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mrs green 2007I’m a thirty something woman (Mrs Green) living with my gorgeous husband (Mr Green), our daughter (Little Miss Green) and cat (Pussus Cattus Green) in semi-rural UK.

If you are committed to a greener way of life, or are just starting out on the path of eco awareness, then you might find something within these blog pages to interest you.

I have a passion to share information I have gathered over the years in the hope thatmr green 2007 someone else can benefit from it too. Self empowerment are our keywords here at chez Green. We like to research things, learn from others and share the love and knowledge. Much as the internet can be a phenomenal time waster, it has also opened up the opportunity to many people to seek knowledge and share information.

Environmental issues, eco conscious, sustainable living, gardening, self sufficiency, real food, frugality, reducing energy usage, reusing, reducing, recycling, recipes, repairs, fair trade, organic, making your own cleaning products and natural healing methods are all areas that we, as a family are passionate Little Miss Green 2007about. We’ll share some of our experiences and findings within this blog.

Over the past few years, our interest in supporting the planet and her inhabitants has grown. I think having a child enhances your awareness of the fragility of life and the legacy we leave behind.
As a family, we are trying to live as lightly on the earth as possible each day and make conscious choices wherever we can.

Little Miss Green is home educated. She is very creative and never uses any object foPussus Cattus Greenr its intended use for long. Storage boxes rapidly become elaborate dens, houses or boats. Pencils are rabbit food (and she is the rabbit), curtains are the sea, her bed is for swinging from and her mattress is a trampoline.

She loves reading, writing stories and can usually be found creating a work of art somewhere. (Often on her bedroom wall). She says that one day she is going to write a book and sell it for a million pounds on the days that she is not being a vet, running her shop or being a farmer’s wife with five children. Apparently her farm is going to be large enough so that we can move in and look after her children while she looks after the animals.

the greens 2001She is a natural Buddhist (I can’t garden with her because every creature has to be saved, made a bed for and reunited with its mother, so it takes about 3 hours to dig a square inch) and she has an attachment to none of her possessions. When she is done with them, she gives them away – we can all learn alot about trust from that.

Mr. Green drives me insane with his love of stuff. I’m trying to minimalise; while he maximises everything. When I create a space on a shelf or in a cupboard he asks me what I am going to fill it with. He has more clothes and shoes than me and enough wood stashed away to build an ark.

He has an exceptionally annoying habit of his ‘one day’ stuff actually coming in usefulmr and mrs green 2002 which makes it even more hard for me to convince him to release things. He has built a conservatory, put in a shower, and installed radiators from his ‘it might come in useful one day’ hoard. I have nightmares that he will drop dead and leave me with all this stuff, but I have threatened to put a large skip on his grave and set fire to everything on top of him.

On the flip side, he is incredibly handsome, has a voice to die for, is a good listener, is understanding, protects his family fiercely, is creative, passionate, dynamic, practical and erm, well, let’s just say he comes up to scratch in all the important areas of a relationship ;)

cherry tree 2002I like to write and make spaces to enjoy until Mr Green finds something to fill them with. I love creating meals from nothing, meditating, staring into the flames of the fire, listening to music, thinking, dreaming, watching the sunset or sunrise, watching the stars and moon and I love turning up the music until the windows rattle to dance around the house. I enjoy sweeping the floors and a nice clean bathroom – we all have our quirks………….

I’m an INFP, a type 4 with a 5 wing on the eneagram, a 30/3 life path number and as you’ve probably guess I like trivia quizzes, personality profiling, boxes and compartments.Yet at the same time I rebel against being tied down to anything or labelled, I constantly change my mood, I’m always in six minds aboutwhen is a bookshelf not a bookshelf..... everything and having to make a decision about anything terrifies me. Which probably accounts for the fact that I’m a double Gemini. Oh, and even when I’m wrong I’m right, apparently……

When asked to describe me in three words, Mr.Green offered: eccentric, enigmatic and completely unreliable. Ho hum.

We still have heaps to learn, lots to change, mistakes to learn from, stacks of ideas to ground into reality, things to share and lots of love to spread around the planet.
I hope you enjoy sharing in some of our adventures and feel inspired to make positive changes in your own life!

mr and mrs green 2006Please do comment if you feel moved to do so, or contact us and say Hi – we’d love to hear from you.

Mrs Green
xxx

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  • Great Blog! Although your ‘contact’ page doesnt seem to be working?? thanks for adding my pads on your blog…any chance of getting a link on there too?
    Keep up the good work!
    love Rachael x

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  • Yes, I also noticed your contact page is not working correctly due to the wp-cache plugin. My advice is to deactivate the plugin, as it’s really not that useful unless you are getting a ton of traffic from Digg.com

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  • Mrs Green says:

    Thank you both. I admit your comments left me a little confused, as I have been getting contact Me forms through ok.
    I sent myself one and that was ok too.
    Then I figured I’m a Firefox girl, so I tried it in IE and therein lies the problem.
    It seems this is ok in Firefox, but not in IE.
    Thanks for your suggestion, Timothy – Mr.Green is looking into it now………….

