Sharing The Journey

It is oft said that company makes a journey far more enjoyable.  I don’t know who first said it, but they were certainly right.

Imagine my surprise, (more like bursting with pride) when I checked my Facebook timeline the other day and found this post.

Sharing the journey

It fills me with joy that Kim is my life partner and is sharing the journey that we have chosen, along side of me.

I do not lead.  She does not follow.  We walk side by side in the quest to live more sustainably each day.  Some days we win, others are not so victorious, but we travel together, always.

I don’t think that I have ever said that sustainable/simple living was ever easy (well maybe once).  If I have, then I must have had a few too many home brews that night when I was writing that post!  But don’t get me wrong, it is certainly a lifestyle worth pursuing, now more than ever.

In a society that embraces the consumer culture as the norm and living in the rat race is an everyday occurrence for most, it makes me feel incredibly alive that I left that lifestyle behind long ago.  The hedonism of today is a disease inflicted upon many who follow it.   Constant need for entertainment, consumerism gone wild, mixed in with bouts of boredom, guilt and financial stress.  It doesn’t seem worth the hassle to me or the financial heartache, because I know from experience that it will more often than not end in tears and suffering.

Give someone a suburban yard with space to grow veg, raise chooks, plant a couple of dozen fruit trees, among other green endeavours and living a simple life with an understanding partner and family that supports them, you will find a very happy individual.  For they have built and grown an honest and practical life for themselves, learning skills for the future–whatever that may bring–leaving behind the trap of consumerism.

That is why I am so thankful that Kim wrote that Facebook post.  It may seem like such a little thing, but it confirms to me that we are indeed on the right path and gives me the courage to keep keeping it real.

So today, wherever they may be, here’s to supportive partners everywhere.  May they be loved and treasured and travel together far sharing the journey for a long, long time.

We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. ~ Earl Nightingale

TGoG Podcast 099 – Old Things

Listen to the Episode Below (00:34:43)

Kim joins me on the show this week where we talk about our recent visit to the Mill Markets at Daylesford, Victoria.

This market had lots of very cool old stuff that we discuss during the show, which inevitably leads to a rant about designed obsolescence.

We finish off with a little bit of our philosophy about buying quality items and repair them if they break.

Some of the cool old things items we talk about are;

  • Cast iron clothes ironsOld Things - Soda Syphon
  • Hand sheep clippers
  • Scythes
  • Jaffle Maker
  • Hand Beater
  • Hand Drill
  • Singer Sewing Machine (hand and foot operated)
  • Tin snips
  • Vinyl Records (Ben had never seen one)
  • 21st Century TV Annual
  • TV chairs
  • Butter moulds
  • Typewriters
  • Soda Syphon

And probably a few things I didn’t list.  I am sure you will enjoy it.

Now for episode 100.  We are asking you all to send in voice mail questions via the speakpipe widget below so that Kim and I can answer them in the episode.

They can be about anything as long as the focus is on sustainable living.  Please record something, even if it is feedback about the show.  We want to make the next episode really special and memorable.

Don’t be shy, we would love to hear from you.  All you need is a PC, laptop, notebook, tablet, or smartphone and record your message.  It is as simple as that!  Don’t forget to play it back before sending to ensure it is audible.

So, until next episode, stay green and keep keen!

Electro-Gadget Madness

Electro-Gadget Madness

Electric can opener – Note the can. It is a ring pull. Oh the irony!

Here’s an observation.  Today it seems that for almost every task in the home there is now an electric-powered solution, whether it be a can opener, carving knife or an egg cracker (I kid you not).

These appliances may not all the be most energy-intensive products, but when you add all the energy consumption up and the materials need to manufacture and distribute them, you have to decide whether they are really worth it.

Wouldn’t traditional hand-operated devices be far more practical especially when they cost nothing to run, are cheaper to buy, and less prone to breaking?

We always choose hand-operated over electro-gadgets, but I don’t think this is the norm.  Mind you, I have even seen hand-operated gadgets that are simply a waste of space as well as being made from non-recyclable plastic.  Crazy stuff.

What is the strangest electro-gadget madness that you have seen that has a viable hand-operated alternative?  Let me know via comment and start a bit of a community thread happening.  This should be entertaining because I am sure there are lots of crazy things out there.

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