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Hi, I'm Nicola - welcome to a blog begun in 2012 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.

Around 2018 I tried a new way of writing my family's and my own UK travel adventures. Britain is a brilliant place for a staycation, mini-break and day trips. It's also a fantastic place to explore so I've begun to write up reports of places that are easy to reach by public transport. And when they are not that easy to reach I'll offer some tips on how to get there.

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.

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Smell coffee

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:

Another panic: this time we are short of coffee. Normally there are loads of shops nearby where we can buy fair trade coffee, but this time I wanted to be packaging free. The solution was to go to the cafe, Good for Food, and ask the Portugese owner is she'd sell me some beans that I could take away in my own bag - just like I do with her delicious bread. The pic is of the b eans wrapped up in an old pak choi bag taken from my veg delivery.

She agreed, so Pete and I are set up for another 100g of the hard stuff. I think that will produce 20 cups, about four days of coffee.

There are several specialist coffee shops around including the Monmouth Coffee Shop at 27 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden and Camden where finding fair trade beans should be easy. I think most of the Italian delis are likely to be able to sell me ground or bean coffee without a plactic wrapper as well, so it's more a case of learning to stock up so I can be assured of the perfect pre-breakfast wake up...

Verdict: I'm learning to think in new sizes - scoops, grammes and tupperware boxes.

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