The Europeans seem to set the pace in so many aspects of being green, I suspect that living in an area of high population density where you have many neighbours — literally and on your national borders — makes you more conscious of the outward effects of your personal decisions.
Though I’m not a girly girl I do use skincare products as well as some makeup, I like to know what I’m using, what’s in it and where it came from. My serendipitous stumble onto Nath’s blog last year has been a total win.
With Anna inspiring me domestically and creatively, Brydie getting me baking and planting, it’s surely time to kick back with a book so that means dropping in on Lyn. I first stumbled across Lyn’s blog several years ago, it was a serendipitous discovery as Lyn is both widely read and in-depth read in so many areas.
In her blog header she quotes Logan Pearsall Smith aphorism“Some people say life is the thing, but I prefer reading” which made me laugh out loud when I first caught sight of it and isn’t it true in so many ways?
Creating one’s virtual tribe is one of the joys of the Internet. Through social media, blogs and forums we can get to know people who share our values, seek similar sorts of information or share skills we wish to learn. Finding my tribe is a delicious and continuing adventure, the fact that you are here reading indicates you’re one of my tribe.
I don’t recall how I first linked to Anna’s blog but I do remember the first post I read Clothesline Raptures. It seemed to me that anyone who could talk about pegging out clothes with such transparent joy had to be a kindred spirit.
Anna’s straightforward articulate writing, centering on home and family along with the simple joys of daily living, spoke to me immediately and continues to do so years later.
I am inspired by what Anna achieves within her home, in her personal creative pursuits, in homeschooling her children, in hosting people in her home, all while living simply and thriftily.
What I particularly like about Anna is that while she aims high, she neither holds herself to perfection nor pretends to achieve perfection. Prolific she may be in creative output, hosting celebrations, learning new skills but scattered throughout her blog you’ll find posts on how she achieves these through thinking, planning and — I would be remiss if I did not say — her abiding faith.
I applaud Anna’s philosophy that the house or garden needn’t be perfect before she sits down, that there is no rule that everyone in the house gets to play “except Mother” and I love how she actively engages in the small pleasures of the everyday.
Having homeschooled her four (now) adult children and still homeschooling her fifth (youngest), she has much experience to share. In her popular Homeschool Heresies post she urges parents to:
5. Live an interested life. I cannot put this in bold enough face. You are interpreting the world to your child. Is it fascinating for you? Are you engaged in creating, in thinking, in knowing people? Do you make music, take pictures, cook, teach yourself to sew, hike someplace new, learn to fish, eat at a new restaurant, take the back way into town? Are you reading about the history of mental illness, repairing furniture, learning to oil paint? *Show* your child how interesting the world is, and they will love to learn.
Would that we all did that, homeschoolers, parents or otherwise.
It was 2008 or 2009 when I first met my friend Rhonda online. We were born some years apart in the same city, we were each in our sixth decade when we baby boomers met, I was still negotiating territory that Rhonda was firmly walking so her prior experience catapulted me joyfully into the “bloom where you are planted” country.
It was both a relief and a serendipitous meeting for me.
Previously Tony and I had tried to negotiate how we might become self sufficient and it left us more stressed than fulfilled. Finding an affordable few acres, managing those few acres while working for a wage and remaining green throughout was a big big ask.
When I stumbled across Rhonda’s blog her “simple living” take offered a doable concept able to be practiced here, in our home, with no financial investment, no tree or sea change, all we had to do was adapt what we had and what we wanted to do.
So we did.
We had changed careers, we were running our own business after years of working for mainstream employers but we were doing it on our terms. To shake up the mix we tripled the size of our house after we left teaching (to blend three houses into one home) so we weren’t following the expected middle age downsizing formula.