• I see you baby!

    I write very few gloating mama posts. In general one’s pride in one’s own children does not translate well to others. But I cannot resist… Baby Ash is ten and a half months old. It seems every day we have a new achievement to cheer […]

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  • Joy Pockets

    snowdrops mud between my fingers my baby walking around the garden for the first time in delight a very popular blog posting vietnamese pork stew pregnant friends  my dancing girls the election being called – and Brian Cowen (Irish Premier) finally realising he is persona non grata […]

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  • YES! A big shout out

    I have just come across a new idea right up my street in YES! magazine  which author Chuck Collins, a senior researcher at the US Institute for Policy Studies, refers to as Common Security Clubs. Those who have been interested in my Transition Family posts and this […]

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  • Radical Homemakers (4) Some niggling issues

    Wherever there are radical ideas there are nay sayers and vituperative opposition. Radical Homemakers is not for everyone. This goes without saying. Not everyone aspires to living on less, environmental sustainability, doing instead of buying. But no one is saying you have to. I take issue with […]

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  • 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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