This week, in the jungle… Vol. 44

Merry go round detail
Merry go round details in the city centre

The final day of my sustainability challenge has arrived. I thought that not being able to treat myself might make this month last forever, but I must admit that it has passed rather quickly. I suspect that has something to do with my new job, which is quite fast paced and challenging, but I’ve also enjoyed a lot of non-material pleasures, such as going out for dinner with friends, and socialising with colleagues over a drink after work.

In the main, I’ve stuck to the principles I set out when I started the challenge. I’ve only bought two magazines, a Simple Things issue for April and a Landlust quarterly. I also bought a couple of books that I couldn’t resist (they weren’t on my list, but they were BOGOF), The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick and The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West, and three volumes of poetry at a recent poetry gig. I can’t wait to get stuck into them! I’ve built up a wishlist and pondered the wardrobe possibilities of any items of clothing or furniture that I’d begun to covet. Through this process, some have fallen by the wayside and become less desired. Others I’m desiring more than ever.

I don’t believe I’ve necessarily spent less money than I did in previous months – lots of socialising will do that – but I feel better about being able to save some money and not use my credit card. I’ve definitely also created less waste by actively spurning material goods.

I weakened slightly in this last week by putting in an order for a particular piece of clothing I’ve been coveting for weeks. I clicked on the website and saw that it was on sale, which gave me the final impetus to place the order. The item won’t arrive until Friday, the last day of the challenge. It can be the reward to reinforce good behaviour in the upcoming months!

Rose petals in hand
Pretty pink rose petals

This week’s likes:

Mercurial weather, matching a mercurial mood – Live poetry evenings – Snooping around other people’s homes (i.e. house viewings) – Discovering new areas of an old and familiar city

Watch – Rick Stein’s Long Weekends, Bordeaux / The Art of Scandinavia/ Dr John Cooper Clarke live with a band of poets

Eat – Falafel mezze mix/ Flapjacks/ Swiss style musli with yoghurt and strawberry jam/ Sausages/ New season asparagus

Listen – Royal Blood/ Sisters of Mercy/

Read – The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Mezze plate
An evening meal mezze plate

This week’s blog posts:

Just in case you missed any of the blog posts from this week:

  • Looking for a vegetarian Sunday roast idea? I shared my popular recipe for a lentil nut roast.
  • My links to inspire for the month past have included a black denim playsuit I’m coveting, an interesting article on how we define ourselves through our jobs, and a wealth of ways in which you can celebrate Prince this weekend.

What has your sustainability challenge been like? Did you enjoy it, or find it hard to restrict yourself – what was the most challenging part and would you do it again?

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