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Decorating: An ecological blog
By Chantal Robertson, Life Group leader, Jubilee Church Wirral
God commissions us to be custodians of the planet and of His people.
That means trying to have more of positive than negative impact on the world and people. You may well have seen labels such as: Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, RSPCA etc on food in the local supermarket, but what about decorating?
In the summer, we were able to move to our own house (first time for me 😀).
I know that a lot of new builds have a lot of eco improvements built in, and so they should. I just love old houses, but with high ceilings and solid (rather than cavity) walls, they’re often not the most environmentally efficient! However, a lot can still be done.
There are smart meters, closing doors on rooms and switching lights off, thicker curtains, wearing an extra jumper, snuggling under a quilt 😉
We’ve been decorating, and, with this, came the discovery of an Aladdin’s cave – ReciproCity Wirral 😀😀😀
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place!
It’s such a simple idea 💡 They pick up tins of part used paint from Bidston tip, check it and then sell it cheap – just the right amount for a feature wall, for example, at an amazing price of a couple of pounds (depending how full the pot is!)
They also have end-of-line and donated-from-DIY-chains kitchen cupboards, doors, taps and so on. They also make up their own paints. The staff are super friendly and helpful too 😀 Can’t recommend them enough.
We’ve made use of WIRE also – a great place to find basic second hand furniture of all kinds and some gems, they always seem to have lots of beds and dining chairs/tables. They sometimes have white goods too. A separate company can deliver (cash on delivery and only an extra £5 to take it upstairs – SUPER worth it for the two wardrobes we got!)
I also explored an antique shop nearby, which has mostly beautiful fireplaces (see my genuine cute 1870 ‘Daisy’ design cream fireplace) and found a beautiful reproduction cast iron fireplace, surround and mirror on Facebook Marketplace – a stunning feature, I think ❤️
My default, whenever I’m looking for things, is ALWAYS second hand, whether that’s charity shops or online, such as Freecycle, eBay, Facebook Marketplace etc or a second hand option on a shopping website.
These are some of my habits, but what are yours? Any gems you’ve discovered?
Chantal Robertson with her husband Rick
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Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?