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This is mostly posts about simple/DIY living theory/concepts, link love and sometimes about blogging too.


“God made the first Christmas, and man has ever since been busy spoiling it. Year by year the propaganda of the shops grows increasingly active; and their suggestions for the keeping of that high feast … appear annually more elaborate and incongruous than ever before.” Agnes Jekyll, 1922.   (1922! Imagine what she’d think of [...]

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I follow a lot of frugal, green, simple living and growing blogs – some of my favourites are listed in the sidebar but I read many, many more. Amongst all the great advice and ideas, I’ve noticed that just about everyone has their own reason for being frugal or growing their own – and that’s [...]

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It’s super foggy here this morning so I need some ace inspiration to get going – and I thought you might need some too. Here are some of my favourite reads from the last few weeks… Ana White makes things that always excite me – demystifying woodwork and creating fab bits of furniture cheaply and [...]

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Last week, I wrote about how I cut our gas bill in half with just one phone call. Immediately after my phone call, I told a friend about the experience and he expressed surprise about how little gas we use – compared to him (he keeps records like I do) and compared to the national [...]

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As I said in my post about our fungi forage last weekend, that walk taught me to confidently identify about half a dozen wild mushroom species, and the wild food walk we did in the early summer taught me how to identify another half dozen things, mostly green leaves. These built on things I’d learnt [...]

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My week off is racing by and I’m trying to stay off my computer as much as possible because it’s like a black hole for my doing stuff energy… Yesterday was less productive than Monday & Tuesday – a long-long-long-awaited trip to the hairdressers (which made me feel more detached from mainstream society than ever!) [...]

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