#30DaysWild Day 4 – #LincsHour

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_04This evening our county’s weekly Twitter hour saw our discussion focus on this week’s  (June 5th) and  (June 8th) and it’s #PassOnPlastic campaign.

Clearly the environment is a subject that many #LincsHour (Mondays 8pm-9pm) tweeters are passionate about and it made for a very busy hour with lots of suggestions of things people are already doing or could do to help.

ClothNappiesTI asked if anyone else had used cloth nappies, sharing a photo of some of our reusable wardrobe.

Jackie Elton (@GreenAspiration) not only had but she’s used washable wipes too, something that’s on my list to look into.

With her Twitter bio reading “Loves Eco living, organics, sustainability, nature, Ethical Gifts, Salsa Dancing, Social Media esp Pinterest ” and running a website called Green and Natural Living, it’s not surprising that she had much to bring to the discussion – “Some of the things I do to reduce single use plastic beeswax wraps instead of clingfilm, bake my own bread, bamboo tooth brush & natural deordorant “, “every day I try to have as low environmental impact as possible. Including reducing waste & recycling, producing electricity via PV panels, planting plants for bees. Buying local & growing food”.

Jackie was also the first to mention 30 Days Wild and was going to look into the Great British Bee Count (May 17th – June 30th) that’s taking place now too.

Using insulated cups instead of single use ones is something both Anne Clarkson and Jane Means already do.

Litter and recycling were also two topics that were very important to everyone with calls for Keep Britain Tidy adverts to return, fines to be used more widely, better education on the subject, people to take part in beach cleans and recycling bins to be placed next to waste bins in town centres.

@LincsHour’s own @DebsCooper suggested the website Wise Up To Waste for some more useful hints and tips and also introduced us all to the Scandinavian fitness trend of “plogging” that’s just starting to get popular in the UK where jogging is combined with picking up litter.

Lydia Rusling told us about The Big Co-op Clean which is returning for its second year with events in Holbeach, Swaton near Sleaford, Caistor, Grimsby, Saxilby and Chapel Point Beach near Skegness.

And, if it’s a trip out to the coast that you’re interested in, Greenfield Caravans was hoping to see lots of people visiting Mablethorpe Beach for the Sand Sculpting Weekend (June 8th-10th) organised by Visit Lincs Coast to promote World Oceans Day.

If all that isn’t enough to fuel your #30DaysWild activities then take a look at Big Family Little Adventure’s suggestions to escape screens and Find the Fun Outdoors instead which includes buying a guide to wildflowers or birds and getting into gardening. 

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Working hard? #TakeABreak

swordandtrowelYou don’t need to sell the idea of taking a break to the parents of mini ones – they just often can’t.

So why any worker would willingly skip their lunch breaks if they don’t need to seems questionable.

But a recent study by Bupa found that only 1 in 3 workers take their allocated lunch break and 45 per cent of these workers took their break at their desks.

And, of course, pre-minis, I often used to be one of those tied-to-my-desk type people too.  What was I thinking?!

The benefit of having two little people no longer entitling you to lunch breaks, needing entertaining and being a one-car household so often walking to and from children’s activities, is that we all get lots of fresh air and parks are often on our itineraries.

swordandtrowel2And exploring outdoor spaces could be boosting our creativity according to a campaign by bookkeeping company Sword & Trowel.  (And my minis are definitely creative so they can certainly attest to that).

Director of operations at Sword and Trowel Dimitrios Alafouzos asks: “Do you always take your hour lunch break? We want to encourage local business owners to support their staff to take a break and get outdoors. We are lucky to have many open spaces on our doorstep and it has been proven that by getting out in the fresh air, creativity increases and employees’ overall mood improves.”

And they further encourage people to #TakeABreak by quoting Kimberly Elsbach from the University of California – “We know that creativity and innovation happen when people change their environment, and especially when they expose themselves to a nature-like environment” – and The American Psychological Association that found that walking increases participant’s creativity by 81 per cent.

So, even if you are a hardened workaholic or feel pressure from managers or colleagues to put your workplace before your own health and wellbeing, it’s clear there’s plenty of work-related reasons to #TakeABreak too.

Find out more here: #TakeABreak – and don’t forget to share a photo of your midday stroll with @SandTbookkeep and @TheMiniMalpi!

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Lincolnshire Day – October 1st, 2016

lincolnshireflagLincolnshire – the county of big skies, the eponymous sausage, home of the Red Arrows and a varied landscape that encompasses city, town, village and hamlet, coast and countryside and an Area of Outstanding Beauty – it’s no wonder it has its own annual celebratory day.

Lincolnshire Day (#LincolnshireDay) is celebrated every year on October 1st, the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising, a revolt by Catholics against the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII in 1536.

And tonight it was the subject of the weekly Twitter hashtag hour #LincsHour and there was no shortage of events planned for the day available for TheMiniMalpi to retweet.

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Several tweeters mentioned that Lincoln Cathedral will be marking the occasion by offering free entry to visitors, @LincsHour herself pointed us in the direction of Belton House’s Autumn Fair and Lincolnshire County Council’s webpage Celebrate culture on Lincolnshire Day! was also linked to, highlighting events at Lincoln Castle and its Heritage Skills Centre, Gainsborough Old Hall, Ellis Mill and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

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The Lincolnshire Echo’s list of 16 things to do this Lincolnshire Day includes a walk through the Wolds, a book signing at Lindum Books in Bailgate, Lincoln, a festival of food and music at Swallowbeck Methodist Church and the launch of a new display at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre sharing RAF Cranwell’s history as a training school.

Healing Manor Hotel near Grimsby is holding an evening of Lincolnshire dishes in its Portman Restaurant and in Grantham celebrations will be equally delicious with the Teaspoon Tea Company offering free samples of its “Grantham tea” and the town’s market hosting a Sausage Saturday event.

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Visit Lincoln manager Emma Tatlow tweeted a link to Molly’s Guide’s Celebrate your inner Yellowbelly list which features a special Lincolnshire Day Artists’ Market, in Castle Square,  Lincoln, a Select Lincolnshire Food Festival in St Marks Shopping Centre, Lincoln and a Wolds Art Festival in Market Rasen.

And Visit Lincoln’s own website page Lincolnshire Day 2016 also includes the Lincoln Book Festival’s Local History Afternoon, the Lincoln Ghost Bus Tour, Age UK’s Lincolnshire Lunch celebration of both Older People’s Day and Lincolnshire Day in one go at their Park Street branch in Lincoln, New Theatre Royal Lincoln’s Lincolnshire Day ticket offer and (on Sunday 2nd) the first Lincoln Half Marathon.

Will you be wearing yellow on Saturday?