COMING SOON: The English Family Anderson episode 3!

vegan children's story

Remember the home-schooling vegan self-sufficient family living in a bus?

Remember the dad got sacked for tossing the pheasant-shooters’ shotguns into wet cement?

Remember the court told him to pay for new guns and he said “NO!” and the whole family took to the road?

Remember the ghost?

If you don’t you’d better get on over here and read the first two episodes because episode 3 starts tomorrow and you’ll need to be all caught up 😉

Love the Little House Books

Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I love Little House on the Prairie

And all the subsequent books.

I love Laura and Carrie and Mary,

Ma and Pa with his twinkly-eyed looks.


I love the descriptions of nature,

And how they lived back then,

Of them running barefoot in the summer,

And drying wild plums in the sun.

On the Banks of Plum Creek page 8

Self-sufficient and resourceful,

Ma and Pa knew how to get by;

From building a house and digging a well,

To using pumpkins to make apple pie.


As I read these books again and again,

I’m inspired to make, grow and sew,

To tell the time by position of sun,

And live by the seasons you know.

On the Banks of Plum Creek page 12

I imagine a vegan version

Of this hard but rewarding life,

Living with full appreciation

Of the Earth’s full spectrum of life.

Forest Gardening

I have a mini-forest in my back garden.  It represents a pioneer experiment in restoring a tiny segment of the primeval Long Forest, which once covered a wide area of the Shropshire Hills bioregion.  Like the natural forest, it comprises a wide diversity of plants, occupying seven levels or ‘storeys’, but, unlike the natural forest, almost all its plants have been carefully chosen to meet human needs.  It is, in fact, an attempt to create a model life-support system, which would enable a family or small community to achieve a considerable degree of self-sufficiency in basic necessities throughout the year, while enjoying health-giving exercise in a beautiful, unpolluted and stimulating environment. – Robert A de J Hart

Forest Gardening by Robert Hart

Those who are concerned with the full implications of the ecological crisis which we now face generally agree that urgent steps should be taken to plant many millions of trees.  …. It occurred to me that there was no reason why many of the desperately needed new trees should not be fruit-trees planted by the owners of town and suburban gardens, who would gain the bonus of growing nourishing food.  If one could persuade 100 000 Londoners to plant just ten fruit-trees each, that would be a million trees – quite a forest!

That’s a great idea Robert! We don’t have a garden of our own, or any prospect of acquiring one, but we still want to join in!  So we’ll just plant them in public places, places where we’ll be able to keep coming back to nurture our trees, and eventually to gather fruit from them, as will anyone else who wants to. 🙂