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salty mutterings glanced out loud

Her new blue house reminded her of the sea.  And,  she felt vaguely homesick for her dad, and those childhood drives spent searching, on packed sand, for the perfect spot, while listening to his salty muttering’s glanced out loud. 70 more words

Gallery Shows

Gawking at HGTV’s Show “Tiny Houses”

So, the other night after tiring of watching primary election coverage, I flipped over to HGTV. I’m not sure why I’m back on my HGTV kick—maybe because our home renovation project is coming to a close and I have to live vicariously through other people, or perhaps because I have a genuine interest in renovation and design, or maybe both. 854 more words

On Life

Small House Swoon.

Here is a link to a site that I love to look at in my spare time. They post so many pictures of beautiful small houses, and include information about their location and the architects behind these amazing designs. 7 more words

Small Houses

Things I learnt from city living

A year ago my husband and I were living in a small apartment in Auckland’s city centre. We only stayed there for six months before moving back out to suburbia, but I learned a lot during that time. 946 more words

Low-impact Living

Houses of the future

There are many images and concepts of what the houses of the future could look like, and almost all of them recently appear to be looking at how small a house can be. 101 more words


Turning Into My Father

We had a full house over Christmas. For most of the year we are down to three – our youngest son, John, and us. Some detailed planning was required when we discovered that there would be eleven of us in the house for six nights: all five children, two daughters-in-law, two grandchildren, and ourselves. 539 more words


Eco-Saturday: Spreading the gospel

It’s good to live an environmentally responsible lifestyle. But it’s even better to share your experiences with other people, because Madison Avenue is doing its best to convince people they need to consume more — of everything, from space to energy to food to material possessions — when most of us would be just as happy with a lot less. 418 more words