A Thrifty, Eco-Friendly Alternative to Washing Powder: Laundry Gloop!

A Thrifty, Eco-Friendly Alternative to Washing Powder: Laundry Gloop!

I first discovered the joys of laundry gloop when I was pregnant with my first child, back in 2003, and was starting to look for ways to reduce our household’s exposure to artificial substances that could potentially harm my newborn, plus saving money as I was about to go on maternity leave.

I planned to use washable nappies so I knew washing could become a major household expense if I didn’t find a viable alternative!


Like Thunderstorms? You’ll LOVE This!

Like Thunderstorms? You’ll LOVE This!

So tonight we’ve had a LOT of thunderstorms, so being the geeks that we are, we Googled them to find out some more information about them.

We discovered something even BETTER:


A REAL-time live map of lightning strikes :O

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how amazing this is?!



The red dots on the second screenshot show strikes as they have just occurred, with the circles around them showing the outward movement of the shockwave, essentially the sound of the thunder.

We were amazed how accurate this was as we watched the flash of lightning out of our window.  Then we switched to watch on the map, saw the red dot appear so we knew exactly where the lightning had occurred and, as the circle spread outwards towards our town, we then heard the thunder.

Modern technology is SOOO cool 😀

Harvesting nature’s bounty to make our own elderflower champagne

How to Make Elderflower ‘Champagne’


A summer drink similar to elderflower pressé


  • 8 large elderflower heads
  • 2 gallons water
  • 2½lbs sugar
  • 4 lemons
  • 4tbsp mild white wine vinegar


Dissolve the sugar in boiling water, leave to cool and add the elderflowers, the juice of two of the lemons, slices of the other two and the vinegar. Cover with a cloth and leave for a day. Strain with a fine sieve or muslin, squeezing the flowers. Store in screw-top bottles. It’ll be ready in about a fortnight and should be drunk within a month.