Category Archives: Intentional living

Travel by train

A few years ago Neil asked me to guest write a blog post about my wife and I’s decision to travel by train on holiday to Belgium after reading “No Oil in the Lamp” (original post here: http://www.theoillamp.co.uk/?p=4007). So when … Continue reading

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Lent

Lent has crept up on us all this year perhaps since it is so early (can we please have a fixed date for Easter).  My lent guide book started talking about food.  Its a little known fact that the medieval … Continue reading

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In praise of pulses

Having grown up in Madagascar, I have plenty of time for pulses. You could buy a dozen varieties on the local markets, all lined up in baskets and sold by the tin-full. There was a wide range of colours and … Continue reading

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Peak stuff?

As lent is almost open us it seems appropriate to write about “peak stuff”.   Have we in the west reached peak stuff?  There have been some comments in the last few weeks from business people suggesting we might have reached … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- mesolithic “eco-home”

You might be wondering why there is a picture of Stonehenge at the top of this blog post, it turns out archaeologists have found an “eco-home” near it.   Its a bit of a silly story since I doubt if mesolithic … Continue reading

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Energy conservation

As Autumn comes around again I start to think about energy conservation.  There is talk about power cuts in the UK being more likely this winter.  Two nuclear power stations have had to be shut down for repairs and a … Continue reading

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Bread making

For about a year now I have been volunteering at a local community centre through attending their bread making workshop. Before joining this group I knew very little about making bread. I had tried my hand at some pizza dough … Continue reading

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Lent study guide

With Lent fast approaching people are expressing ideas of what to give up. In recent years the idea of a carbon fast has emerged. The oil lamp is going to throw its hat in the ring and make a few … Continue reading

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“Just Christmas”

Our Church is involved in something called “Just Christmas”.  The idea is to have a more simple and less materialistic Christmas whilst remembering its true meaning, giving money you would have spent on presents away.  To be honest we have … Continue reading

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The good life

I was sad to hear of Richard Briers death yesterday.  Although I was a bit too young to watch the “Good life” when it first came out I grew up watching some of the latter series and repeats.  For our … Continue reading

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