Knowing my interest in sustainable living someone suggested I read “Earth Garden” an Australian magazine produced in WA. Found in larger libraries … my local one here would qualify as a tiny library. Only the size of the average lounge room there is not space for much. But fifteen minutes drive away is the library that has it all. The back copies are well worth reading.

 Browsing my way through the five I bought home there is a repetitive theme on tiny homes, chooks, organic gardening and most things pertaining to the alternative lifestyle.

 One writer really stood out, Jackie French is a well published and well-known Australian! Has published many children’s so I’m guessing that Norah may already know her. But having lived abroad for years there is much I have missed here.

 Anyway for the Aussie readers … or the keen ones abroad you can order both this magazine and her books on line. Here are a few nuggets to give you a taste:

 Earth Garden

  • hempcrete is the ‘new’ you beaut building material, easier than mud bricks
  • some chooks lay more than others but bullying, stress, diet, water do impact
  • cut out an old water tank for privacy for my outdoor solar shower or bbq pit
  • self-sufficiency does take more effort but is well worthwhile

 Jackie French

  • “junk thrust in my face, shopping as entertainment to till up empty lives”
  • “working with and for others makes us happier and more fulfilled”
  • “each day give random gifts eg smile or share something”
  • “surround yourself with good people doing good things … find your community”