Category Archives: Transition

Are “experiences” good for you?

There has been a lot of talk about experiences recently.  As economists puzzle on very low growth rates throughout the Western world one theory going around is that we have hit peak stuff.  People are said to be materially satisfied … Continue reading

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Lime part 3. Lime plaster

In parts 1 and 2 of this occasional series on lime we looked at the background to lime and the use of lime mortar in re-pointing walls, today in the last  parts we will look at the use of lime … Continue reading

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Lime part 2 – lime mortar

Of all the different types of lime I have worked with, lime mortar has been the easiest to work with and most satisfying.  Lime mortar should be used to point all stone walls.  Whether it is or not is moot … Continue reading

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Working with lime part 1.

This is a very different blog post from previous posts on the subject of working with different types of lime.  By lime I mean the building material.  This series of blogs will detail my experiences good and bad of working … Continue reading

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Community currencies

Community currencies (or local currencies as we called them) are something we covered in our book.  We wrote “The idea behind a local currency (technically speaking, a voucher for legal reasons) is to help build a vibrant local economy, keep … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- Community energy comes of age?

This week community energy has been in the news.  My attention was drawn to the opening of a small hydro scheme in the north of England.  In of itself its of interest since it uses an existing dam which has … Continue reading

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No-Dairy February

This year, we set ourselves three month long challenges- the first of which was “no dairy February”. In the West, food makes up the biggest part of the average carbon footprint. Over the last few years my husband and I … Continue reading

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Why don’t we repair anything anymore?

Why don’t we repair anything anymore?  This is the question that the Guardian asked recently and which met with an enormous response.  And its a good question.  When I was younger it was common to have a variety of products … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week -cycling strategy

The UK governments cycling strategy has come under scrutiny this week as several people have died on London’s roads.  At the same tine the transport minister for England has suggested in Parliament that cycling will fall in England to 2040 … Continue reading

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Cycling- the answer to peak oil?

The first thing to say is no its not.  As we made implicit (if not explicit) in our book there is no single answer to peak oil.  Is it part of the answer?  For sure.  Transport is without doubt the … Continue reading

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