This blog is mainly a rambling kind of diary of the transition from smallholderwannabe to smallholder.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Five of my new little hens are now laying little beginner-sized eggs. It is quite exciting to come home from work and go out to the nest boxes to see how many eggs there are. Four of their little eggs weigh about the same as three average ones from the older hens.

I was listening to a news programme on the tv about the new government and its aims. A politician was saying that the people of Britain need to save lots more money because of the economic downturn but at the same time need to spend more in order to bolster industry. The government (and the last one) seem to want Britain to keep on being a consumer society. This does not sit well with me. We can't keep on consuming more and more. I'd like my grandchildren's grandchildren to have a little bit of planet left to live on and at the rate we are going - there won't be much left. And why do politicians want people to end up in debt? How does that help the country? Why can't they encourage us to live responsibly and be more self reliant? How can we develop a stable economy if it is based on consumer debt?



  • At 7:18 AM, Blogger Michelle H. said…

    Yep we get the same thing from our politians over here. How can a consumer-driven society be good for anyone whether individual or as a country? Right now we owe trillions of dollars as a nation - so ridiculous.

  • At 9:13 AM, Blogger John said…

    Well said Jo. Politicians cannot see beyond the phrase 'economic growth,' They dare not even think of alternative ways to live. Happily, many of us are realising that we don't need to keep on buying more and more stuff, for a contented life. GDP will have to end eventually, for we can't keep taking more and more resources from the planet, to sustain the madness of 'growth,' they are all running out.

  • At 11:23 AM, Blogger Jo said…

    We need a bit of WWII spirit back again:
    - grow your own
    - waste not, want not etc


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