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All The Little Fishies

This is a quick recap and update on the Fish Fight Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been researching and filming.

Basically this is the picture…

Half of all fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back overboard dead

Hugh has been traveling around the UK countryside talking to fishermen, marine conservationists, politicians, supermarket bosses and the fish eating public. The result is a series going to air this month on Channel 4 in UK.

Hugh is looking for public support. You don’t have to live in the UK or even in Europe to support Hugh and his collection of star studded celebrity chefs, actors, comedians and the like on their crusade to change this outrageous waste of food.

Put simply, there are very popular types of fish which have a limit or quota as to how many can be caught and brought to shore. It is unavoidable that many other fish are caught too. These are the poor little mites which are then thrown back  (the majority of them dead) as they are the “unwanted” species.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall with one of the most popular species of fish – Cod

Hugh, and his supporters aim to have an influence in the new policies which will be negotiated soon. He doesn’t aim to be a policy dictator but help the decision makers to see the consequences of their decisions.  GO YOU GOOD THING!

You can join the fight and help support major policy change by signing up for the fish fight here. Go on – you know you want to!


Deter Ants – The Natural Way

Every Summer we have an ant problem. Little black ants are busily building nests outside in our sandy soil. It’s inevitable that some of these cheeky little ants make their way to garbage bins and the inside of our house looking for food. I don’t like using chemical ant insecticide, so I’ve been researching some environmentally friendly options.

Here are a couple of environmentally friendly methods to deter them:

  • Chalk – draw a line of chalk in the ants path and according to research, ants won’t cross it. If only the rest of life was that easy to sort out!
  • Sprinkle Cayenne pepper in their path
  • Sprinkle black pepper in their path – ant really don’t like pepper!
  • Sprinkle ground cinnamon at the point you think they are entering the house.
  • Sprinkle catnip in their path
  • Make a simple ant deterrent spray…


2/3 cup water

1/2 cup white vinegar

2tbsp environmentally friendly dish-washing liquid


1. Combine water, vinegar and detergent and mix well.

2. Pour into spray bottle.

3. Spray where ants are travelling.

This Guy Should Think Twice Before He Uses Pepper As A Deterrent...

Save Energy By Cleaning Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan Regularly

Bathroom exhaust fans fill with lint quickly. Cleaning your bathroom exhaust fan regularly is a great little energy saving tip.  It keeps the exhaust fan running efficiently which saves you money and keeps your bathroom free of moist steamy air which encourages mold to grow.

1.To clean your exhaust fan, remove the cover and take the filter down.

2. Brush the fluff from the filter and soak the filter and cover in warm soapy water.

3. Give the cover and filter a brush over with an old toothbrush or similar, rinse and then dry.

4. Put back together once completely dry.

Jane Mansfield's Bathroom!

Jane’s exhaust fan would have been exhausted! 😉

Essential Ingredients For Natural Cleaning

Basic ingredients for the fight against grime, climate change and a dirge of domestic disasters!

Indonesia – Image Courtesy of Greenpeace

If you’ve been following my natural cleaning tips, you may have noticed that there are a few ingredients which keep popping up. So I decided to make a shopping list of all the basic ingredients you need so you can get back to basics in your home and feel the lerv of simplicity, purity and more dollars in your purse. All the while making a small but significant contribution to saving the planet!

Have these simple ingredients at the ready for all your general cleaning needs and the occasional disaster.

Think globally – act locally! ( I love that line!)

