Sunday, 13 January 2013
Waste Not, Want Not
Because I live in a big city and just have a few pitiful plants, all my food scraps get thrown away. Sometimes I feed them a bit of tea, but that's about all. I've mentioned in another post how other cities in Spain have bins where you can throw your organic stuff. Madrid has yet to provide any of those, so I was most happy the other day when I found a use for my citrus rinds. I don't really like using bleach. The fumes are overpowering and dangerous, and I know smokers don't like using bleach because it makes their cigarettes taste funny. Luckily, I'm not one of them. Instead of bleach, I use vinegar as much as I can. I found a recipe on pinterest that simply adds orange peels to the vinegar for a pleasant smell. It's the season for mandarin oranges and that's what I've used in mine. A simple recipe for a good cleaner. Still, I wish I didn't have to throw away my egg shells (crushed) as they are good to put around the plants that slugs like. When one of my friends used to keep a garden I always saved the shells for her.
The reason I chose 'waste not, want not' as the title is the mandarins I bought were on offer, and I could tell that some of them were a bit squashed. Checking the bag, I couldn't see any that looked bad and haven't found any. They're just not perfect. The other day there was a report about how much of our food ends up in the rubbish both because we buy more than we need and farmers destroy those products that have some defect. In other words, those whose aspect isn't perfect. When I was younger I lived on a farm. We never threw away an apple that had been bruised or that had a different shape or a spot. Some Spanish people, for whatever reason, refuse to ask for the food they've ordered in a restaurant but haven't eaten. Every week my friend Chris takes home the leftovers from the Chinese.
Last week I said I was going to ask a question about photography. I put the camera card from my old camera into the one I got at Christmas. I wasn't going to waste the rest of the space on the card. Well, every time I download photos to my computer, a sound file also downloads at the end. Once it contained the video - one that by accident I'd recorded using the old camera and had deleted over a year ago. Why does something which has been deleted and never appeared in the albums from the other camera, keep appearing using the new camera? The file isn't on the card when I review the photos I've taken. Yet, like I say, it appears in albums using the new camera. Anybody know?
Before I say I hope everybody has a good week, I'd like to put a link to one of my friends' blog and hope that some of you will add her too. I've been connected to Diana since the Y360 days. She does the 10 Thoughts Tuesdays, likes gardening and writing poetry. She's just starting out on blogger and has lots of doubts that hopefully some of you will be able to clear up. Please add her, and have a good week.
Posted by brendainmad at 10:04