Monday, 9 July 2012

The 200th post

I've had a flurry of posts in the past weeks - now the deafening silence.
Considering part of my day time job is consulting with the community on a regular basis I should extend it to my blogging life and ask you why you read or subscribe to this particular blog?

Is it reading philosophical/environmental raves (rants)? Recipes? Sustainable building? Sustainable living in general? Because Trev and Cal are as cute as buttons (oh, how Caleb would hate that).

What would you like to read more of?  What would you like less of?

27 comments:

Anna said...

I read your book a few years ago, and was hooked on the stories of sustainable living, particularly living with goat, chickens, etc. Loving the stories about building the house, gardening, and animals - sustainability in hardcore practice.

knutty knitter said...

Definitely the cute as buttons bit :)

He he!

And because you write interesting stuff in an interesting way and all the other bits too.

viv in nz

Den and Cath said...

Hi Linda,

Like Anna I read your book a few years ago - it came hot on the heels of Animal vegetable miracle by Barbara Kingsolver - and was inspired by your journey. Having built a strawbale in Ipswich I was also interested in how the new place went.
I try to live more sustainably and I am always on the lookout for knowledge on how to live more off the land... it's not always easy, as your last posts indicated.
Denise

Lucy Mayne said...

I read mostly for the "sustainable living in general" posts, though I enjoy the others too.

Sharon said...

Hi Linda,
Like Anna I also read your book a few years ago. I loved your writing style and felt I was along with you on your journey with the goats, chickens and garden. It inspired me to do more in my garden.
You have lots of knowledge on sustainability and I always learn something new from you.
So like Anna said...sustainability in practice.

bev said...

I met you and Trev and Caleb through your book and love what you do and how you are an example to all of us.

All and any information is welcome. I'm hoping there's a new book about your experiences in Tassie in the offing.

As a fellow blogger I know how hard it is to keep those posts coming. There seem to be less days in the week than there used to be.

The Teaching Of Thom said...

sustainable living and life...loved your book would love to hear more about your lifestyle and food production in Tassie

Jo said...

I like to read of what you are doing and how you are doing it and how you overcame the problems you encountered along the way - or didn't. Just sustainable life in general, really. I'm even happy to have the odd recipe along the way.

We are trying to live a bit more sustainably and it is great to hear about others who are moving along the same road except that you are way further along than us.

Special K said...

I read it for all those reasons ...

Wendy said...

I've always been interested in permaculture and when I read your book it inspired me to look for land in Tas.We purchased 7 acres in the Nth West and would love to hear how you started building,when you put in the vegie patch,orchard,whether you lived on the land while you were building and how Trev learnt to build a strawbale home.Were the local council easy to get along with and did you have electricity(I know you had a solar panel connected) and water connected or did you have to get in rainwater tanks?

narf77 said...

I started by reading the book and we inherited 4 acres in the North of Tasmania that we are slowly turning into an edible food forest using permaculture principals. Part of our attempt to minimise cost (penniless out of work hippies don't have all that much moola to spare ;) ) was to head to Polytechnic and learn as much about horticulture as we could which leads us to now, halfway through our Diploma of Landscape Design and still crazy madly in love with all things sustainable. I love your down to earth approach, your humour and your ability to share and that's what keeps me coming back for more :) Any recipes for anything sustainable are an added (but MUCH appreciated) bonus.

Dianne said...

for pure inspiration!!

Jessie said...

I can't even remember how I tripped across your blog but I haven't stopped following since and get hugely excited to see another post. Mostly I read because you're inspiring! We are tree-changing soon, hopefully to 1/2 acre, and I can use all the inspiration and encouragement I get.

Anonymous said...

I read your blog because you are such an inspiration. I remember when you were planning to live self sufficiently. It took years to just get to the point where you could start that experiment. But you did it. How long did you live in a caravan in freezing Tasmania? I think you are amazing! I too love your book and I love reading about your new sustainable life in Tassie. There are very few people with the drive and passion that you have and even fewer who make their desires a reality. I would love to read more about your vegetable patch, the house and the other positive things you are doing within your community. Jayne
Ps I know the black background is energy saving but......it hurts my eyes to read more than a few lines.

