101 ways 'ish has changed your life

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Post: #99698 Annpan
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:52 am

I have been meaning to start this for some time now, while cutting my grass with my push power mower and spotting an area with fresh nettles I suddenly realised that had it not been for 'ish I would never have had the courage to move out to the country, to get this much land, to plan to be self-sufficient in fruit and veg (and eggs... eventually) so...

1. Courage to move to the country
2. I will be Home-educating E.
3. Got a woodburner to heat our house
4. Got rid of the TV
5. Making my own yoghurt
6. I now don't use electricity for jobs that can be done without.
7. Wee wipes
8. made lots of like minded friends (to me, this is the most important, as it is the other ishers that make this lifestyle so much easier and less lonely :mrgreen: )


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Post: #99704 mrsflibble
Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:12 am

9. reusable nappies
10. baby sling
11. confidence
12. i recycle more
13. reusable bags; I reuse lots

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Post: #99721 Millymollymandy
Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:49 am

14. Think a lot more about subjects I hadn't even thought about/known about/given a damn about before - too numerous to mention! But the point of this no. 15 is that ISH has made me think more!

15. Foraging (OK in my own garden but even so :lol: ) for edible greens such as sorrel and jack by the hedge, and trying edible weeds even if I didn't like most of them!

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Post: #99724 Mainer in Exile
Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:57 am

16. Refocused my life on self-sufficiency and living in tune with my surroundings rather than trying to go back to work and the consumer world.

17. Got me interested in Permaculture.
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Post: #99816 johnhcrf
Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:56 pm

It has been a great help to me in formulating my town based ideas. Landfill is the big problem. Where does it occur? Out in the countryside away from public view. Sustainability is the answer to waste and it is also part of the isher make-up. Hopefully, isher values can transfer to mainstream living.
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Post: #99820 hamster
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:02 pm

19. Got me far too overexcited about the possibility of growing things in container I now have far too many seeds and nowhere to put them.

20. Making my own yoghurt. Still can't do it, but I'm trying.
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Post: #99826 eccentric_emma
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:28 pm

21. Gave me the confidence to start a blog about my bits and bobs.
22. Gave me heaps of knowledge

it did also help me get rid of the tv same as Annpan. Now I spend a lot more time 'inventing' useful garden thingies with bits of 'rubbish/treasure' so I guess that would be no. 23

23. Given me ideas on how to reuse rubbish that might otherwise go into landfill.
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Post: #99827 witch way?
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:28 pm

24. Re-focused back to my goals, which I had let slip. We have so much work to do here that I was concentrating almost solely on the veg and now I'm back on track. Thanks guys. ww.
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Post: #99829 witch way?
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:33 pm

25. Being able to admit to getting excited when the seedlings start appearing. :lol:
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Post: #99830 Ellendra
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:40 pm

26. Knowing that even if I'm crazy, I'm not alone.

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Post: #100712 the.fee.fairy
Mon May 05, 2008 5:03 pm

27. Put me in touch with a lot of like-minded people
28. Because of Ish, i've met a few like-minded people!
29. Taught me to make wine (even if half of it has been a failure...).
30: Taught me to make soap.
31: Ish has made me more independent - from social norms rather than generally. I know now that i like carrots with mud on more than i like the ones grown in polythene bags from Tescos!!

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Post: #100837 Sky
Tue May 06, 2008 6:34 am

Ellendra wrote:26. Knowing that even if I'm crazy, I'm not alone.


Awww I was going to say that :lol:


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