LIVING LA VIDA LOCAL

Digging into some really tasty dishes ( btw the plates, cups and forks are all made from sugarcane – and compostable.)

Chattering ceases, heads turn, eyes upward. BOOM! There goes an illegal firework

Sing a long time with catchy tunes courtesy Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Eagles & master poet himself Bob Dylan and more…

Living the local “good life” – with good food, fellowship and even music.

Fun and entertainment is what you create – no need to drive hundreds of miles, guzzling gas, or join the hordes of people at popular hang outs, or shell out cash for mindless entertainment.

It’s about building ‘homegrown’ community in your backyard – doing more with less. Imagine if your town, your block, your home was an island – how would you create and build community?  Too often we look to others/the outside for what we want and need when in the end it all comes down to doing what we can, with what we have, where we are.

This holiday was celebrating the “speed of life.”  Slowing down, conversing face to face and just letting life take its course – one minute, one hour at a time.

Comments(14)

  1. KK says:

    That backyard picture looks familiar…We attended a friend’s potluck backyard party last night–great tasting home-made, home-grown foods, home-made wines, and lots of music. Most of us are what I call “semi-professional” musicians, in the sense that we all have “other” day jobs, but we play music as second incomes too. But the best thing about playing at backyard events with friends and family is the looseness of it all. People trade instruments and songs, make up lyrics on the spot, goof around with familiar tunes…so it brings music back to where it belongs…to the “amateur” level—Amo being the root of the word for LOVE.

  2. KK says:

    That backyard picture looks familiar…We attended a friend’s potluck backyard party last night–great tasting home-made, home-grown foods, home-made wines, and lots of music. Most of us are what I call “semi-professional” musicians, in the sense that we all have “other” day jobs, but we play music as second incomes too. But the best thing about playing at backyard events with friends and family is the looseness of it all. People trade instruments and songs, make up lyrics on the spot, goof around with familiar tunes…so it brings music back to where it belongs…to the “amateur” level—Amo being the root of the word for LOVE.

  3. jay says:

    Thought you might be interested to read about this lady in England at:

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23507625-details/Lambswool%2Binsulation%2Band%2Bdandelion%2Bcoffee%2B-%2Ba%2Bgreen%2BGran's%2Bguide%2Bto%2Bcutting%2Byour%2Bbills/article.do

    I enjoy reading your website over here in England and how I wish we had the long growing season and the sunshine that you have over there. However it is still possible grow quite a lot in the summer months.

    Jay (Staffordshire)

  4. jay says:

    Thought you might be interested to read about this lady in England at:

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23507625-details/Lambswool%2Binsulation%2Band%2Bdandelion%2Bcoffee%2B-%2Ba%2Bgreen%2BGran's%2Bguide%2Bto%2Bcutting%2Byour%2Bbills/article.do

    I enjoy reading your website over here in England and how I wish we had the long growing season and the sunshine that you have over there. However it is still possible grow quite a lot in the summer months.

    Jay (Staffordshire)

  5. jay says:

    If the link doesn’t work her name is Gay Cossins and the search engine should bring up the article

  6. jay says:

    If the link doesn’t work her name is Gay Cossins and the search engine should bring up the article

  7. Juliette says:

    Sadly in the UK, apparently a licence is required to make music, even on private premises. So no spontaneous sing-songs.

  8. Juliette says:

    Sadly in the UK, apparently a licence is required to make music, even on private premises. So no spontaneous sing-songs.

  9. Alida says:

    Looks like lots of fun. Thanks for the inspiration in this site and doing more to be independent. We started to make plans to build a chicken house and over the weekend started plans for a mini outside garage broiler area for the 25 chicks I ordered. This is my start or my baby steps.

  10. Alida says:

    Looks like lots of fun. Thanks for the inspiration in this site and doing more to be independent. We started to make plans to build a chicken house and over the weekend started plans for a mini outside garage broiler area for the 25 chicks I ordered. This is my start or my baby steps.

  11. Carrie & Justin Cox says:

    Looks like so much fun! We were at friends’ house for a cookout on the 4th, and as more people arrived they told of trouble getting there because so many people had blocked off roads to have block parties! It is wonderful to see people forming communities and having a good time!

  12. Carrie & Justin Cox says:

    Looks like so much fun! We were at friends’ house for a cookout on the 4th, and as more people arrived they told of trouble getting there because so many people had blocked off roads to have block parties! It is wonderful to see people forming communities and having a good time!

  13. Lizz says:

    Oh I agree totally.

    Well said!

  14. Lizz says:

    Oh I agree totally.

    Well said!

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