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Andrea Graves
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Tribe
Ten years ago, my neighbourhood got into quite a fix. Everyone had received notice that an asphalt company was seeking consent to build an asphalt plant just down the road from us. Because of this, something happened that still amazes me. We were upset abou...

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Vegetarianism and our favourite black bean tacoes
You can't trundle along the green living route very far before you bang into vegetarianism and its hard-core cousin veganism. Sheep and cattle burp out potent greenhouse gases, so we need fewer of them, not more. But perhaps something that's good for the pl...

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Cake-faced and feminist
Last night I went to see comedian (comedienne?) Michele A'Court's latest show,  Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter . It was at the end of an extremely busy weekend (next weekend you'll find me doing precisely nothing). Two minutes before I had to leave the ...

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The foodie who keeps chickens: pavlova and omelet
Sometimes as I beat eggs I imagine an alien watching the process. Wouldn't he/she/it be amazed that a simple egg can be transformed into something so unrecognisable and delicious - and into such a range of dishes? It's something we take for granted, but I l...

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Mountain Frond Feather
In this family we (led me by me) are trying to grasp every fragment of the combination of summer weather, conveniently aged children and natural beauty. Feet are meeting mossy paths, hands are swinging on branches and mountains are being climbed. Unfortunat...

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Barefoot walking three years on, up a mountain
A bit over three years ago I embarked on a year of walking , and I'm pleased to say I've never stopped. (In fact I walked a lot before then, anyway.) When it's not winter, I wear these shoes to walk: Vibram FiveFingers, well used. Ugly to look at, but so be...

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Biochar, our new trick in the garden
As is usual for us at this time of year, we're spending a bit of time cultivating our future food. Often I think about how much we get from our garden for the time we put into it. For days or sometimes weeks we'll do nothing but harvesting - these days we a...

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On milking cows and international holidays
A part of me has a huge desire to take my children to Europe - to visit friends, to experience some of my favourite places, and to discover some new ones. My husband won't go again - he's sworn off international travel unless it's vital for work reasons, be...

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The space that books make in your head
Last week I went to a lecture by New Zealand author Elizabeth Knox. She spoke of the space that books make in our head, and of the exercise that reading gives our brain cells. It does feel like that, doesn't it? I have 35 years of novels and non-fiction beh...

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The teenage season
As of the end of last month, we have a teenager in the family! Just quite how our little boy turned into a young man is beyond us, but like every twist and turn of life, we just have to accept and enjoy it. And there's nothing not to enjoy - apart from the ...
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