HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022
I read a very funny meme the other day on facebook, if you'll pardon my French, which read "What a fucking year this week has been!" . So true...it seems that every second person I talk to has covid at the moment. I actually supplement my income by being a "check out chick " at my local supermarket. Needless to say Im triple vaxed which, like it or not, I feel this is going to be a way of life from now on.
Anyway, welcome to my first ever blog. My name is Sandy and my little (fairtrade or fairmade) business is called Threadmill. Once a month I will be bringing you product updates and how products are made ands what a difference you are making to the lives of the people who made them, news from countries I support including their festivals and events, recipes and , as well I will be bringing details of where Threadmills upcoming markets are for the month.
My first and only market for the month of January will be at my absolute favourite Pullenvale. Its a country market, not too far from the city. Its a short half hour or so drive from the city to get out there, and when you do, you will bask in the country air, soak up the country vibes, drink fabulous coffee and have a great time walking and chatting to the local stall holders and listening to some toe tapping music. Its situated around a gorgeous old wooden hall but there are plenty of shady seats and tables. The first market for 2022 will be next Saturday 22nd from 7 till 11. So pop your kids, including fur kids, in the car and come on over, and do make sure you drop in and say hi to Threadmill.
NEWS FROM NEPAL
PRAYER FLAGS HAVE CHANGED - TO ALL WHITE!
For hundreds of years Boudnath Stupa has stood as a beacon of Buddhist belief, towering over surrounding Kathmandu as a giant mandala for peace and beauty. Buddhists, locals and tourists alike flock to experience the serenity of the past. Now it is adorned with white bio-degradable prayer flags made of natural cloth, plus jute string instead of nylon! Making Nepalis daily life practices sustainable and eco-friendly. For me, it will be hard to get used to instead of the coloured flags that everyone has come to know as Nepal. I can't imagine those mountains not strewn with coloured flags with their prayers being caught in the wind. And with the pollution as bad as what it gets (see next article), these flags will soon become grey and drab. But I suppose it is a step in the right direction. What do you think??
SMOG - Hazardous to Health
Hospitals are not swamped with COVID but COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Diesel power is the main culprit but not the only, reducing Kathmandus residents by at least 4 years. Coronavirus has had a lot to do with this with people preferring private vehicles over buses. Brick kilns and motorcycles also fill the air with small particles of nasty pollution. The solution is to shift to cleaner electric vehicles.
So that's it from me for now.
Wishing you all a fabulous, fun and love filled 2022.