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


Last week, I called it a day on a contracting gig – my main external work – which made up over half of my not-exactly-massive monthly income. In many ways, it was a great job (and I’m not just saying that because I know three people from the company are probably reading this… ;) ) [...]

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I thought I’d share a little link love this afternoon – stuff I’ve seen on other frugal living, growing & cooking sites that I think you might enjoy too. First up, Kate from Living the Frugal Live has revisited two seasonal posts from last year: her quick & easy leaf compost trick and collecting & [...]

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In a couple of weeks, I’m planning to take a week’s holiday from work to mark of some projects that are coming to an end. It’ll be the first week I’ve had off work in over four and a half years. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to it. I sometimes forget how much value [...]

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Over on Recycle This today, I’ve asked: What can I reuse or recycle to make a moneybox/piggy bank? As I say in the post over there, my first project needing a moneybox is to retrospectively pay for the automatic chicken pophole door we bought last week. But I’d also like other piggybanks to set aside [...]

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I read a lot of frugal living blogs and blogs by growers & cooks – people who aren’t necessarily as geeky as me because they’re too busy doing what they love to be glued to their computers like I am – and recently I’ve noticed a number of people using copyrighted/watermarked images, or not being [...]

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When I was trying to come up with a name for this blog, I spent a lot of time thinking about the different words and definitions for someone in my situation. The phrase I repeatedly kept coming back to was “self-sufficient” but that’s just wrong. Now I know there are a few people who are [...]

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