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What's this blog all about?

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.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

You've got nail

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 know how easy it is to forget New Year’s resolutions, promises, new year/new you life changes etc, so decided the A-Z No waste month was in danger from the moment we woke up on 24 March 2008. As all we are trying to do this month is change a few ingrained habits my hunch is that the way to prevent anyone forgetting is to slap on make-up. Well, a dob of nail varnish on everyone’s little finger.

Nail varnish marks us out, perhaps, but acts as a good reminder for me; incentive for the girls who love having a painted nail each (in fact they want more!) and a menacing concern to Pete who fears if we get it wrong he’s going to acquire a few more painted nails as he sleeps

Verdict: at least this will give me the opportunity to use up leftover dregs of nail varnish (usually rejected because of their harmful environmental impact).

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