I can’t remember how long the ecofest has been going, but it must be getting on for at leat 10 to 15 years. Now quite a fixture in the Durham calendar it is a wonderful mix of information, talks, music, food and, like weddings and funerals, one of the best places to catch up with people I’ve not seen in ages.
First stop Transition Durham where I was helping out on the stand (aka talking to friends).
Right next door to the splendid Abundant Earth, picked up some fruit and veg and locally grown fava beans and stared wistfully at Matt’s beautifully turned wooden bowls, lunchboxes and much more.
The call of Jo’s baskets was strong but I really don’t need another basket, although these are quite special and I yearn for the one with the wooden handle.
By now is was time for lunch from the fabulous Refuse, part of the international Real Junk Food Project they turn unwanted food into pay as you feel delicious meals. If you are ever in Chester-le-Street pop into their cafe. They are also superb outside caterers if you happen to have an event coming up.
This was at least the third pan and as you can see there was not a lot left.
Subscription boxes too. Why not combine it with a fruit and veg box from Abundant Earth?
And whilst we are on the subject of food. Our food choices matter, and we ought to have a genuine choice and even if we are on the breadline, even if we rely on food banks we have a right to know what is in our food, how it has been prepared and packaged, where it came from, how it has been processed. Which is where Hannah and Peter from Food Durham come in, raising awareness of the importance of food and how it relates to the economy, the environment, health and well-being, and issues of social justice.
Handmade crafts (the children and adults were swarming over the workshop Erica ran) all made from driftwood and sold to support the camps Erica helps run in Romania. She also makes exquisite fused glass jewellery and decorations.
Then perhaps you can clean up with some gorgeous soaps from the Durham Soap Company.
Fancy a rummage? Try the Swap Shop your unwanted books could be somebody else’s heart’s desire.
Talking of books how about a bookcase from Handcrafted? Handcrafted are based in Langley Moor and “was born out of a desire to see people who are disadvantaged due to crime, alcohol or substance abuse, unemployment, ill health or old age making a positive step and becoming active members of the community again”
Durham Wildlife Trust (of which I am a member) manage some of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in the county and have masses going on all year round. You’re not too late to take part in #30dayswild.
And a quick diversion to pick up a loaf of bread from Sue.
When it’s all over and you need somewhere to take a break and refocus.
And finally …..
Love Gillie x