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    LOLA

    LOLA (Lots Of Love Always) is a book for young women about how to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and make healthy choices. Filled with colorful graphics and a wealth of tips, recipes, remedies, and inspiring anecdotes, LOLA deals with what young women really need to know to lead happy, productive, and fulfilling lives.

  • Looking for bunny rabbits early on a summer morning at
    Looking for bunny rabbits early on a summer morning at her grandmother Tessa Kennedy’s house in England. The girls in their nighties, my daughter Lucie on the left, with her friend Clary on the right Flashback to days before cell phones and computers, when mornings were all about spotting the bunnies darting across the lawn and into the hedgerow  #FBF   #priscillawoolworthphotography   #earlymornings   #innature   #bunny   #rabbits   #hedgerow   #precellphone   #preinstagram   #presocialmedia 
  • Shout Out to the awesome wildlife conservationist Raabia Hawa Raabia
    Shout Out to the awesome wildlife conservationist Raabia Hawa Raabia is a former radio presenter who gave up everything over a decade ago to dedicate her life to protect wildlife in Africa. Tracking illegal poachers in the African wilderness requires commitment and deep understanding of wildlife’s ecological value. She is the director of the Ulinzi Africa Foundation, which supports the work of rangers, who put their lives on the line in order to protect wildlife like elephants, rhinos and giraffes. Ulinzi means ‘Defenders of Africa.’ You can follow her  @raabia .hawa , where she has live links to support her work
  • Waiting in daily anticipation for the bramble berries to mature
    Waiting in daily anticipation for the bramble berries to mature Recommended to be eaten on the spot! More wild edibles I’m currently picking and eating almost daily: from the woods, oyster mushrooms and from the hedgerow, stinging nettles and lamb’s quarters. Mullein coming up and straggling under the trees, fiddlehead ferns.  #priscillawoolworthphotography   #wildedibles   #foraging   #wildplants   #edibleplants   #medicinalplants 
  • Repurposing and Reusing done the ancient way Seen at the
    Repurposing and Reusing done the ancient way Seen at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford/UK, the piece on the left was a vase, dated 1750-1775, Delft, Netherlands. Apparently, it had been badly damaged and instead of being thrown away, it was converted into a jug by cutting it down and adding a silver rim and handle. The piece on the right was originally made in China 1645-1655 and in about 1800, possibly in Germany, a silversmith added collars to the stumps of the broken handle, and supported the rest of the pieces with a silver strap, making the vessel functional once
  • L E A F I found this extraordinary leaf on
    L E A F I found this extraordinary leaf on a tree I’ve just seen for the first time in my garden. Do you know what tree it is? Found early on a summer morning by the river in my neck of the woods in the Hudson Valley, NY  #priscillawoolworthphotography   #leaf   #tree   #identification 
  • Friends when shopping for strawberries choose organically grown ones when
    Friends, when shopping for strawberries, choose organically grown ones when available. Conventionally grown strawberries contain the most pesticides of any fruit or vegetable: 20 different synthetic chemicals. Pesticides have been linked to cancer, reduced brain development and behavioral problems in children and other health issues. The more we choose pesticide free organic strawberries (and other fruits and vegetables) over conventionally grown ones, we are sending a clear message to growers: grow food without using toxic pesticides and herbicides.  #priscillawoolworthphotography   #strawberries   #organicallygrown   #pesticidefree   #herbicidefree   #nochemicals   #stopusingchemicals 
  • On Fanore Beach Ireland Sweetest mini raft made with recycled
    On Fanore Beach, Ireland Sweetest mini raft made with recycled materials  #Ireland   #raft   #winecorks   #lollipopsticks   #elasticbands   #foundfeather   #goodcleanfun   #magical  Photo by Sarah Comeford
  • Mr Blue Sky Inspired by her walks in the desert
    Mr. Blue Sky Inspired by her walks in the desert in Southern California, weaver Rachel Ehlin-Smith brings back plants and flowers she then incorporates into her work. Her floral weaves are made from wild silk, flowers and horsehair. She has a new studio near Joshua Tree: “There’s nothing but the land, the sky and perfect calm. Every time I go there I just want to set up a loom and weave the sunset into my fabric.” Photographer: unknown Text by Marine Poudat  @mrblueskye   @milkdecoration_magazine   #mrbluesky   #weave   #weaving   #loom   #desert   #inspiration 
  • First Potatoes Im hooked! Now that I have the space
    First Potatoes I’m hooked! Now that I have the space to grow one of my favorite things to eat: potatoes, I’ll be planting many more! So much fun to search for them in the soil and pull them out. The more I can grow the more I can share Dinner tonight: boiled potatoes with a little butter, chopped parsley and a pinch of Himalayan salt.  #priscillawoolworthphotography   #potato   #potatoes   #redpotatoes   #newpotatoes   #growyourownfood   #foodie   #potatoeporn 
  • Day 3 and last day of Making Peace With The
    Day 3 and last day of Making Peace With The Earth workshop at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living with Vandana Shiva I learned so much over the past 3 days, which I will share in a blog to be published in the Fall Issue of the Almanac Newsletter. Swipe to the left to see Vandana Shiva listening to Skip Backus (CEO and founder of Omega) talk about the Eco Machine, which purifies all of the grey and black water used by the Omega campus. Also...Vandana Shiva signed my copy of LOLA, on the page where she is featured as

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival

~ Wendell Berry

Welcome to the Almanac Newsletter, an e-quarterly in which each issue celebrates innovations in Sustainable and Innovative Designs, Game-Changers who are creating and inspiring positive change, Eco Films that entertain and enlighten, Artists and Authors who are inspired by nature, Plant Based Recipes, a monthly Organic Gardening Calendar, as well as empowering readers to become informed consumers, by turning their purchasing power into a powerful tool for change. Attention is given as well to a Group or Organization that endeavors to arrest, contain, or reverse environmental damage and preserve our natural world for future generations.

As the public becomes increasingly aware of global warming and the unhealthy repercussions of heedless consumption of environmentally harmful products, people are more and more choosing to commit to greener, healthier lifestyles. We are all learning how to make conscious choices that reduce our use of natural resources and ideally serve to protect and sustain them.

Welcome also to my book titled LOLA, Lots of Love Always, which is aimed at young women but is a good read for everyone. It shows how to live a sustainable lifestyle and make healthy choices that are good for you and the planet at large. You are welcome to read the LOLA Blog, which has been archived on my site.

~Invest in the future by taking care of the present~

Priscilla Woolworth

What’s New

  • Recipe, Summer 2018 Almanac

    Stinging Nettle Tea

    Nettles are often ingested in tea form, which has been observed to have potent effects on the body.

  • Eco Tip, Summer 2018 Almanac

    Find a Sit Spot

    Maintaining a sit spot is one of the most profound activities you can undertake. It hones your observational skills, helping you learn about the woods, and how the forest or trees change.

  • Nature News, Summer 2018 Almanac

    Eat Stinging Nettles

    Stinging Nettles contain vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few. It also has amino acids and antioxidants, which may help fight free radicals.