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  • Keith says:

    Hello,
    I arrived at your blog from Darren’s 31DBBB. This is a fascinating blog with some intriguing and helpful content. I’m sure I’ll be back. One note though, it doesn’t seem to work very well with the Safari browser. On Safari, the categories in the sidebar don’t show up. I tried Firefox and it works well with this browser.

    Keep up the fab work!

    Cheers,
    Keith

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  • Mrs Green says:

    Hello Keith, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment; and thank you so much for telling us about Safari. It is a browser I do not use. I try the site in IE, Chrome and Firefox – but have not used Safari.

    we’ll look into it and see what we can do.

    Your blog is excellent too – and I love the title; velvet escape. I hope you’re enjoying the pro blogger challenge!

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  • Keith says:

    Hi Mrs. Green,
    You’re welcome. Safari is used by all Mac and iPod/iPhone users – it’s Apple’s built-in browser – and there are many Mac users out there (I think it’s 8% of all computer users) and even more iPod/iPhone users. I’m a big fan of the Mac… and everything Apple for that matter! :-)
    I’m definitely enjoying the ProBlogger challenge. I’ve really learned a lot, thanks to Darren.

    Cheers,
    Keith

    ps/glad you liked my blog.

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  • EcoChampion says:

    Dear Little Green Blog,

    Just came acorss your site today and found it very informative. I am interested how Mr Green’s Raw food diet went.

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  • Layla says:

    Lovely intro about you guyz – we keep finding more & more fascinating tidbits about you!! :)

    …& where is Little Miss Green sleeping??! :)

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  • Mrs Green says:

    @EcoChampion: Hi EcoChampion, mr green is on the third week of his diet and is struggling this week. I’ll be blogging about it again next week to keep you all updated on his progress. Do you eat a high raw diet, or is this something you would consider?

    @Layla: Hi Layla, lovely to see you here. We’re full of surprises! You’ll be pleased to hear that LMG now sleeps soundly in bed (most nights!)

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  • Lily goldman says:

    Hello to all,
    This is to introduce my new children’s book:
    Mrs. Nosy – A Composting Story
    log in to my blog: artistsites.org/mrsnosy/
    and leave your comments.
    Thank you for sharing your green ideas for a healthy earth!

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  • Mrs Green says:

    @Lily goldman: Hi lily, good luck with your book; it’s great to see new kids books with meaning and purpose :)

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  • Maren says:

    Mrs Green,

    I have been meaning to stop by for some time – I have read so much about you from Jen over at Clean Bin… I have to say, I am very, very impressed with the sheer volume of material that you have published on here! After reading the above description of yourself and your family… I had to laugh because we are definitely similar personalities and yet different in a lot of ways… For one, having my son also made me ‘wake up’ (or rather ‘bolt upright’) to the notion that life is precious, the earth is precious and it made me really want to start focusing on the things that are REALLY important. AND, I too am a double Gemini who adores all things personality profiling (I am a three with a two wing on the eneagram and an ENFP)… and yes, my husband also would describe me as eccentric and enigmatic (which I think is a real compliment coming from him!) Oh, and I LOVE a clean bathroom too! (who doesn’t?)

    Anyway, I just wanted to give a shout out and say that I commend you on your efforts and that I can’t wait to dive in and read more!

    All the best from the other side of the pond,

    Marebare (Maren) from Canada

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  • Lisa~ says:

    Oh, I love your descriptions. It helped me know you all in a more personal way. My husband is a keeper too, he comes from a long line of them (don’t get me started on his mother). One thing he has is this HUGE box full of cords and cables and wires. I am always begging him to clean it out and throw most of it away. But about once every four years he pulls some random wire out of it and saves the day. Of course I say, if he threw them away we could buy these wires (nothing in there is expensive) when we needed it and we wouldn’t have to look at the dumb box all of the time. He responds by putting the box where I can’t see it. LOL! Lisa~

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  • Mrs Green says:

    @Frugal Living: Thanks Frugal living; nice site you have yourself with lots of tips for saving money :)

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  • Mairi Stones says:

    Loveed reading all this, and nodding away. I’m also a 4 on the enneagram, home educated my children all through primary and now on our year away. being green afloat is a little more challenging but has given me space to think more about home. We have a compost loo though!
    Nice to have met you.
    X

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  • Mrs Green says:

    @Mairi Stones: Hey Mairi, great to see you and your compost loo! Sounds like we have a lot in common ;)

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