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Friday, 7 April 2017

5 Magazines Worth Reading - Fast Five on Friday

It's April! I can't believe a quarter of the year has slipped by already!

Thanks so much to everyone that has continued to support us as the new hosts of Five on Friday, we're so grateful and love reading through everyone's blogs that joins in :)

I'm very conscious that a lot of the participants are not homesteaders and probably grow bored of seeing what's happening around our here so this week I thought I'd mix it up a little and show you five of the magazines we love;

Permaculture Magazine

First and my personal favourite is Permaculture Magazine. I was given a few back issues of PM by a good friend a few years ago to give me some new inspiration on our allotment, that was before I really knew anything about permaculture. I noticed one of the articles was about a project that was within walking distance to me and the author, Graham Burnett, obviously lived in my hometown. I later went on to do my full Permaculture Design Course with Graham and am currently working on my Permaculture Diploma with him as my mentor. The editor of PM, Maddy Harland, is also somewhat of a personal idol for me as one of the people at the forefront of UK permaculture, an avid forest gardener and successful permaculture businesswoman.

Kitchen Garden Magazine 

Kitchen Garden Magazine is another firm favourite of mine. I used to read Grow Your Own but it seemed to constantly be the same old thing and tended to advocate unsustainable practices. I bought Kitchen Garden on a whim one month to make a change and never looked back. There is consistently great information, far more articles on sustainable systems and the free seeds are always welcome to add to my seed addict collection.


Om Yoga Magazine

For those that have been following our blog you'll know that after the 30 Days of Yoga Challenge we hosted last November me and Carly have become quite hooked, especially Carly who has gone on to do a few other 30 day yoga camps. Om Yoga Magazine has plenty of tips and advice for yogis of all skill levels and helps to mix things up with new poses and techniques.

Green Parent Magazine

Green Parent Magazine is a great lesser known mag about raising kids consciously. It is packed with articles on Natural Parenting, things like baby wearing, breast feeding, cloth diapers etc. It has great information on home education, alternative parenting methods and their ethos really fits in with our beliefs, it's certainly well worth reading!



Mediterranean Gardening & Outdoor Living Magazine
The problem with what you don't know is that you don't know that you don't know it! I picked up Mediterranean Gardening to try and fill in some of the gaps in my experience with gardening in this part of the world. It has already given me a few ideas that I want to try out on our land and put some plants/trees on my radar that I hadn't previously considered growing out here. This one is a bit location specific but it is always worth seeing if there is a local publication that deals with your climate, especially if you are new to an area like we are.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Five on Friday Weekly Linkup


Welcome to Five on Friday, a weekly opportunity for the community to link up and share 5 things with us or take 5 minutes to talk about one topic. We’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own Five on Friday blog post! It’s a great way to make new friends from around the world and gain some motivation to keep your blog updated. Every Friday we'll be sharing a Fast Five and look forward to seeing yours.



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44 comments

  1. Heavens! When do you find time to read them all? I know I used to buy Amateur Gardener for its seeds, though I never seemed to get much to grow. My Dad was a great gardener and worked our little plot like an allotment to ensure we had fresh food all year round. Best I manage is a few tomatoes each year!

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    1. I will admit to being a few months behind at the moment lol

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  2. On the contrary Tricky, personally I find your interests and lifestyle fascinating and admire you hugely. I used to have an allotment but time became a problem now that I work long hours. I grow mainly perennials in my garden as they are low maintenance. My mum was an avid gardener and I learned a lot from her. Thanks for hosting FOF, hope I linked up correctly? I put the badge in my sidebar...was I supposed to put it in the post?

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    1. Aww thank you Fiona!
      we're just trying to follow our dreams and teach the kids as best we can along the way.
      in the side bar is absolutely fine :)

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  3. I always enjoy reading about your homestead ideas and ways to recycle bits and bobs to save money. These magazines are surely packed with tips and advice to keep us all doing well. Enjoy your weekend. 😊

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    1. Im really glad that people enjoy reading about our adventure, some times I think we don't don anything all that exciting and don't want to bore people lol

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  4. You have a lot of great information there I am sure. It is good to find out new things isn't it. Glad that FOF is going well for you and that you are getting lots of participants. I really enjoy reading your posts, they are always interesting!

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    1. Thanks Amy, I hope all is going well for you in your new adventures

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  5. They look like good choices.

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    1. There are a few others i'd like but the cost does mount up especially for postage outside of mainland UK

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  6. Hola Tricky! Interesting what you say about Grow Your Own. I may keep the subscription for a full year, then I have advice for all seasons and then might give Kitchen Garden a go instead.

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    1. Now that is a pretty good idea to get the best of both worlds without breaking the bank :)

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  7. I have to admit that I hate garden work, but I love to sit in aa beautiful garden ! When I became a grandma I remembered my son when he was a baby and dared to give some ideas, which were rejected because old fashioned and not good anymore, so it is a miracle that my son is a 2 m long very healthy guy. I don't know how I managed as I did everything wrong, lol ! The only magazine I would love to read is about Yoga, I do it myself every morning to keep me fit !