Linda Cockburn said...

Thanks Jayne.
We spent five years in a shed and caravan. We've sold the caravan, dismantled the bathroom, use the shed for storage (and I can't walk in there without saying, oh my god we lived in here for how long?).
Everyone is saying what a cold winter it's been, and I refute it. But realise it's because for us it's been the warmest.

And, just for you, I've converted to a new blog template, hopefully easier to read. I'm assuming your last name starts with P? :-)

Anonymous said...

Yes - and I love the new look!!! Thanks ;)

Somerled_1 said...

Hi Linda!

I finally finished 'Who Killed Dave?" and what a great read! I grew up in Qld, so a lot of things were so easy to relate to!

My better half has started reading "Living the Good Life", and so I'll have to wait a while before it gets back to me again , so I can read more.

Great books, keep the faith and fight the good fight!

Cheers, Bryan (NOT David!)from the North West!

Les Foster said...

Fell in love with your book on living, love your blog. Would love to see more posts of the same! What you have on your blog now is great just not enough of it!

Tania @ Out Back said...

I visit your blog because after reading your fabulous book, you sparked my interest and I was keen to read and learn more :)

I enjoy reading the posts you write. I am trying to live a simplier life and your blog helps keep me inspired :)

Tania

Jan Morrison said...

like many of the others I started reading your blog because I'd read your book. I have three blogs that I try and post on regularly and because I'm a writer and have been on a seriously fun writing jag for the past two months I've been slacking off on the visiting part. I know that with one of my blogs - Living the Complicated Simple Life - I don't post on a regular basis so I don't get comments either. On my writing blog - Jan Morrison, This Crazy Writing Life - I get a goodly number of comments. still..it falls down when I'm not visiting others' blogs. So, kind of like a garden I guess!

Wombat said...

I read your blog for the wonderful way you share your sustainable lifestyle.
I laugh with you , I feel for you when one of you is ill, I love your house and your pets.

I read living the good life ages ago and loved it. I read who killed dave and loved that too.

Ravs said...

Me too- read your book over a year ago. I'm mostly into the sustainability aspect - getting more & more ideas of how to move our lives further in that direction.
Ravs. (www.ravsrecreations.blogspot.com)

Ravs said...

I read your book Living the Good Life a couple of years ago & found your blog some time later, after I started blogging myself (www.ravsrecreations.blogspot.com). You are writing more often now than when I first started reading.
I am inspired by your determination and read for the inspiration & the ideas on moving to a more sustainable live ourselves.
All the best
Ravs

Anonymous said...

Cute Cute Cute!!!

Alison said...

I've been following you since buying your book several years ago and enjoy hearing how you are all going. We have a son about Caleb's age, and also a 4 year old daughter. He is more interested in computers and game consoles, but she would live in the garden if we let her. We are looking to find a few acres south of Hobart in the future, on which to expand our plantings to include fruit trees etc, and despite your advice, a couple of pigs. We have spent the past 15 years in Broken Hill, so look forward to milder weather, and a bit of rain hopefully! Oh, and I read your stuff because it's interesting, insightful and often quite funny!

Alison said...

I've been following you since buying your book several years ago and enjoy hearing how you are all going. We have a son about Caleb's age, and also a 4 year old daughter. He is more interested in computers and game consoles, but she would live in the garden if we let her. We are looking to find a few acres south of Hobart in the future, on which to expand our plantings to include fruit trees etc, and despite your advice, a couple of pigs. We have spent the past 15 years in Broken Hill, so look forward to milder weather, and a bit of rain hopefully! Oh, and I read your stuff because it's interesting, insightful and often quite funny!

louiseallana said...

I picked up your book in an airport bookshop, and that's how I found your blog. As for what I want to see - more pictures!