The end of winter always seems to be the hardest part of it here - worse weather, more illnesses, soil heavy with all the rain - not much opportunity to be outside for a bit of garden therapy. But popping up amongst the lush green weeds there are clusters of bright faces - Narcissus tazetta? or jonquilla? - jonquils for short. Bold little clusters of golden flowers, buffeted by the gales, but here to announce that spring will be here. Don’t give up, they say!
And there are other cold fronts upon us - the damage to our planet from human activity is stark - pollution, extinctions, climate change. So what’s this?
Well, NZ Consumer published a report on shampoo bars - how people rate them compared to liquid shampoo. Quite well, it turns out. So I thought I’d try one.
When we face big problems it’s good to remember how every little thing can have an impact - scent and bright flowers to cheer us up, fewer plastic bottles so a little less of the burden of once-used plastic for us to deal with. Little golden things.