This changes everything …

Yesterday the weather warnings map looked like this …

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… but still almost 40 folk gathered at MacArts in Galashiels to watch a film narrated by Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything. This was to coincide with the UN Climate Summit in Paris.  The discussion after flagged up several  local sustainable initiatives – many of which are in The Little Green List.


Introduced by Mark Timmins, the event was initiated by Inge Panneels, (below).


You are welcome to join us for a second event next week:

Inge Panneels, Kate Foster and Jason Baxter are organising a walk into the Heart of the Borders on Saturday 12th December starting at the Focus Community Centre in Galashiels to form a heart shape made up of people in the beautiful Borders landscape to be part of events taking place all over the world. If you can make it, wear something red. 

This is a free event. You can sign up for the walk here

Paint Pots pile up in Fine Art

caldewgate1In the school of Fine Art (between the printing and sculpture workshops) some empty paint pots and used paint trays are heaped next to a rubbish bin.
Inside I notice an invitation by the City Council to ‘put our rubbish to work’.

caldewgate3The Mixed Recycling takes Paper, Card, Plastic, Cans and Glass.

But not, I learn, paint pots.

Nor are paint pots allowable in General Waste.


The paint pots lying on the ground must be locked up in the Flammable Gas shelter in the courtyard.  Their disposal is problematic, the pile grows inside the shed.

I take a few to the Project Space, considering possibilities of Re-Use.



Download this pdf for an Ivy Proposal for the Caldewgate campus garden, re-using and recycling found materials:


With appreciative thanks to staff and students at the Department of Fine Art, University of Cumbria.

walks at mean sea level

Two walks in changeable places on the south west and south east English coast:

muddy places full of overwintering wading birds

The Severn from Sand Point – overlooking the lowest point for a possible Barrage (plans now shelved)

Ray Island on the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, a stone throw from proposed nuclear power station (Bradwell 2)

Grazed by a flock of Shetland sheep

Ray Island, uniquely self-forming from mud in a sheltered creek

a line of shrubs just visible above the sea wall, reddening into spring