Finally, I got a few spare moments to update the site! Anyone who wants to get in touch with me can email me. There's already about a week and a half worth of strips on it, so if you want to start at the beginning (there's some that should probably be read in order for them to make sense), start here.I was getting sick of that purple background, as well as the zebra print shirt. I was getting sick of deleting spam and reading about immature dumbasses who's itty bitty feelings were hurt by my opinions.
Living a green lifestyle and pursuing ecologically-minded interests also comes with automatic entrance into a massive and diverse club of idealistic, passionate and switched-on men and women, and the opportunity to forge new and life-affirming friendships and relationships...
Dating Having tried websites like Guardian Soulmates and parship.com, and been to a couple of mind-numbingly crass speed dating affairs in a Mayfair bar, I think it is fair to say that I found the experience about as enjoyable as going to several job interviews in a row. With this in mind, I was quick to respond to an invitation to attend an eco-dating event held in Carshalton Beeches (a green and suburban part of South London) a few weeks ago.
Organised by Carshalton Lavender, a community group that manages three acres of lavender fields in this area and puts on a big annual harvest for the public, it was a sort of speed-dating among lavender fields affair.
Our task was to remove the pernicious weeds growing around the lavender plants while talking to potential suitors. I’m not sure if it was the slower pace of the event (we had 10 minutes with each person compared to the more usual three of a speed dating session), the bright sun and fresh air, or the hand-made goodies we munched on between sessions, but the whole thing felt a lot less alienating than sitting behind a glossy table in a chic and anonymous bar.
There’s something about handling plants and earth that makes you feel quite connected to the planet and others.
As Jane Durney, the lavender project’s treasurer and eco-dating organiser, put it afterwards: 'Having a shared activity takes the pressure off chatting to strangers and wearing clothes suitable for outdoor work means that people are more relaxed.' She set up the Carshalton Lavender eco-dating event after attending environmental volunteering charity BTCV eco-dating event held last February in York.
She and her fellow daters spent a couple of hours planting 400 saplings to create a hedge around an extension to an existing nature reserve.
Advertising the event as an eco dating session meant that certain people were weeded out (excuse the pun) a priori.
My idea of a great weekend does not involve a six-hour return flight, and it was great that I didn’t have to apologise for that to any of the others attending.
Check out the Carshalton Lavender website for future eco dating events. Volunteering and Campaigning One thing I find depressing about modern life, is how so many of us get into a car to do anything.
For someone like me, who doesn’t have a car, this is not practical and too time-consuming.