The benefits of the modest lemon

Throughout history people have used taken advantage of the benefits of the modest lemon. People have used lemons not just as a flavourful food ingredient but also for its health and other practical benefits. The following (incomplete) list of benefits will hopefully motivate everyone to plant a lemon tree now. Culinary benefits of lemons Lemons … Read more

Too much!

Garage full of stuff

It’s all too much! The following list of data* highlights the fact that people in modern economies, like America, have too much stuff. Not only is it more stuff than is needed for a life of well-being, but it is also weighing us down, it is a burden in the true sense of the word. 1. … Read more

10 reasons we have stuff we don’t use

Garage full of stuff

The 80:20 principle says that you will use 80% of your things 20% of the time – and 20% of your things 80% of the time. The fact is that most of us have plenty of stuff in cupboards, drawers, sheds and garages that we NEVER use!!! It is worth considering why we don’t use … Read more

The benefits of round houses

Round houses, Round house

In the past, round houses were much more common. Traditional circular shelters include igloos, tipis, African mud brick huts, yurts and British and European roundhouses. They were the shape of choice because they were strong, energy efficient, good for ventilation and air circulation, less vulnerable in strong winds and they used the least amount of … Read more

Eating wisely

It was the author of The Omnivores Dilemma, Michael Pollan, who summed up the wisest diet with the epigram: Eat food, mostly plants, not too much. He expanded on this pithy advice in an article for Time Magazine called “Six Rules for Eating Wisely”. Having done research for his book Pollan found that the way … Read more

Christmas on the run

Sustainable Christmas Gifts

For many people Christmas is the most stressful time of the year. It shouldn’t be. Yes, Christmas is a traditional time of giving, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. But what are we giving? Ourselves a heart attack, it seems. Christmas advertising seems to start earlier each year. This may not be the case … Read more

Soft landing or brutal crash?

Soft landing or brutal crash

Energy will never be as cheap as it is now. The question is do we act now and transition to a low-energy society while energy is still cheap, or do we paint ourselves into a corner? Global trade will only work until cheap fossil fuels run out. This is definitely going to happen (read more about … Read more

8 good reasons to take your kids camping

Camping with the family

There are many good reasons why you should get your kids out camping. It might be easier to stay at home where everything is convenient, where there are wall-sockets, appliances and gadgets, but then you and your children miss out on the joy and many benefits of camping. 1.     Camping is a treat for all the family … Read more

Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese way of finding beauty in imperfection, richness in natural things and reverence of the simple and authentic. It is an acceptance of the transience of nature and the natural cycle of birth, growth, death and decay. Flaws and imperfections are also part of nature. They provide an interestingness that pushes something from merely pretty … Read more

Small is beautiful

E.F. (Fritz) Schumacher (1911-1977) was a German-born British economist, writer and social commentator. He is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale technologies, decentralisation of production, cooperative ownership and conservation of natural capital. He believed that economics has become abstract and misses it’s essential purpose because it is not … Read more