Monday, 1 March 2010

Curbing the need for bigger, better, more of everything (March 28th 2009)

As most of you know I have acreage envy. Not too much acreage as this Crone would be the one maintaining it all, but a couple of acres just outside of spitting distance to the City.

A little bit of sitting and thinking brought up several issues. Firstly how much space does our family really need? In your 'normal' family each of our children would have their own bedroom so we would need a six bedroom home plus a study. Have any of you researched how much a six bedroom home costs in your area only 8km's out of the CBD on an 800 sqm block? So here we are in a four bedroom house, using one of those bedrooms as a study for The Husband (hurry up and finish that PhD for goodness sake!!!) with three tots stacked into one bedroom.

I also came to the realisation that even if everyones predictions about Climate change and Peak Oil are wrong, I still want to bring up my family the same way that I am doing so now; to live gently on the Earth. So for me to live up to my ideals (are you all as hard on yourselves as I am?) I need to find a way to content myself with what I have here and walk the gratitude talk.

Another lightbulb moment was that we have been here for over two years now and that is two years of growth for my garden. I know that I could buy larger more mature fruit trees for a new place but one of my three lemon trees has it's very first fruit this year and I am getting so excited at the prospect of seeing and gathering the harvest!

This week has been a huge eye opener for me and one of quite a few surprises. Firstly reading that Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia told the World that the GFC has been caused by 'white men with blue eyes' and while I abhor any references to racism, I feel that he is saying that the First World has yet again caused a mess which is going to have a huge impact on the World's poorest people. I have no idea what the long term effects the GFC is going to have but a part of me really clings to the hope that it will mean a more fair distribution of wealth for all. I suspect that the reality will be far from my romantic vision of Utopia however, so I shall continue to plant and learn as many skills to make do as I can. My second surprise? Go back and read this post and see if you can figure it out ;) Needless to say that I feel I have lost all eco credibility but am still feeling quite excited none the less.


TheCrone said...

15 Responses to “Curbing the need for bigger, better, more of everything”
1.Di Says:

March 28th, 2009 at 2:47 pm e

Don’t let eco-credibility spoil your excitement. Besides I wouldn’t want to be cleaning a six bedroom with study house anyway.

Don’t think you can call your three, tots, for much longer - two of them are at school already remember. (or has the brain started going already? LOL)

TheCrone said...

naturewitch Says:

March 28th, 2009 at 3:43 pm e

Dearest Crone

Not meaning to be negative, but I can’t even keep up with my modest 725sqm patch, (albeit juggling it with work and study), so how could one with so many babies and so many responsibilities keep up with a couple of acres?

We may be a pair of ever so slightly manic women (LOL!) but even we must admit our own limits.

Although I do realise that a goat or similar would be high on your agenda. And I do so understand your desires for more land.

We all admire your principles and how well you live up to them; you are an inspiration to us all. ther is no way any of us would question your eco cred - just think you are having babies for me and others not fortunate enough to have their own. And you are raising conscious adults, so what more could we want?

Cherish your two years of growth and your first lemons YIPPEE! And if in the future, you still need more garden space, there’s always community gardens. xxx

TheCrone said...

3.admin Says:

March 28th, 2009 at 4:06 pm e

Di, the Teen and tot 1 are at school, tot 2 is at kindy two days a week.

NW, thank you darlin’, you always know how to make me feel better

4.Kristy Says:

March 28th, 2009 at 4:56 pm e

Am I guessing right? LOL

5.kel Says:

March 29th, 2009 at 8:48 am e

eco-cred=no more babies??? am i doing the math correctly

TheCrone said...

6.admin Says:

March 29th, 2009 at 9:58 am e


Yes, baby # six will be making their appearance late springtime.

7.Em Says:

March 29th, 2009 at 1:08 pm e

my goodness, congratulations!!! I’m so very happy for you Lovely news!

8.Julie Says:

March 29th, 2009 at 5:23 pm e

Oh, der! Here I was going “why *six* bedrooms?” and then I couldn’t work out what the other excitement was all about! Hey at least you can use “baby brain” as an excuse LOL. CONGRATULATIONS! How utterly wonderful All the very best for the next few months (well timed to be over winter too, I might add

TheCrone said... Says:

March 29th, 2009 at 8:21 pm e

Congrats. Though must say it took me awhile as I added in M to start with. Your chi must be working well

10.Tricia Says:

March 29th, 2009 at 8:57 pm e

Congratulations on the baby! Totally agree with Naturewitch - I find keeping up with gardening on a 500sq m block enough work. I also like the challenge of seeing how much I can fit into a small garden. Three toddlers in one room must be interesting!

11.EmilyB Says:

March 30th, 2009 at 10:25 am e

Congratulations! I often wish I had a study and a 2nd bedroom for our boys, but I too do not wish to leave my gardens! And we have done so much to this house to make it ours, Its hard sometimes….

TheCrone said...

12.Simply.Belinda Says:

March 31st, 2009 at 2:50 pm e


Babies that are wanted, loved and well cared for are always a blessing.

A lack of babies does not equal eco cred… I know many childless couples who’s footprint would probably be far greater than you would ever allow your family to produce.

Kind Regards

13.Kelly Says:

April 3rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm e

It’s alright for us to have stacks of kids, because we’re raising future activists (now watch my kids all become accountants!)

I can’t think of anything worse than a 6 bedroom house, it’d take far too much time and space away from the important part-the garden

TheCrone said...

14.Kristy Says:

April 5th, 2009 at 12:25 am e

And Congratulations from all of us as well!
Ditto to the above messages - 6 bedrooms and however many bathrooms is ‘the rage’ at the moment? Meh… too much!

from us mob

15.Leah Says:

April 7th, 2009 at 3:58 pm e