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    1. Permaculture could help you there, it's all about minimum input for maximum output

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  8. I've never heard of any of those magazines, but the gardening ones look VERY interesting to me.
    My "must-haves" are Country Gardens, Grit, Hobby Farms, Capper's Farmer, and Mother Earth. Even though I'm sure they are just rehashing stuff year after year, I cannot give up those subscriptions. I love them all and look forward to each one.

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    1. oh You'd love Kitchen Garden Sue and they'd deliver to you too ;)

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  9. Interesting magazines. I've never heard of any of them, however probably would enjoy them. I did the natural parenting thing...just waiting for grand children. My favorite magazine is called "MaryJane's Farm"

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    1. Sounds interesting, i'll have to look it up :)

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  10. I wish I could read those magazines in Japanese." Green Parent" surely attracts my attention.Such a lovely young father and a baby on the photo cover! I am not good at garden work but love to see beautiful garden, of course. Thank you for hosting!
    Happy weekend to your family.

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  11. Those look like some great magazines. Sadly, we have no bookstores here and can't get very many good magazines. The ones we do get are censored and cost way too much money. So when I travel, I hit book shops and magazines stands. :)

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    1. some of these do deliver to international subscriptions maybe you could get them delivered in?

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  12. Thank you so much for these wonderful suggestions! I used to get Mother Earth News and always enjoyed it and got such great info. I had never heard of these magazines, and will check them out when I can.

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    1. I've heard so much about Mother Earth News but never gotten my hands on a copy

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  13. Good magazine choices. I borrow magazines from the library now, used to subscribe to a few gardening ones, but costs kept rising.

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    1. I didn't even realise you could do that! I'd give that a go too if we still lived in the UK

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  14. I think I woud enjoy the Kitchen Garden magazine. Used to go to Yoga sessions a few years ago but when we moved here I let it drift as I couldn't find a suitable class:)

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    1. hopefully when we move on to our land we can combine the best of both worlds by having a designated yoga area in the middle of a beautiful garden :)

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  15. Some great magazine choices! I'm not a homesteader but really enjoy your blog. Wish hubby and I were a few years younger and maybe we would be. I used to really enjoy yoga but then work and family things got in the way. I might give it a go again. I found it really relaxing and a great way to start the day.

    Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thanks for joining in and for your support, it is greatly appreciated

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  16. I love magazines! I do have a slight obsession with trying to find the subscriptions to them for free though. The Yoga one looks really interesting. I need to get my DVDs of it back out.

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    1. Do you have any success finding the subscriptions for free? I'd love to hear about that

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  17. Love all the lifestyle magazines.. especially the Kitchen garden magazine..

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  18. Those all look great. It would be fun to read the Mediterranean mag, even though I live in the Great Lakes region, USA. Just interesting to know how they do things elsewhere! I love your Five!

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    1. I often watch videos showing permaculture practices all over the world because it helps to understand different challenges and how to overcome them :)

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  19. Just love this Tricky! I'm such a magazine lover anyway - and these all seem filled with wonderfully interesting reading. ;) I'm especially interested in yoga right now.

    And how cool that you got to meet a mentor you looked up to and now work with him for your diploma!! That's awesome!

    Wishing you a blessed weekend. xoxo

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    1. I'm keeping a little bit of info under my hat at the moment but secretly I just can't wait to tell everyone!

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  20. First of all I want to say Hi and Thanks for hosting Five on Friday. I have been on vacation and haven't been able to join in. I appreciate that you leave it open a little longer as I was able to squeeze in right under the deadline! We used to get a magazine called Mother Earth Living when we were thinking of being homesteaders. There are so many out there now and so much fun to read and learn. I wish I had your energy!!!

    Cindy

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    1. I loved looking through your holiday snaps, I think leaving it open till Sunday night gives everyone a fair chance :)

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  21. I'm not a homesteader but even on my wee patch of land I grow my own veggies, keep chickens and have a tiny polytunnel. So keep writing about about your life as there's always something interesting for all of us. I'm a regular reader of Om and Kitchen Garden but haven't seen Permaculture before. I'll look out for it :-)

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    1. I suppoose if people weren't interested in the things we do they wouldn't be here to begin with so I'll take your advice and keep writing about who we are and what we do. hope you've had a fantastic week :)

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  22. Hi Tricky Wolf, I'm new to blogging myself and have stumbled upon 'Five on Friday' through following Amy's blog.
    Can I follow but not join in with the badge yet? Also if I do join in, do I share 'five things' each week? It will probably be best if I do 'just join in' but just unsure if it's every Friday that I need to post my Five things. I would love to read other peoples 'Five on Friday' blogs but not sure about how to go about that either.
    All the best with your plans, all looks interesting. Cathy

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    1. Hi Cathy, Thanks for stopping by!
      You are most welcome to follow and not join in, or just join in sometimes when you feel like it we are very happy for people to fit Five on Friday in whenever they can, no obligation to join in every week its very friendly and casual :)

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    2. Ok thank you for welcome and reply. I seem to have joined Bloglovin' and blogging generally when some link ups have finished. I am doing the Cookery Calendar Challenge but the Winter Project Party has stopped. Anyway I've followed your blog and a few others so I can be ready for next time. Cathy

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