It always amazes me when the last Friday of the month comes round. These months are galloping by at a fast pace. The last Friday of the month is the day on which bloggers from around the world post a good news story, one that is uplifting and shows humanity in action. It reminds us that good things do happen, that people do look out for each other, and

that necessity is often the mother of invention.

There are so many stories I could have chosen. Communities are taking things into their own hands, fixing potholes, collecting trash, cleaning up rivers, things that should be the responsibility of the municipalities who have absconded their duties. Monies for these purposes have gone into back pockets. People are beginning to realise how their municipalities and our government have utterly failed them. I’m talking about all of us, not just ‘them’.

I like this story from Good Things Guy. It’s a quick read and shows how momentum is built (link below).

Along with Eric Lahti at….. I am co-hosting this month. We hope you pop in to his and other stories and please share them on social media to spread uplifting news, whether of an individual or a community or organisation.

If you’d like to connect your blog and help spread a little joy it’s easy to sign up. You can check it out here: here.

Thank you for reading. I hope this finds you all well and may the Force be with you. Have a great weekend. Below are photos from my home, the full moon Wednesday night (the lunar eclipse not visible here in South Africa) the sunrise and sunset on Thursday –

43 Comments on #WATWB – garbage to green

  1. Got to love it. Some things we can make more of, but land isn’t one of them. I love the idea of recycling land so it can become useful for more than just chucking trash on.

    • Thanks Eric for coming by … I guess it shows an awareness and appreciation of the land to use it for some of its function. Thanks for co-hosting this month, about to check on all the other posts – a little way to go still. Have a great week.

  2. Reusing a neglected space to make something for everyone seems like such an intuitive idea–but it isn’t all that usual. Thanks for highlighting the idea and for carrying forward the WATWB torch. I hope to join back some day soon.

    • Thanks for coming by Donna – soon it’ll be the solstice and then the swing yet again … too fast for this gal and it seems you feel the same!

  3. I left my comment at the wrong site, but was told about my mistake–so here it is.
    How wonderful. I hope they’ll have a good protective fence for their produce. I love a happy story and you’ve shared one, Susan. Thank you for hope. I’m learning that working locally (food bank, hospice, protecting clean water, etc.) has better results than trying to have an impact on a national or state level.

    • It happens – answering on the wrong site! Thanks to whoever alerted you Elaine. I get the sense that individuals and communities are realising they can do better than those on national and state level … thanks for highlighting this.

  4. We see that here too, with trillions being spent, money that will burden future generations forever maybe. Thank you for the uplifting thoughts.

  5. Ah, I missed this one since we were camping. Love this reuse of a neglected space to make something for all. Thanks, Susan!

  6. Hi Susan – thank you so much … so interesting to read … I must come back and explore more. The Good Things Guys have really inspired us all … and yes so many volunteers do so much for others. I need to see the video … and will be back. It’s wonderful when so many different aspects are brought together … seeds from the farm, hands from so many generous volunteers, ideas and help from others … and thanks to all #WATWB participants. Love the moons … stay safe – Hilary

    • Thanks for coming by Hilary. Am going to pop over to yours in a moment or so. I saw it earlier on my phone. Just back from a lovely stroll on Keurbooms beach and a coffee tout sole at a nearby cafe. Glad you liked the post, you too stay safe, Susan

  7. I always enjoy the GOOD and the GREEN here. Thanks for sparking up my weekend with a recital of great news — for the environment and beyond. 😀

    • Thanks Marian, definitely good news everywhere among all else … hope your long weekend is great and Happy Memorial Day 🙂

  8. Thanks for another good news item. Got a few more chores to do this weekend before I get something out. But I can’t miss it.

  9. Very interesting story. It is amazing how ingenious some people are. They see the opportunities that the rest of us miss.

    • Thanks Ally Bean – I like your comment ‘They see the opportunities that the rest of us miss’. Pretty often necessity is the mother of invention I think.

  10. So much good can come of working together as a community. Thanks for sharing the story and your wonderful pictures, as well as for being a part of #WATWB.

  11. Susan, you have stunning pictures, plus, it is so wonderful to hear that communities are working to shape up the world. We need SO MUCH more wonderful, thoughtful things to happen as my side of the world worries me as there is so much trauma taking place.

    Thank you for your positive pictures of the world. They make my day!

    • I’m glad that the pics and the story brightened your day Gwynn. Believe me, so much drek is happening this side of the world, it leaves us breathless. I hope your walks around your beautiful area of Paulsboro brings you relief from the other realities.

  12. It amazes me, too, Susan how fast the month goes by. I love your hopeful, positive sentence “there are so many stories I could have chosen.” Stunning photos! A humorous and initially sad story about Ethan (and happy Eric’s dog is now okay). I always appreciate the good news stories. Have a great day, Susan! ❤️

    • Thanks so much Erica! Eric’s (nearly your namesake) posts are always humorous or snarky as he would say. Have a lovely weekend – the last of May 🙂 xx

  13. Wow! That is a good news story, Susan. I love to hear of individuals deciding to make a difference on their own. A community garden is wonderful in so many different ways.

    • Thanks for coming by Norah. There are stories of home owners planting veg on the verges outside their homes for those in need who want to take some, which in turn gives those, the passersby the idea of maybe they can also do this –

  14. Good morning, Susan. Thank you for sharing this story.I hope that community garden lasts. Thank you for your beautiful photos, too. I love that moon that looks like a beacon!

  15. Thank you so much Susan for sharing this positive story. What a brilliant community initiative led by young men! Do you know if the word “Plaskinders” have a meaning?

    That photograph of the full moon this week is awesome, sunsets too. What a view you have! I’ll check out a few of the other #WATWB posts too. Love and light, Deborah.

    • Thanks for coming by Deborah – yes a positive story, one of many thankfully! Plaas, an Afrikaans word (note 2 ‘a’s) means farm in English and kinders is also Afrikaans for children. So, Plaskinders means farm children, loosely translated. Afrikaans is one of our many languages in SA, it’s origin in Dutch Huguenot settlers centuries back. ‘Ek kan die taal praat ‘n bietjie’ means ‘I can speak the language a bit’. Apart from this very simple example it is a lovely almost guttural language and extremely expressive and poetic. Have a lovely weekend, love and light to you, Susan

      • Ah, “farm children”, that makes sense. I wondered why I was so struck by the word and now I know why … it’s because I still think of myself as a farm child still. Thank you so much Susan for explaining this to me. It’s a bank holiday weekend here in the UK so a longer one! Hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

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