Good News Monday

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  July is officially over and with it the annual Plastic-free July came to an end.  I am happy to report I had no further plastic (single use or other) that came into my home in the last two weeks of the month.  This weekend in between our rain I was able to get outside and start working in the Little Cove with some much needed mulch, as you can see it came with zero plastic.

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Five yards of tree mulch delivered Friday.  You can also see some of our milkweed plants to the right.

Today I have an eclectic mix of good news, a bit of environmental news and a touch of sincere help for those needing it.  On the environmental side we are seeing a shift in the courts and government agencies on the use of herbicides and pesticides due to their detrimental effects.

 

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Thank you to Carol (Ah the Simple Life), who sent me the first two links.  Detroit was once a model of middle class life, then most businesses left and the car industry laid off its workers.  Today the few who remain in the city of Detroit are struggling to survive.  The latest news concerns water, more precisely the inability of its residents to pay their water bill.  First, two entrepreneurs have started a project to match those in need of help with their water bill with willing donors.  Those who face the prospect of having their water shut off have another option, PETA has offered to pay the delinquent water bill for any resident if they choose to go vegan.  I think this is a wonderful option, it’s good for the environment, will reduce grocery bills, provide better health and restore their water service.

The children, of all ages, are still enjoying the after effects of our rain.  Being as we have curtailed water play to conserve on use of public water it's good to see them enjoying free water.

The children, of all ages, are still enjoying the after effects of our rain. Being as we have curtailed water play to conserve  public water supplies it’s good to see them enjoying free water.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to end their use of neonicotinoids, an insecticide resembling nicotine that kills a variety of pests and has been proven deadly to the environment.” This is such good news, while this only covers the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.  Hopefully, this will be the beginning of the end of these poisons and the returning populations of healthy bees.

Along those same lines, Texas was denied permission to use a dangerous herbicide on cotton plants by the EPA.  The decision was surprising because of what it says about our current large-scale farming methods.  “This is not an emergency because the weed resistance is predictable since it has been known for many years that GMO cotton sprayed with glyphosate would create resistant superweeds,” Feldman said. “It is an abuse of the law to prop up failed GMO cropping systems with toxic chemicals when viable alternatives, like organic growing methods, exist.”

A bit of sunshine came our way this weekend.

Enjoying the shade of our trees as a bit of sunshine came our way this weekend.

I know trees are an important part of life for humans. They clean the air, give us shade and block winds in the winter months.  But did you know how many lives trees save each year?  I found this statistic quite startling, “researchers have estimated that trees save over 850 lives per year. Not only that, but they also can help reduce and prevent more than 670,000 cases of severe respiratory symptoms as well.(In the US alone)  Let’s save the old trees we have and start planting more each year.

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Red and Blackberries growing wild.

Red and Blackberries growing wild.

And finally today, some local good news. The raspberry plants I found three years ago when clearing out the area we call the Little Cove has started to bear fruit.  We were hoping the birds wouldn’t find them and we would be able to pick ripe berries for the first time.  Unfortunately, the children found them and couldn’t wait to sample them. I grew up being told black and red raspberries needed to be separated in order for both to bear fruit, but we  have both growing together in one spot.    These are still a bit sour, but that didn’t stop the children (not just mine) from foraging for all they could find.

What good news do you have to share this week?

21 thoughts on “Good News Monday

  1. Thanks for sharing the good news! My good news for the week is we’re finally cooling off. Which is nice on a personal level, of course, but hopefully it will also make it easier for firefighters to control the forest fires.

    • And we’re hoping to warm up some it’s been so cold here. ;-) I do hope your cooler weather will help contain and reduce the forest fires around you.

  2. Good news on the herbicide and pesticide front. My summer raspberries are about done and I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have enjoyed mine.

    • Cynthia, I fear I will not be able to eat one fully ripe berry from the field this year (I have bought some from the farmers’ market) but it’s worth it seeing the children forage and enjoy eating from the field. I’m glad you enjoyed your berry season it’s a special time of summer.

  3. That is such great news about the movement against pesticides and herbicides! And I’ve read some other articles about how trees are saving lives … it’s amazing and I hope that people will preserve trees and, perhaps, plant some! My good news is about the treasures I’ve been finding on our property. We’ve found both blackberries and raspberries … we’re in heaven and “graze” as we wander around. We’ve also found native wild flowers … one, in particular, is rare and we have several … I feel so lucky. And finally, we’ve found wild edible mushrooms. I am thrilled that our property is welcoming us in such a lovely fashion. Thanks, as always, for your good news posts … they brighten my day and give me hope!

    • Small Footprints, I am so happy for you. You found a lovely piece of property and how nice to find so many wild edible and flowering plants to welcome.

      I do hope more will realize the benefits of trees and take care of the ones growing while planting even more.

    • I really tried to keep the children from finding the berry bushes until they were ripe. I don’t think I will be able to enjoy a ripe one this year, ;-) but watching the children forage through them for treats is worth it….I guess. ;-(

        • That’s an idea. ;-) I’m considering purchasing a home just so I can convert every square inch into an edible garden. At this point I am a bit worried about taking on a mortgage and want to pay cash for a home. I figure it will take me three years to be able to afford what I am looking for. At that point I will have so much food I can hold some back for just myself. ;–)

          • Well, I don’t want to have the mortgage so it will take a couple of years. It’s sad too because I am short what I need to purchase a home right now. I found a lovely little one bedroom house on 3/4 of an acre backed by open forest (never to be touched) for only $10,000! Unfortunately, since I don’t have the full amount plus closing anything that cheap you can’t get a mortgage on. One day……

          • Oh that is tough, a real shame because it sounds ideal for you. I am truly amazed though, here it would cost at least 150,000 for a piece of land with no dwelling and you would be lucky to get that size for that much! I hope when you are ready you find something equally as nice….if it were so easy though! That’s a shame.

          • Well, to be honest the area is economically depressed but not so much that it has increased crime. Even in the metropolitan area that my youngest lives in homes can be found in decent areas with up to half an acre for less than $40,000. You just have to look for them. In the town I currently live in homes are much closer in price to what you are familiar with.

          • Ah ok. Yes, we considered moving to our West Coast last year where there is little employment but we could’ve bought a larger property, older house and got rid of our mortgage. Years ago in my first marriage one town was almost a ghost town, you could buy a property for $1000!

          • I am the one who looks for the most depressed looking area, minus the crime, and the worst looking home where I can make something better. Detroit here in the US is one city where you can now buy a huge home for $1,000 as long as you agree to live in it. Of course the larger the home the more it will cost to restore.

          • Yes, I am the same :) A home is what we make it. The home I look back on with the most fondness was an old cottage (originally the maid’s quarters which sat beside a large Victorian house) It was so run down they pulled it down when we moved out but on the inside I had painted it, prettied it up and I loved it to bits.

          • I have found a long lost sister. ;-) I don’t like anything new, give me old, tired and ready for living. I’m sorry they pulled down your cottage I’m sure someone else would have loved it too.

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