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I have bought a number of things from the, tools and books. Yesterday I ordered How to make a forest garden by Patrick Whitefield, and it arrived this morning, thats great service. If you have never seen it before take a look.

I will do a review of the book when I have read it a few times.

walden; or, life in the woods

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Walden; or, life in the woods by Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

Thoreau an early environmentalist moves to a cabin beside Walden pond, while he lives there for two years he observes nature farms and studies life in general.

Not only is this book filled with everyday activities from his journal but it is a critique on modern life society and other topics which is still as relevant today as it was nearly 200 years ago. If anybody is the father of voluntary simplicity and downshifting then Thoreau is the man.

“men have become the tools of their tools. The man who indepemdently plucked fruits when he was hungry is become a farmer; and he who stood under a tree for shelter a housekeeper. We no longer camp as for the night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven. We have adopted Christianity merely as an impoverished method of agri-culture.”

I could quote this book all day but I will leave it to you to find the great passages within it. He is credited in influencing Tolstoy, Gandhi and other thinkers, and when you read it you will see why. The tradegy is that these thoughts of voluntary simplicity are not new to us at all but we are still a long way from finding a balance with our natural environment.

best blog of the day award

Blog Of The Day Awards Winner

thankyou whoever nominated me best blog of the day. best blog of the day and in the local paper in the same week, watch this space.

the earth care manual

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A permaculture handbook

If you have questions about permaculture or just want to find out more, then this is the book. As well as answering any questions you may have, the earth care manual is about applying the principles, it is a book of solutions for our present situation, to be acted upon rather than dealing with how these situations have occured. For those who attend Patricks permaculture design course the book is the text to accompany each lesson.

1 what is permaculture
2 the principals
3 soil
4 climate and micro climate
5 water
6 energy and materials
7 buildings
8 gardens
9 fruit nuts and poultry
10 farms and food links
11 woodland
13the design process
14design skills and methods

I highly recomend this book, it is a must for anyone who is is interested in downshifting as well as permaculture.

other books by Patrick Whitefield

Permaculture in a nutshell
How to make a forest garden