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Living The Good Life

Could you go six months without spending a single dollar?

Living The Good Life: How One Family Changed Their World From Their Own Backyard

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Product name: Living The Good Life: How One Family Changed Their World From Their Own Backyard

Reviewer: Jenny Blackford

Author: Linda Cockburn

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books

Price: $29.95

Size: 274 PAGES

G Rating:

5

Linda Cockburn and her family - partner Trevor and young son Caleb - decided to spend six months without spending a dollar, not to save money, but to reduce their ecological footprint to the bare minimum.

They wanted to live sustainably on a 2180 m2 block in Queensland, growing their own food, biking or walking everywhere, and bartering for anything they could not make or grow.

They were far better prepared than most of us, with solar panels, water tanks, fruit trees, chickens and a goat.

Living the Good Life is Linda's diary of that difficult, but rewarding six months.

She writes wittily and engagingly about her daily struggles with the loud, demanding goat, the drought-stricken garden, and her son Caleb, who was willing to go hungry rather than eat pumpkin.

Diary entries are interspersed with Linda's well-researched meditations on ecological topics from the delights of composting toilets to the evils of SUVs, plus her recipes for a range of home-made dishes, from tofu to cinnamon scrolls.

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