Monthly Archives: July 2007

Holiday ahhh…..

It’s day 1 of our holiday at Nethybridge this year. We are here for 2 weeks and we thought that it was going to be a scorcher this year – not so far!

We have really enjoyed cutting the grass, cleaning the house and generally lazing around. There was a mammoth Monopoly game today which Freyja and Claire won and enjoyed repossesing all out our houses, property and cards. It has been rainy but not too bad.

It’s great to relax a little here and enjoy time not doing much. We have cooked and eaten a huge amount so far so we will have to try the Go Lower diet box when we get back from holiday.

The carbon diet has been suspended while on holiday – although we only drove 250 miles to get here and didn’t get on a plane so i think our carbon footprint won’t show up in comparison with most people that I know that have flown off a couple of hours minimum for some relaxation.

Carbon Diet Day 3

As a “carbon diet champion”, I have thrown out a pile of high carbon habits that I had stored in my cupboard this weekend. This is no different from any other diet I have been on, it will be tough to manage the conflict between consumer freedom and restriction. On a typical diet, you feel that you are losing something, but I think on my carbon diet I will just change my habits rather than removing carbon completely (as if we could!). So it’s a balanced low carbon diet not an extreme crash carbon diet!

So first small steps taken this week:

1. Took the train. In fact I got the train for only £10 from Aviemore to Edinburgh, I had Wi-Fi all the way (all the way would be defined as intermittently!). Did work and enjoyed the relaxation of travelling by train.

2. Bus – I live in Morningside, it is so well served by buses it’s embarassing to not take them to work. I work in Leith so I can get a bus outside my house and within 30 minutes (in rush hour) be at my office, quicker than taking the car.

3. Turned the tap off – I know its a bit corny but my daughter Freyja has been looking at the impact of environmental change at school (she is only 9) and she has given me a lecture about leaving the tap running – I have changed this habit this week and stuck with it!

So Day 3 and 3 changes – small steps I know but what have you done?

Oh and if you want a regular diet – we launched our Go Lower diet today check out the new website at