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Hi, I’m Fiona. I work on eco-related projects and write. Thanks for dropping by.

Plastic Free Challenge

Diary of a Plastic Free March, 2024 Ahhhhhhgh, I totally forgot I agreed to trying plastic free March  with my friend Charlotte until I got home with the shopping, so what was the damage? Scotch eggs from deli – (Paper bags with plastic windows). Milk. Tofu. WINS: Apple juice in glass bottle, all veg loose/simply…

Blog, Featured Posts, Posts | 12 April 2024

FROG TALE: Elephant Finds Reading Glasses.

An Elephant Returned A Ranger’s Reading Glasses Undamaged. Jock had been studying a herd of elephants around the Limpopo region of South Africa for some time and hadn’t noticed his missing reading glasses until he returned to the lodge as usual one evening. He vowed to scour the bush for them the next day, not…

Blog, Frog Tales | 24 August 2022

PROJECTS: Milk Bottle Birds

How to make your own flock of milk-bottle birds instruction video 🦅 Shortly after we moved from Botswana to England, I received a call from one of the mothers at our daughter’s new school, asking whether I would help make plastic milk-bottles into a flock of birds as a sort of eco statement. The vision…

Projects | 19 July 2022

LIFE IN ENGLAND: Messy Play.

We moved back to England after living in Botswana for eight years in 2021 and I got some part-time teaching assistant work for the first three months. On this particular day, I rang the buzzer for my afternoon shift. After a few moments, the head mistress opened the door dressed in an extremely tight (some…

URBAN ECO: Bees of Gaborone – Our Tiny Mafia #1/2

“Mafia just means family. And we look after our family.” Anon African Honey Bees defend themselves fiercely, and our lives depend on it, as they pollinate our flowers and crops. These tiny bees have been our allies for a very long time, as this cave painting demonstrates. I listened to a Ted talk by Noah…

Blog, Urban Eco | 12 June 2020

LIFE IN BOTSWANA: Monkey Filmed on Homemade Go-Pro 🐒

I don’t have a Go-Pro, so I strapped my phone around my head with a fitness band to get footage of a large monkey mistaking my feeble attempts at fitness for spectator sport. I had just begun my routine lock-down run, when a male vervet appeared out of nowhere, grabbed an apple from the bird-table,…

Blog, Frog Tales | 11 May 2020

LIFE IN BOTSWANA: Lost Runner Thumbs Lift on Golf Cart.

An article about Nelson Mandela’s fitness regime inspired me to start running around the outside of our house during lock-down. Despite being in jail for 27 years, Nelson managed to keep fit, convincing me I could certainly give it a go. First, I pick a play-list and immediately go to a happy place when Dizzy…

Blog, Life in Botswana | 29 April 2020

FROG TALE: Weaver Bird Jilted At The Nest.

We were relaxing by the pool at a hotel in Johannesburg when we noticed a particularly noisy weaver bird dismantling the nest he had built, ripping this strand and that strand with such fury that the whole thing fell from the tree – plop! Into the pool. The bird’s frustration was palpable. It paced endlessly…

Blog, Frog Tales | 2 April 2020

URBAN ECO: Laetitia’s Self-Watering vegetable garden.

Our miniature sausage dog Rory can be a moody little bug*er, but it was definitely more than sulking this time – so we took him to one of our local vets, Laetitia Gaudeux. B2 came with me, holding him on her lap for much needed calm and support – I love that little guy, he…

Blog, Urban Eco | 14 March 2020

URBAN ECO: 6 Eco-Tips for Gaborone.

Who am I to tell YOU how to be more eco-friendly? I’m just an ordinary person who had a weird moment with cling film. The memory is hazy, but Donald Trump had just come into power and I was thinking that’s terrible for environmental issues, when self-judgement kicked in. ‘Everyone wants to change the world,…

Blog, Urban Eco | 7 March 2020

URBAN ECO: Why I wanted live earth worms, and how I got some 🐛

I was frantically scouring the shelves at The Crazy Store when I bumped into my daughter’s P.E. teacher, looking similarly harassed. She and a friend were looking for 50th birthday decorations, what was I doing?  ‘Buying fake treasure…and wondering where to find live earth worms for my friend Andrea’s compost bin.’ I added, as a…

Blog, Urban Eco | 23 September 2019

LIFE IN BOTSWANA: Drama Triangles ⚠️

When I accidentally upset a friend, I called another friend for advise. She’s a professional counsellor and explained the Karpman Drama Triangle, where-by two people continuously switch between three roles – victim, persecutor, and rescuer.  I didn’t exactly understand but basically, your friend tells you a problem and is the victim. You jump in to provide a…

Blog, Life in Botswana | 9 August 2019