Easter is well and truly over. Schools are reopened. Its amazing how quickly you get into a routine again. I was enjoying the no pressure mornings though! Getting everyone dressed and out the door on time is a work out in itself.
We had a great visit to the zoo last week. I had my free vouchers with me which was lucky as it seems to go up in price every year. But its a real day out, mind you I think little people were as impressed with the playgrounds as they were with the animals!!
Last week I took part a consumer survey/meeting which was all about grocery shopping in the local area. It was held by a huge mutlinational supermarket to (I am guessing here) as to why they have lost business in the area.
The main reason seemed to be (poor fresh food and meat selection aside) was price. Obviously the dreadful economy and increased taxes and prices have affected all of us and the shopping habits of most Irish people have changed.
But what I found worrying is that no one (except me and one other) gave a thought as to the origin of any of the items they purchase. I have to admit this did surprise me a lot as I would have thought especially in the middle of the countryside that consumers would buy their meat and fresh fruit and vegetables from local sources.
I think the same logic follows through for handmade items. There is an automatic presumption that buying local or buying handmade is going to cost you a lot more. In most cases this is not true.
We really need a pro-active goverment and a lot of media focus on this issue.
I suppose all we can do is spread the word as much as possible!
All the best,
PS. If you are a meat eater, please do try your local butcher, most of the meat is cheaper than the supermarkets!