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Hi, I'm Nicola - welcome to a blog about family travel around the world, without leaving the UK.
I love travel adventures, but to save cash and keep my family's carbon footprint lower, I dreamt up a unique stay-at-home travel experience. So far I've visited 110 countries... without leaving the UK. Join me exploring the next 86! Or have a look at the "countries" you can discover within the UK by scrolling the labels (below right). Here's to happy travel from our doorsteps. See www.nicolabaird.com for info about the seven books I've written, a link to my other blog on thrifty, creative childcare (homemadekids.wordpress.com) or to contact me.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Neighbourhood swap

Nicola & Pete plus daughters Lola, now 9 and Nell, now 7, spent last year exploring Britain in a carbon-light manner. Our spring 2008 challenge is to give up waste from 24 March to 24 April. Most posts are by Nicola (as it was her silly idea). This is how it’s going:

I’ve been sent such a huge cheese in the post that it has to be shared.

My neighbour, Nick Clee, is a food writer, so he and family are likely to want a chunk.

I send it over (cunningly getting rid of one of the plastic easter egg shells at the same time) and back comes a huge plant pot made from magazines and newspapers in the Philippine style. My new gift is shaped like a swan and is really rather lovely. My basil plant gets a new home.

Verdict: sharing seems to lead to spontaneous exchanges, which is delightful for both giver and receiver. I must do more.

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