Living Small in a Big World

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live small? To not be afraid to not consume? To live within your means and not out of it? For the past year, my family and I have been living small. It means we’ve made a conscious effort not to consume more than we should. Which is hard with a son who is addicted to lego…..But for us, it has meant living in a way where we are conscious of what we buy, and how we shop.

Bombarding my partner with seed catalogues, we’ve planted a vegetable garden – this is our second summer here, so we’ve been building up the soil, and planting from seed. Nothing beats your own homegrown tomatoes and strawberries. I joined an organisation that actively promotes heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetables, and read the library out of books on the subject of vegetable growing.

We inherited a stray dog, who has become best friends with our son. She’s taken care of the exercise element being a large dog with boundless energy. (A reason perhaps she was abandoned on the streets?)

My son and I have taken the bus to his kindergarten, even when the weather was grim, and we had to change buses at a cold bus interchange. Who knew how much fun it could be riding the back seat around roundabouts?

We’ve started small this year, and plan to continue…..come join us on this ride and see where it will take us….


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3 thoughts on “Living Small in a Big World

  1. Muriel December 17, 2012 at 1:35 am Reply

    You’ve been doing a great job. We have “downsized” as well, moving from a large house to 37′ bus. Like you, we learnt the difference between need and want – a philosophy learnt when backpacking around New Zealand. All power to you and yours – I do hope you receive more and more encouragement and support and perhaps inspire others to do the same! Well done!!!! Much love M

  2. Fiona December 17, 2012 at 2:27 am Reply

    What a fab idea! So true – home grown tomatoes so yum! Keep blogging – would love to follow your journey.

  3. spicejac December 17, 2012 at 9:10 am Reply

    Thank you for the love and support – and will keep up the blogging. And yes that’s my motto knowing the difference between wanting and needing. We have to learn how to do this and live as sustainably as possible.

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