Letting the light in

I spent a fair bit of time recently on my knees, beside a revving machine, tea towel tied over mouth and nose, sunnies on and earplugs in.  My neighbour was cracking up over a couple of drinks the other night – “I’ve been watching you, it makes me feel tired. You know I’m getting a big mulcher for this tree out the front in few days time?” Useful tip now I’ve sent the mini mulcher back….  It’s pruning time as we come into winter, and I was lucky enough to get a lend of a mulching machine, a nice piece of Aussie engineering called the “Piecemaker”, so I could better process the abundance of woody goodness our little town block pumps out.


Ice Cream Beans, lilly pillies, olive, citrus, mulberry, fig, loquat, plus grevilleas, tea trees and wattle trees – all have copped a heavy chop, with a chainsaw necessary for the major branches on a lot of them.

ice cream bean pruning

The smaller diameter wood and the leaves  gradually made their somewhat laborious way through the mulcher, and the stack of wood for hugelculture, firewood and temporary structural use has built up to a sprawling heap.  I stand back and look at the bulging pile of biomass that’s been given free, made up largely of carbon and nitrogen from thin air, and water from the sky.

pruningspile o mulch

Suddenly the garden, back and front, looks wide open, a bit bare but full of light. Time to get planting!  Free seed and rootstock from the garden or from friends, watered with rain and greywater, fertilised with free compost and worm castings and green manures, making free food for us.  The productive capacity of this little bit of soil builds up without any real monetary input. The main input is work, which is really more like play…


Welcome to Free Life Web

Welcome (or maybe welcome back?) to Free Life Web. It’s a fun web project with a positive mission – to share information, inspiration and discussion dedicated to a free life for human beings- whose first iteration was created five years ago. The thing has been offline for a long while, mostly forgotten, but occasionally being pared back and rejigged before sharing it again. The mistake I made with the original website was to pour too much writing into it before sharing it, and then write very little by the way of new blog posts! I dreamed of a site that stimulated some discussion, but very little took place.

This time around I undertake to contribute a post at least weekly, and in the hope of keeping a conversation going, I urge readers to please post comments, with critical, thoughtful, questioning ones greatly valued. I also humbly invite any reader who wants to say something at length around the themes that the site emcompasses, to contribute posts themselves if they feel the inclination. This can easily be arranged by emailing me via the “Contact” form.

For now, welcome, and please have a click around if the basic premise of the site sounds of interest to you. My hope is that a life affirming theme will allow some vigorous discussion while avoiding the tedious “left and right politics” we hear so much of. We all love to live, and want happiness, and want to provide for our human needs without wasting so much energy on abstractions like “money” and “debt”. When it comes to a free life, “looney left anarchists” can happily agree with “rabid right libertarians”, if we see past our abscract labels to our shared humanity.

The site is now pared back to an assortment of theme related external links, with a little commentary on the subjects under “Links” and “Networks” in the top menu. Every post and all internal pages are open to comments, which to begin with, should upload without review.

Enjoy! I look forward to a conversation with you…