Thursday, May 12, 2016

Leibster award

Thanks to Liz, from Eight Acres, for nominating me for the Leibster award. I enjoy reading Liz's blog, as their climate is very similar to ours, and she attempts to find natural solutions to challenges in life. She also has a lot of farm critters which I enjoy reading about.

I received a Leibster award back in 2011, and discovered they now included 10 questions. Which I think is kind of fun! So after writing my answers, I look forward to creating 10 new questions, and nominating the recipients at the end too.

1. If you had a big lottery win what would you do with it all?
I'd pay off the mortgage, so my husband could take the time to swap careers, as he's been wanting to do. I'd also purchase some commercial land on the edge of our local retail district. Where I'd set up a permanent farmer's and artisan market. It would be designed with permaculture principles, including a community garden and picnic areas too. It would be run by a group of members, elected by the community, which would become a not-for-profit organisation.

2. How do you think you'd fair in a zombie apocalypse?
Has anyone watched i-zombie, on Stan? I don't, but my daughter and her dad do. It has a different take on the zombie mindset though, where an underground brain trading market exists for civilised zombies, hiding in the population. It got me thinking if zombies would actually want to set up an underground economy for their "secret" food supply, letting the rest of the world get on with its business. Rather than the traditional social anarchy model we're use to seeing advertised. Either way, because I'm insulin dependent, I'd have to go uber paleo, in order to survive my pancreas.

3. If you had six months warning do you think you could grow all you needed to feed yourself and your family?
Sadly, no. We need to get our water storage sorted, before we can grow anything dependably. But I do think we could forge some community networks to ensure "some" food would be available. We'd probably lose a lot of weight!

4. What life-skill should every child have to learn in school?
How not to need a school, to learn anything important.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Gully Grove. Because I did a lot of travelling as a child, and as Dorothy says, there's no place like home. ;)

6. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to live more self-sufficiently?
Change the way you think. You can do this by enrolling in a permaculture course, or reading extensively about it. While you're at it, read about Natural Sequence Farming too. Lastly, learn about Indigenous food gathering traditions in your region - especially, the interaction with native wildlife. Because whatever your personal desires of self-sufficiency are, it can only be framed within your specific landscape. So learn to read it, what it needs and interact, accordingly.

7. What's your most hated food?
Brussel sprouts. Offal comes a close second. I even hate the smell of them both.

8. What is your favourite quote/saying?
It's hard to have one favourite, as many have cropped up in my lifetime, with some significance. But there's a Chinese proverb, which sums up human involvement with nature that I'm partial too...

9. Is there a time you've made a massive fool of yourself in public that you laugh about now?
Yes, and it WAS embarrassing. I was a teenager, dating my boyfriend who was from Canada. It was young, innocent love. We were at the local national park, on a busy weekend. My boyfriend told me a joke (as he was quite the comedian) with a word in the punchline, I wasn't familiar with. I couldn't laugh at his joke because I didn't know what the word meant. I asked him to tell me, but he thought I was joking. I asked again, but he said I should know. Frustrated, I turned around and yelled across the park, "Muuum, what's a clitoris?"

10. If you had a warning label what would it say?
Never presume I know what you're saying.

Now for my nominees: an eclectic group of ladies, from different walks in life, who write sincerely about their journeys.

Bev from foodnstuff.
Nana Chel from Going grey and slightly green.
Emma from A simple living journey.
Linda from Green haven
Nicole from Early Bird farm.

And the 10 questions:

1. What is your inspiration, and your favourite speaker about that inspiration?
They can be well known or a personal acquaintance.

2. What is your go-to remedy, on a bad day?

3. If you could improve one thing in your community, what would it be?

4. Was there ever a moment, you thought you were weird?

5. If you had a time machine, what pearl of wisdom would you tell younger you?

6. What was your favourite game to play at school between classes?

7. Do you have a favourite musician or style of music? What do you like about it?

8. If money wasn't an issue, what course of study would you take?

9. Have you ever wanted to start your own business? What would it be?
10. If there was a dessert on your table, to rule all others, share your precious temptation.

Thanks for nominating me Liz, although one of my answers probably revealed a little too much. ;)

UPDATE: Because I didn't leave easy instructions the first time around. Here are the recommendations: 

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

* Chris again: if you want to upload either of the Leibster Award logos in my post, right click your mouse on the image, and press "Copy Link Location". Then when writing your post, look for the add an image by URL - and right click your mouse in the box provided. Then click "paste". This should work. :)

Its meant to be fun and light-hearted though, so if uploading images makes it too complicated, skip that part. ;)


  1. Great answers Chris! And you came up with some interesting questions. Thanks for joining in, that was fun :)

  2. And i love how u would spend your lotto win!

  3. Thanks for inviting me to take part Liz. :)

    Money is not something I want to accumulate to such excess, I become isolated to the rich club. It needs to be invested back into the roots of my community, and into rejuvenating the landscape, to bring any joy in possessing it. But someone would have to buy me a lottery ticket, because I don't enter myself. The mental exercise is fun, all the same though. ;)

    I'd like to think I could earn my excess, rather than winning it.

  4. Oh, help, Chris, what have you done to me and what do I have to do? Do I answer the questions?.....where? at your blog?....mine? Never had this happen before. Thanks for thinking of me, but what do I dooooo? (panic)

    1. You made me laugh, lol, and made me realise I didn't leave any instructions. So I'll update the post (look down the bottom) for the official recommendations.

      If its something you want to join in, just answer my 10 questions, however you want. Its up to you. :)

  5. haha! I'll join in over the weekend!

    Great answers and thank you for thinking of me!


    1. I just got my computer back, after 48 hours of not being able to connect to the internet. Yikes!

      I'm glad you're able to join in though, even if I'm a little late in saying so. ;)

  6. Chris, sorry but I just saw this as I am way behind with reading blogs. Thanks for nominating me but I will have to decline as life is a bit too hectic here at the moment. I have lots of catching up to do after being away and there are some strange smells in the house I have to find the source of. I am not sure if there is a dead mouse somewhere or that the foodscraps bin in the kitchen hasn't been emptied or there is leftover fish in the fridge :-) That's just for starters. I have just fed my Gertrude sourdough starter so that is one thing ticked off the I need to unpack.

    1. No worries, living life should always takes precedence. Fingers crossed for Gertrude and glad to see you arrived home safely. :)

  7. Hi Chris, sorry for not getting back to you on this. I appreciate the recommendation, but I'm really not into this sort of thing. I don't want to announce on the blog that I've been recommended for an award (low profile person me, so not really wanting to answer those questions) and I mostly read only a few self-sufficiency blogs (and a lot of collapse blogs), so can't think of enough people to recommend. Sorry :-(

    1. No worries, there. It's only suitable if its doable. :)


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