Mr Green gets a wooden leg

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He’s always been a bit of a Robinson Crusoe on the quiet, and this week Mr Green surpassed himself.

We had a poorly patio chair – you’ll find out how it met its fate in the video. Suffice to say, we’ve had a three legged patio chair for some time now.

We’ve been wondering what to do with it for months and it’s been lying on its side looking very sorry for itself, whilst we’ve been weighing up the various options.

Without a hesitation of a doubt, this time last year I would have packed the broken plastic chair into the car and taken it to the ‘dump’. I mean, what use is a three legged chair to man or beast?

You can’t exactly glue the old leg back on, and there’s something afoot anyway – the missing part has legged it and gone walkabout …

Anyway, 2009 is the year the Green’s got their act together in the garden and made it look presentable. This includes tidying up the patios and getting rid of rubbish. So it came to crunch time with the chair. Should it stay or should it go?

Find out what happened (and why I now have to get on my hands and knees to brush the floor)…

Does this mean I am no longer Mrs Green and have taken on the persona of girl Friday I ask myself?


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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    Repair is another useful ‘R’ as shown by the 3-legged chair. The difficulty was to maintain functionality and this took some effort but happily the chair was usefully restored.

    My own young experience, with 3 younger brothers, was the breakage within hours of Christmas games. In those days thoughts on waste were totally absent. These toys were similarly plastic based and easy to break, with little design strength.

  2. I love the way Mr Green was laughing as you asked about using your broom in the future.

    Broken plastic patio chairs are usually to be found at our hwrc when I go there.

    So although you now have to sweep the floor in a different way, the chair looks servicable.

  3. Poppy says:

    Very good and looks as though it should serve you another summer at least, but as your broom has been used, perhaps you need to send Mr and Miss G out into the forest to find a long stick to now repair your broom!

    I liked sound of the tinkling windchimes in the background, but what was that LMG was rattling around? Surely not plastic for the landfill 🙁

  4. Layla says:

    Oh, good sturdy new non-3-legged chair!! 🙂

    I never thought plastic could be repaired with wood – WOW!!

    Thanks for inspiring us further!! 🙂

    Reminds me a bit of Captain Hook & the Steampunk style! 😉

    I do hope they get you a new broom handle too! Where we live, zero waste wooden broom or other tool handles can be bought 1x a week when a man brings them to town on his truck, along with other wooden items! 🙂

    Yes, & what was Little Miss Green nibbling on?!! hmm!!
    /I distintcly remember her vowing ‘No more plastic!’/

  5. LOL – I think we need to get Mr G and Mr A together again. Hee hee, I love his cheeky laugh at the end and LMG’s confession about breaking it in the first place.

    Well done. That’s brilliant. I can’t wait to find out what happens to the plastic leg…that’s if you find it 😀

    P.S. I think LMG’s plastic wrapped guilty treats are far outweighed by the fabulous attempt at keeping this bit of plastic out of landfill. But we’re watching her xxx

  6. Excellent work! You should see some of the jury-rigged outdoor furniture we’ve got going here! It is “Hippie Christmas” right now; university lets out so I should be collecting more free stuff for our yard. Got some real goodies, some of which are being held together with duct tape and some prayers!

  7. Oh Mrs. Green ! You certainly put a smile on my face and a giggle in my throat!

    thanks so much for the Tale of the Three Legged Chair

    Totally enjoyable!

  8. Mrs Green says:

    Hi John, plastic tat at Christmas and Birthdays is an issue all ‘green’ parents dread. These things are designed to provide a few hours of entertainment, followed by tears before the inevitable landfill. It is such a shame. Many of us now look for more sustainable options, and fortunately, there are more and more products to satisfy this criteria all the time.

    It’s good exercise Maisie – all in the name of reducing landfill waste. Another thing I was thinking about was that we’d probably have had to buy a SET of chairs, rather than just one, if we had replaced it …

    It was indeed a piece of plastic in LMG’s hand, Poppy! It’s a challenge for us because she cannot eat sugar, so misses out on chocolatey and sweet treats. Instead she munches on packs of dried bananas as her treats. And you know how kids love small packets of things to tuck into 😉 I bought them for her to take on holiday, and these are the leftover packs. I dehydrated my own bananas, but apparently I didn’t get it right – you’ll know how our kids tell us in no uncertain terms 😉

    Hi Layla, isn’t it neat to replace the plastic with wood? I wouldn’t have thought of it either. ‘No more plastic’ is a tough call for me, let alone LMG 😉 It’s a good idea until your favourite foods come wrapped in it…

    Thanks Mrs A – they are a bit of a team, aren’t they!? And that temper of hers is one to watch out for, as the chair will testify … She’ll go far in life LOL!

    Thinking Woman, I would love to hear more about the collections you make and the goodies you have. I bet you have some great stuff saved from the landfill – one man’s trash and all that …

    Hi Tammy, glad you enjoyed it; it *was* very funny when I saw how he had spent his afternoon. Full of surprises is my Mr G 😉

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