Monday, August 5, 2013

Writing my Green Bucket List for Summer 2013

The Climate Crusader is trying to make the most of what's left of summer.

Today is a holiday in most of Canada. Here in British Columbia, where I live, we're enjoying the BC Day long weekend that traditionally marks the halfway point of summer. Before the season slips away, I want to make the most of it. This why, today, I'm compiling my green summer bucket list.

Green Summer Bucket List

Here's what I want to do with the sunny days that are still ahead:
  • Forage for wild blackberries.
  • Go swimming in a lake.
  • Plan my winter garden (thanks to Queen Composter for her great tips!).
  • Spend less time in the car, and more time walking or cycling.
  • Open the windows and enjoy the sounds and smells of summer evenings.
  • Harvest the corn, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, blueberries and the rest of the bounty my garden provides.
  • Make jam.
  • Take my kids on lots more nature walks.
  • Spend more time on the playground.
  • Turn off the computer more.
  • Plan a greener back-to-school.
  • Eat meals made up of food from my garden and the local farmers' market.
  • Freeze blueberries.
  • Dry herbs.
  • See how many days I can go without putting on socks or shoes.
  • Prepare for the fall rains by buying a rain barrel so that I don't have to use as much drinking water on my garden.
  • Visit the library often, and finish off the summer reading club with my kids.
  • Use the whole bottle of Green Beaver sunscreen I just bought.
What about you - what's on your green bucket list this summer?


Christy said...

Great bucket list! Thanks for the reminder about freezing some blueberries before the season is over.

I'm curious about your rain barrel options. I've been researching about them and have a post swirling in my head. My main issues/concerns are using a roof to collect the rain water without knowing if toxic substances are in the roofing materials. Some sites recommend rain water collected from roofs to be used only on flower gardens or lawns.

Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

We need to do a couple more big outdoor outings -- beach, hikes, etc.
I can't believe how fast this summer has gone.

robbie @ going green mama said...

I love the bucket list! Sadly my kids go back to school today, so "summer" is over as they know it.
My biggest goal - kids to school earlier this year so I can pick them up earlier so we can actually get outside on school nights!

Pure and Gentle Soaps said...

You made me laugh about using the entire botte of sunscreen - since I've recently stumbled upon about 5 expired bottles of summers past! Already August - and I've almost written the rest of the summer off since the school buzz has started - thanks for the inspiration to live it to the fullest!

Amber Strocel said...

@Christy - I've heard about some of the same concerns. I'm going to do some more research before I go ahead with it, and I'll definitely post about what I find.

aabegs cabalde said...

This is a good way to enjoy green things and in order for us to grow it is necessary for us to Speak Life!. Thanks for this interesting bucket list of yours my friend!


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