• 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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  • 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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