• Radical Homemaking Week (3): Dispelling the Myth of Self Sufficiency

    Many of us who hark after a “simpler” life have grand visions of “self sufficiency”. My secret mental tick list includes: *Growing and preserving all our own fruit and veg *Home cooking all our own food *Filling our house with handmade craft *Having chickens…and a […]

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  • Radical Homemakers (2) Value beyond Money

    If our freedom is tied to the ability to buy what we need, then we are not independent at all. Radical Homemakers My time is a precious commodity. I have never been willing to take on a career which ruled my life, though the necessity […]

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  • Radical Homemaking Week: (1) Beyond Housewives and Feminism

    Welcome to Radical Homemaking week here at Dreaming Aloud! For an introduction to the Radical Homemakers book see here…   IS THIS IT? I wrote in my journal a few weeks back, after weeks of being housebound with a sick family and icy roads. Endless cooking, cleaning, tidying, […]

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  • Radical Homemaking Week: Welcome!

    I want to write about Radical Homemakers the book and radical homemaking in my own life. But it’s so big! I don’t know where to start. So I think this will be Radical Homemaking week here at Dreaming Aloud… Part 1: Beyond Feminism and Housewives […]

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  • Joy Pockets

    BBC Radio 4 – almost all of it spring in the air – even though it’s mid January Saturday Pizzas good friends stormy nights baths with my husband cheeky baby smiles 2 year old cat dances a boy who can’t stop eating a functioning car […]

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  • A Life Affirming Luncheon

    Saturday Pizzas. These two words sum up why I love to live here. Locally produced, organic, well-cooked food, served up with lashings of community spirit, in a funky cafe, overlooking gorgeous gardens and the sea on the horizon. Only five minutes walk from the Pink […]

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  • Book review: Radical Homemakers

    YES! YES! YES!That’s what I think. With every page that I read. YES! That’s me! That’s why we’re doing it! That’s who we are! That’s how we live! It has reconfirmed our life path, our journey, our motivation, our daily choices to me.The back blurb […]

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  • Breastfeeding – No hardlines here…just plenty of soft curves!

    As regular readers and good friends know, the one thing you don’t find here is hardlines, or heavy dogma. Lots of ranting, and U turns and experiments and latest passions. A pretty hop and skip over the picket fence and back which divides the mainstream […]

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  • Dancing girls

    The sun is shining. “Let’s go out for a walk,” I suggest.“Don’t wanna go out, mum!” my older daughter insists.“We can go and see the chickens, and the pigs,” I wheedle.“Don’t wanna go!” The tone is being ramped up. I cannot face another tantrum. We […]

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  • The Watchful Buddha Boy

    Welcome to the January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Learning from children This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared the many lessons their children have taught […]

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