So that's January gone, and it's time for me to take a few end-of-month readings for my Home Cost Tracker - and find out how much I've spent on everyday stuff this month. As you will have gathered from the post title, it was a big fat zero spend on ... Read moreJanuary 2018 update: ZERO spend on diesel
2017 was a year of big change for us as a family - mainly because we finally moved out of our much-loved-but-too-small house, and into a bigger one. This has been a positive in so many ways, but the question was always how much it would impact our ... Read more2017: Bigger house – bigger bills?
Another thing occurred during my half term Halloween holiday (see Spooky Seaside Goings On) that gave me pause for thought. We rented a cottage right by the sea to make the most of any surfing opportunities and beach time. The beach is one of the ... Read moreCornish Men Of War
I tell you one thing that really freaks me out at Halloween, even more than killer clowns: the smell of freshly cut grass. Yes, I know it's normally a pleasant smell, drifting through our window as you work on a warm summer's day. But the smell of ... Read moreSpooky Seaside Goings On
There has been a lively debate over the past few months about whether burning wood is actually worse for than coal in terms of greenhouse gases. There is no doubt whatsoever that burning coal is catastrophic for both climate change and air quality, ... Read moreBurning wood: worse than coal?