fizzy grapefruit juice as a treat. I also packed myself a lunch of left over supper from the night before so I was set for the journey. On the way up I stopped at Gloucester for a toilet stop and thought I would try out asking them to fill up my water bottle for me at the coffee shop. Absolutely fine. More than happy to do it. I also bought myself a bun for pudding which came in a paper bag – result! I stayed the night with no 2 child and then left at 6.30am after dropping her off at work. She doesn’t eat breakfast so I was pretty hungry and hadn’t been able to pack anything to bring. Stopped at a Tesco garage and was faced with a shop full of plastic wrapping. After a bit of heavy duty thinking I came up with a cunning plan. All Tesco expresses have a Costa machine which has napkins. So I took a napkin and used it to wrap a loose Pain au Raisin. No funny looks at the checkout, so result! For just about the first time ever I stopped a bit later and had a hot chocolate in a Costa and sat down and had a break from driving. It was actually really nice – I wasn’t in a rush to get home at a particular time and I had a few phone calls to make. I’ll do that more often when I have time rather than grabbing something and speeding on.

I then had another challenge this week as one of my choirs had clubbed together and got me a ticket for Glyndebourne Opera on Saturday. So I was meeting Rupert there and staying over. The thing with Glyndebourne is that you take a fancy picnic and eat it in the gardens in the interval. So mine had to be plastic free – and I managed it!! Asparagus tart, carrot and walnut salad, tomato salad, homemade bread. Rhubarb crumble cake for pudding and a marmalade cake for afternoon tea. A big flask of tea and of course Prosecco and red wine. China plates, proper cutlery and real glasses and proper tablecloth and napkins. Very posh!! There was a tiny strip of plastic inside the metal covering of the Prosecco (Arghh) so I have saved it for the reckoning at the end of the month.

On the drive to and from Glyndebourne I had a few successes in service stations. I went to a drive through Costa and got a hot chocolate in my travel mug. Several garages refilled my water bottle and I did another breakfast Pain au Raisin trick with a napkin! Very pleased with myself!! On the way home I was very sleepy. I don’t drink coffee so have to rely on diet coke to keep me awake on long journeys. The problem is that often in the main bit of the service stations they only sell plastic bottles. I stopped at two with no luck. However, I found cans at Cobham and Reading in the petrol stations – so I’m not dead!

Things I am having to do without at the moment are strawberries, cream and lettuce. Just can’t find them not in plastic and I live too far away from a pick your own. But driving through Sussex there were plenty of stalls in lay-bys selling loose cherries so had those instead – yum!! Shame I don’t live in the South East for cherry purposes although you can get them loose in greengrocers.

Obviously I have been using stuff up which I already had in plastic so I’ll have to see how it goes when they run out but I’m fairly confident. I forgot to cancel our subscription for “The Week” so that arrived in a plastic bag on Friday – Bugger!!! Have kept that for the reckoning. And the other error was a small plastic label on the bunch of beetroot I bought which I didn’t notice. Other than that – pretty good.

Overall it has been really positive. I find that I’m having to delay gratification which is really good for me. I’m a bit of a “I want it and I want it now” sort of person which is often impossible so has taught me to wait or do without. The cherries on the side of the road were a real treat and so exciting!!

One thing I was fretting about was the kitchen bin. What to do about the bin liner? I looked on the Banes website and you can put rubbish straight into your wheelie bin without bagging it first. And as I’ve cut down so much, we compost all food waste anyway, there isn’t really anything very much that is disgusting to go in the bin – so it has gone naked. And the amazing news is that a week later it still isn’t even half full!!

Massive result!!!

This morning I planted lettuce seeds…………😂

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