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How do kitchen crew?

Pictured: Not George Iona! This anonymous coconut tree climber is harvesting the tasty treats at the top of the tree!

Now, you all know just how much I love trees and anything tree-related – I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was today when I learned about a new timber-centric sport which is just absolutely fantabulous! A gentleman from the beautiful Cook Islands, in the South Pacific, has been crowned the first winner of the world championships in coconut tree climbing. You read that correctly, my fun-lovin’ friends – coconut tree climbing has a new champion and his name is George Iona.

Coconut trees are a view to behold and whilst I have never clambered to the top of one myself, I suspect the sights to be seen from the top are quite spectacular; the competition was held in French Polynesia which looks incredible enough from the ground.

Coconut tree climbing is traditionally done to harvest the delectable coconuts at the top, and the competition is a celebration of the skills handed down over many generations. Now, these guys make it look incredibly easy – George Iona won the race in just 5.62 seconds – but climbing a coconut tree is trickier than it looks. It seems many pros use rope or cotton tied between their feet to act as a hold on the tree trunk as they go, holding with their arms then moving their legs, then holding with their feet and ties to move their arms up – the rope stops them sliding back down the tree. Some crazy climbers just do it with bare hands and feet, but with some trees reaching 60 feet tall I think I’ll just leave it to the professionals!

If you don’t plan on climbing coconut trees any time soon there are a multitude of things that you can do with a coconut. The delicious fleshy inside has a mellow flavour which can be used for sweet or savoury dishes, with coconut milk and cream being particularly popular in curries in its native lands. The tough outer hussk has been historically used to make armour but is now used in a range of products from compost to furniture construction. No wonder those guys want to get to the top of the trees so quickly! What is your favourite use for coconuts? Let us know!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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greetings nature appreciators!

As an avid fan of the outdoors AND kitchens, it will probably come as no surprise to you all that I am a big picnic lover. I recently stumbled upon some incredible new eco-friendly picnic ware that I could not wait to share with you today!

We have known for a long time that disposable food containers are no good for mother Earth, and there are already a variety of biodegradable options available – so what makes these so special? I am glad you asked, my kitchen companions!

German company, Leaf Republic, are taking the disposable wooden picnic ware and are making plates from leaves instead of the timber itself.

These fantabulous plates take just 28 days to biodegrade – 28 days I tell you! For a little context, a biodegradable plastic plate takes from 3 – 6 months and a paper plate can take anything up to 5 whole years! Wowzers! Leaf Republic make the plates with leaves covering water-proof leaf-made paper and they do not use any glue, colourings or synthetic additives at all. How do they hold the plate together? I hear you cry – good question, culinary crew! They are, of course, stitched together using fibres from the very palm leaves from which they are created.

I personally think the best thing about this picnic ware is that not one single, solitary tree has been cut down to make the products, as they are made from leaves which are collected from the forest floor. Cool, huh? They deliver worldwide – if you want to learn more or buy some for yourself, check out their website.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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howdy ho solid wood aficionados!

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine as much as I am right now my kitchen comrades! I know it isn’t often that the Great British weather behaves like this, so I for one am trying my darndest to make the most of it before we’re back to the persistent drizzle we’re more acclimatised to. Now, I can understand why kitchen showrooms are not, typically, the first place that people head in a heatwave, but it is important that you enjoy the sun responsibly and ensure you get plenty of rest in the shade – our showrooms could be the perfect location for some respite.

This shot from our kitchen showroom in the Gloucestershire showroom is as beautiful to me as views of the British countryside on a sunny summers day!

Our solid wood kitchen showrooms are a fantabulous place to start if you are looking for inspiration for your new kitchen. We have a range of styles, colours and configurations set out for you to peruse at your own pace, with helpful kitchen advisors on hand to answer any questions you may have. For charming cabinets, stunning splashbacks and wonderful wooden worktops galore, we have a number of showrooms throughout the country – we’ve tried to spread out across the UK to ensure that as many solid wood kitchen lovers as possible can see our sumptuous showrooms!

Live a little far out from the locations of our kitchen showrooms? Our sample service is the next best thing. For a small cost, we will deliver samples of work surfaces, cabinets and kitchen doors – so you can see how great everything will look together in your home before you order. What are you waiting for my kitchen companions!?

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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Our wicker storage drawers are perfect for a country kitchen

whats crackalackin my kitchen comrades?

I am full of apologies today as I have made an unfortunate oversight. Our wonderful wicker storage drawers have been available for some time now, and I have yet to discuss these amazing alternatives to regular drawers, so to make up for it I am going to give you the low-down on them now!

Available in two different sizes, these hand-made wicker baskets look splendiferous in a country kitchen and are a stylish way to store all manner of items. Fresh fruits and veggies are best, as the structure of the woven wicker allows air to circulate around, keeping your five-a-day fresher for longer!

Our wonderful wicker storage drawers feature a solid oak surround to ensure they blend in with the rest of your beautiful oak kitchen, and to make sure they stay in tip-top condition for years to come! They are also supplied with solid oak runners that can be screwed directly into any unit or alcove in your kitchen – or any other room in the house for that matter!

So there you have it, deTerrorinos – add our wonderful wicker storage drawers to your order today!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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greetings eco-kitchen lovers!

Wow! I cannot believe I’m on entry three hundred and fifty – time certainly does fly when you are having fun!

I am incredibly proud of deTerra’s green credentials and we work hard to ensure that the products we use are as environmentally friendly as possible. Ever the bearer of brilliant news, I recently stumbled upon a company called The Cheeky Panda and I must say that – whilst they may find their way into my bathroom rather than the kitchen – I am already a huge fan. Harnessing the renewable nature of bamboo, they have created a splendiferous collection of luxury tissue products that are giving back to the environment!

Unsurprisingly, the team at The Cheeky Panda make some alterations to natural bamboo before it reaches you in tissue form!

Whilst we all know that this giant natural grass is good for making bamboo worktops, these guys use bamboo to produce toilet roll and facial tissues which promise to be kind to your skin as well as the Earth. The Cheeky Panda announced last month that they are now completely carbon balanced and are also working to support the World Land Trust in looking after a very important part of Vietnamese rainforest that supports a number of endangered and vulnerable mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. The Cheeky Panda range is available from a variety of health stores and online retailers, and is an excellent way to bring sustainability to other parts of your home outside of the kitchen!

Thanks to our fantabulous bamboo worktops, we already know just how sustainable bamboo is, and there are already loads of other brilliant bamboo products you can buy if protecting the environment is your bag! Would you be willing to swap your regular tissue for this exciting eco alternative? Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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