The other week Mr Green booked us some time in a cottage.
I’d been feeling a bit stressed, so some time ‘unplugged’ was just what he thought I needed. How right he was!
And how ‘unplugged’ we got!
The cottage, called ‘Little Pudding Cottage‘ stood on its own as far up a 4 mile track as you could go on the edge of National Trust moorland. We were off grid, which, for a family of greenies was an exciting prospect.
Water came from a borehole, electricity was from a generator and the hot water and heating came courtesy of a wood burner and solar panels.
When we go away we do tend to let our hair down a bit with what we eat. Although I love cooking I like to be able to take a step away from the kitchen and spend more time outdoors, playing games with Little Miss Green or erm asleep infront of the fire so we tend to rely a little bit more on ‘convenience foods’…
The most stressful part of relying on fast food while being on holiday is invariably finding recycling facilities because old habits die hard. It doesn’t feel right to just ‘throw things away’ when we’re away from home and many a time we’ve come home with a bag of recycling but at Little Pudding Cottage you don’t need to search too far to keep all your zero waste credential firmly in place.
In the lobby were baskets for paper, metal and plastic. You were encouraged to use cardboard to start the fire and there were three compost heaps.
The owners, Sarah and Graham really do hold ‘green principles’ close to their heart. Most of the cleaning products available were eco friendly, lighting is supplied by a mix of CFLs and LEDs and Sarah is very creative – she reuses old materials to make cards which she sells both through her site; ddu designs and at the cottage. So passionate are Sarah and Dean about the green life that they have set up Dean and Sun, a company specialising in solar electric installations.
But you know, for all its remoteness and being off grid, you can still enjoy all the 21st century comforts if you wish – Satellite broadband provides telephone, internet and TV facilities.
However,we kept the switches firmly OFF!
What about you? Have you visited somewhere recently with great recycling facilities?
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