March 19, 2007
the simple life...
when i think about what is the most beneficial action i can take to reduce my impact upon the earth, it would have to be to live simply.
i have been inspired by draft-dodgers, hippies, and back-to-the-landers, ever since i was young. growing up on vancouver island, on the extreme west coast, i bore witness to many of these people as they chose to live what was then considered an "alternative lifestyle." entire families living in handbuilt surfing shacks on sombrio beach, vietnam dodgers living in their cabins or on their boats in some of the many remote coves that are dotted up and down the island. they all shared a common goal, to live simply with nature.
we are trying to do this in our own little way, here in our home smack in the middle of downtown vancouver, the second most expensive city in north america. we made a conscious decision to live with walking distance of work, and most amenities. we have space and light within our home, and finally a teeny, tiny, yard that we can start a small herb and food garden in. the yard is concrete, and because we are renters, we can't really have anything permanant, so we are building containers that will hold the garden above the ground.
as with tracy's quest to have a natural californian landscape around her house, i'll keep you posted on how our garden grows in future posts.
here are some links to my favourite books and blogs on simple living. i treasure them. i hope you will too.
the good life
the path to freedom
you grow girl