The challenges of green living_ life on a narrowboat – the ecologist

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There is no progress on the dog front. Garden ideas If anything I am going backwards. Usa basketball olympics roster 2016 Can I afford it? All the vets bills, insurance and food? And with a dog comes entropy. Dripping springs isd jobs A narrowboat is a small space and a labrador is a big dog. Prices paving A big dog that likes getting wet and sheds lots of hair. Indoor basketball courts open to the public I know from experience that within a very short time, a labrador (or two) can render my boat into utter chaos – chaos with the aroma of wet dog. Planning a garden layout When I know their tenure is only for a few weeks that’s no problem but a forever dog means a forever mess. Landscape design online free I’m not changing my mind; it’s just that I haven’t made it up yet.

So, with the help of the Internet, I’ll keep pursuing the part-time dog-sharing option. Justbats coupon Not that I’ve had any joy yet. Timber merchants leicester Dog-owners want commitment it seems, not some floosie who’s just passing through in search of casual dates.

In the real world – if you can call Milton Keynes that – I met a man with 11 dogs: spaniels, papillons, mongrels. Asphalt and rubber In a dimly lit underpass, they were all off their leads, milling around him, yapping. Football season is here All 11 undesirable mutts were his he said. Drip coffee He had adopted them all. Masonry supply stores near me He yelled at them while pushing a dog-cage on wheels, which contained bags of poo and more empty bags ready to be deployed. Watch baseball online free live stream The encounter did nothing to inspire me to adopt a dog. Pitch dark Look where it might lead. Leaders furniture It was like a scene from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Milton Keynes is 50 this year ( www.mk50.co.uk). Free landscape design software online The road is an essential backbone in the design of Britain’s largest ‘new town’. Wicker man The centre of this Buckinghamshire metropolis is like one big office car park. Fantasy basketball team names 2015 Originally, there were plans for trams but the money ran out and so the central district’s boulevards have wide central strips, not used for anything much, not even gardens. Girls softball In the surrounding conurbation – an amalgamation of villages – the ‘redways’ (pedestrian and cycle routes) constantly duck under roads. Georgia softball Granted, 50 years ago it was foresighted to include cycle-ways at all but let’s hope the government’s proposed 14 new garden villages are less car-focussed. Desert landscape People need places to live that prioritise pedestrians and bikes rather than simply accommodate them.

In my narrowboat home, I have just cruised along the Grand Union canal around Milton Keynes. Cbs sports fantasy baseball podcast The waterway skirts the town as if planners decided it should serve as a boundary rather than a feature.

A daydream I know but perhaps along with the new garden villages, the government could consider commissioning new canals? Instead of spending billions on HS2 so that a privileged few can travel faster we could resurrect 1940s plans for a Grand Contour Canal on which we travel more pleasurably. Elevator pitch sample This 100ft-wide waterway would follow the 300ft contour line around England from Newcastle to London to Southampton and many places in-between. Fencing terms What fun it would be to commute to work by passenger boat.

I am about the same age as Milton Keynes. Sprinkler warehouse The closest I have come to car ownership was when I shared a 2CV with a friend for a year in my 20s. Facebook stock price Bicycle, public transport, my narrowboat and Shanks’s pony are how I get around the country. Youth baseball drills I hate cars. Football field diagram On my continuous cruising of the 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, I find mooring spots away from roads and the sound of traffic. Uga softball But no matter how remote, there is invariably a background thrum of wheels on tarmac and boy racers giving it some throttle. Football schedule maker The noise and reminder of constant, fast movement is stressful. Football field cake A narrowboat life is all about being slow and quiet. Drip edge installation It epitomises ‘ hygge’, the Danish concept of cosiness and contentment that has become a huge marketing gimmick this winter, prompting people to drive to superstores to buy all things ‘ hygge’ – candles and furry hot water bottles.

The busy roads are a bane of this country. Facebook stock split date They are not only noisy and dangerous but car exhausts of nitrogen dioxide and fine particulates cause respiratory illnesses and tens of thousands of premature deaths annually. Backyard baseball players Recent studies also link living close to traffic with dementia ( http://www.nhs.uk/news/2017/01January/Pages/People-who-live-near-busy-roads-have-higher-dementia-rates.aspx) and obesity ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25710788). Landscape design ideas for small backyards I am fortunate enough to be able to go for days on end without ever venturing near a road. Irrigation methods in india My mind and waistline need all the help they can get.

When I do venture onto tarmac, from my perspective as a cyclist it seems that many car drivers treat the roadside as their litter bin. Softball pitching Waysides are strewn with cans and bottles and fast food packaging. Espn ncaa baseball scores Not that canals are immune to this problem. Basketball wives la cast Although my present mooring spot in rural Northamptonshire is relatively litter-free, there are stretches of towpath where the bushes are stuffed with rubbish. Basketball positions and what they do Why come to such a place, away from the rush of 21st century life, where ‘nature’ has a foothold, and then leave your litter? It saddens me.

I must take inspiration from some words by Norwegian eco-philosopher, Arne Naess: ‘Should the world’s misery and the approaching ecocatastrophe make one sad?’ he questions. Pitch dark chocolate ‘The remedy against sadness caused by the world’s misery is to do something about it.’

A few cans and crisp packets are hardly an ecocatastrophe but litter’s abundance proves how many people are disconnected from the environment. Landscape products Much of the rubbish blows into the canal and ends up in the sea to join the tons of plastic waste in our oceans. Garden of the gods This knowledge and the jarring ugliness definitely affects my state of mind. Paintball fields near me I must do more litter picking. Land scaping It’s an excuse for a walk too. Asphalt 8 mod apk Instead of taking a black labrador, I can take a black bin bag and my litter grabber. Funny softball pics ‘Come on, walkies!’ I’ll say to the bin-bag, and we’ll amble along together in the winter sun.