Step Outside


Most of the time I write about things that I do in and around our own home.  These include many things that can be bundled under the guise of simple living such as growing fruit and vegetables, sewing and mending, cooking from scratch and decluttering.

Split wood

There is certainly enough to keep us occupied in our own corner of the world, but what about the bigger picture?  Whatever the reason, I do not think it is healthy to withdraw from the world around us.  Developing and maintaining connections with your neighbours and the broader community are vital to our well-being and possibly our ultimate survival.  If everything turns pear-shaped the first thing you will need is the support and co-operation of those around you.

There are so many exciting initiatives that have developed from a seed of an idea.  Some, such as Freecycle and LETS are relatively well-known, however, there are many less publicised ventures that are worthy of promotion.

I am planning a series of posts to highlight some of these ventures and how you can become involved and make a positive contribution to the community in which you live.  If you have any particular favourites that you would like to suggest please leave a comment or email me if you prefer.



3 thoughts on “Step Outside

  1. So true, I think the Mens Shed is great for the blokes. Gets them out, socialising and skill building. I donated a large amount of ‘stuff’ from my dads shed and have now commissioned them to build my chook house. Works both ways!

  2. I have heard of the Men’s Shed and in fact my mother donated a lot from my dad’s shed after he died. It is great that you will now benefit from their skills.

  3. Fairy, I look forward to your upcoming posts on community. I too feel the need to have a strong bond with my neighbors and do find everything I need locally when possible. If things do go “pear-shaped” as you said those bonds will help everyone pull together.

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