Clean and Green Essentials

  • White vinegar – A mildly acidic cleaner. Go for basic white vinegar at the super market. Don’t be fooled by “Cleaning Vinegar” in with the household cleaners. It’s twice the price and exactly the same thing!
  • Bicarb Soda – Slightly salty and alkaline compound used in cooking and cleaning. Mildly abrasive, it can make great cleaning pastes when used with other ingredients. Do Not use on aluminium surfaces.
  • Borax – A salt used as a component in detergents and numerous other uses. Easily dissolved addition to cleaning pastes. Also can be made into an insecticide for ants, cockroaches and fleas.
  • Table Salt – A great abrasive for stubborn grime. Can be used with a combination of other ingredients or with lemon juice and a toothbrush for areas such as moldy grout in the shower etc.
  • Lemon Juice – Awesome naturally occurring mild acid. Great addition to cleansing pastes, can remove lime scale from taps and sinks – and smells delicious! It can help to neutralise the smell of vinegar.
  • Plant-Based Dishwash Liquid – Should NOT contain toxic petrochemicals, phosphates, nitrates, EDTA, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic dyes or perfumes. Much safer for you, your family and the planet!
  • Eucalyptus Oil – Fabulously versatile oil used for removing stains and grease marks, added to the wash to clean heavily soiled clothes, added to the wash for woollens, removing chewing gum (even from clothes and carpets!), removing tar from motor cars, and a wonderful inhalant in an oil burner or a couple of drops on your pillow if you are suffering from a cold. Smells amazing!
  • Tea Tree Oil – Wonderful natural disinfectant. Use full strength to assist in the management of scratches, minor cuts, minor wounds, minor skin infections, insect bites, stings, acne, pimples, ringworm and fungal infections. Use diluted 1:10 with boiled water to disinfect areas around the home. Smells great too.

Fish Fight Update

Dead Fish Family

Brussels a go-go! Hugh has been a busy man in the last few days!

Hugh and his team took the fishfight directly to the policy makers, set up a giant screen outside of the Conference Building opposite the European Commission, and his viral video was playing all day!

This is a little snippet from Hugh’s review.

Fishery stakeholders from all over Europe were present, and many of them agreed to join the Fish Fight Campaign. The discard issue was raised throughout the day, during various debates and presentations. It was a great way to launch the campaign, in Brussels, right at the heart of policy making.

According to an EU paper in 2007, between 40% and 60% of all fish caught by trawls in the North Sea are being discarded.

For obvious reasons, fishermen hate discards. Conservationists hate them too. Even politicians don’t like them. But they are an unavoidable consequence of theHugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

current Common Fisheries Policy and the quota system. is the website and campaign hub which will accompany the series and continue its work over the coming months.

We do not seek to dictate policy, merely the consequences of policy. By signing up to our campaign you will be writing directly to the policy makers in Europe.

And you will help to ensure that a reformed CFP has the elimination of discards as a primary objective. Thank you so much for your support. Please spread the word!

Sign up here:


Fighting For Fish

Those who know me know that I’m a mad fan of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage fame (UK). Hugh owns a gorgeous organic farm in Dorset and apart from growing and producing amazing crops and free-range animals, he creates fabulous food which he shares with the public through his canteens in Axminster and Bath. He has created several television series, writes regular food columns, and has a range of books, DVDs and online courses. Hugh is an avid supporter of sustainable living and a campaigner for ethically produced food – the man is an inspiration and somehow strangely sexy in a geeky, earthy type way! (Did I write that and leave it in after a re-read? Call the Mental Health Team!)

Yummy recipes on the River Cottage Website!

An excerpt from the River Cottage blurb about Hugh:

A talented writer, broadcaster and campaigner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is widely known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books.

During River Cottage Spring (2008) Hugh helped a group of Bristol families start a smallholding on derelict council land.

The experience was so inspiring he decided to see if it would work nationwide, and Landshare was created to bring keen growers and landowners together. The movement now includes more than 50,000 people.

“Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is quite my favourite of all the prominent food-writers and presenters. Never quite as shaggy, messy and disgusting as he first appears, his great knowledge, passion, insight, intelligence and skill are hidden under the silliest hair in Europe.” Stephen Fry

I laughed a lot at Stephen Fry’s quote – totally true!

Dead Fish Family

Hugh has taken on a new campaign called Fish Fight.

Half of all fish caught in the North Sea is thrown back overboard dead due to the current quota system imposed by the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

This is outrageous no matter what country you live in and how far removed you might feel!

Hugh is officially launching his campaign with a broadcast of  “Hugh’s Fish Fight” presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in January 2011.

Sign up to support Hugh at the official Fish Fight website.

Stay tuned for updates! (If they let me have a computer in the padded cell…)