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  • Wow Zoebird, that is one decluttered house. We used to live 1.5 hours from Christchurch, so absolutely everything was bought in bulk. And I can-not for the life of me ditch this mindset. It is now a 50 min round trip to get into Christchurch, but thats still quite a way if you run out of meat, milk for DH, toilet paper etc....
    so i just cannot do it, but well done you. I am envious - to a point, and then when I run out of towels, or teatowels, or whatever, I know that I have another 20 in the draw to use LOL. We also have alot of dinner parties etc.... so I need plenty of plates etc... but i could cut down quite a bit - I am sure. You might need to come and oversee it for me Lol
    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

    ...small steps....

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    • It's all really about what you do use. Thats' the real trick about minimalism.

      Right now, I'm looking at replacement situations for clothes and shoes.

      For shoes, I'm talking to Soul Shoes about making something to our specifications. Ideally, I would have a pair of hard-wearing ballet flats, a pair of shoes to hike in which would have a simple design (I'm looking at a pair of the mushrooms or the moccas), and then a pair of waterproof ankle boots (perhaps the desert boots? or maybe one they make for me). From the looks of the web site, it already appears that they have an ample toe box and the like for better foot health. The only issue, then, is whether or not they have a zero-drop sole (or can make one). It looks like they can make the various shapes that I like, just peering around the site, so I might be good-to-go.

      For clothing, I'm having a much tougher time. I'd prefer everything to be local -- sourced and manufactured locally. Icebreaker looked like a great option, but I discovered they now manufacture in China, and I prefer not to use things manufactured in China (i didn't realize this until after I'd bought my Apple computers. Hard call!). So, I'm looking at going to blue canoe which manufactures in the US and utilizes organic bamboo and cotton in their clothing. When it's time to replace jeans, I'm going with Kuyuchi jeans.

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      • Hi everyone,

        I've been reading your thread for about a week now, and I'm just amazed at how grounded and upbeat you all are. I know this is a stupid question, but is it a cultural thing? Or has our darling Gwamma set the tone? Or?

        Anyway, sorry to intrude, but you've given me some happy reading this last week.

        Peace.
        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

        B*tch-lite

        Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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        • It's nice living in NZ. We pretty much live in paradise.

          Seriously. DH was talking to his parents today and they are 10,000 stories of suffering.

          Whereas, DH and I are like "really, nothing to complain about." Love work, love lifestyle, love the land, love our friends, etc. Great life up over here.

          Moving to NZ was the best thing we ever did.

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          • Joanie, hi...nah this old Gwamma is a gwumpy, gwowly, pain in the derierre !!!! The old Kiwi attitude does go a long way... and one really does have to enjoy life. I am actually finding that being able to 'dump' my stuff here is very therapeutic. sad for the fellow threaders, but great for me !!!!!!
            have just had the phone call from the neighbour. The kids have got halloween all wrong, but are coming down to scare me when it gets dark. Unbeknown to them I have donned the war paint, black lipstick, teased hair, put the witches outfit on, am gonna turn all the lights off and give them a wee fright outside in the dark
            Should be fun !!!! althou I would hate someone to do this to me !!!! LOL
            I wish I knew how to take a picture and post it on here. I look terrible !!!!!!
            "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

            ...small steps....

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            • Halloween in spring is weird.

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              • Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                Joanie, hi...nah this old Gwamma is a gwumpy, gwowly, pain in the derierre !!!! The old Kiwi attitude does go a long way... and one really does have to enjoy life. I am actually finding that being able to 'dump' my stuff here is very therapeutic. sad for the fellow threaders, but great for me !!!!!!
                have just had the phone call from the neighbour. The kids have got halloween all wrong, but are coming down to scare me when it gets dark. Unbeknown to them I have donned the war paint, black lipstick, teased hair, put the witches outfit on, am gonna turn all the lights off and give them a wee fright outside in the dark
                Should be fun !!!! althou I would hate someone to do this to me !!!! LOL
                I wish I knew how to take a picture and post it on here. I look terrible !!!!!!
                lol Gwamma, you are a scream. I would love to see you, I hope you have fun with the kids.
                Annie Ups the Ante
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                • Originally posted by zoebird View Post


                  It's nice living in NZ. We pretty much live in paradise.

                  Seriously.
                  Couldn't agree more.
                  Annie Ups the Ante
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                  • Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                    My capsule wardrobe is based on what works for me:

                    5 sets yoga pants/tanks;
                    2 skirts;
                    2 sweaters;
                    4 t-shirts;
                    4 dresses;
                    2 jeans.

                    Undergarments:

                    1 silks;
                    2 lingerie sets;
                    3 socks

                    PJs:

                    Old yoga pants and old t-shirt plus fleece

                    outerwear:

                    Denim jacket
                    fleece and vest
                    winter coat
                    4 pashmina scarves

                    Shoes:

                    One heels,
                    2 vibrams,
                    1 gum boots.


                    It's just great to let go and have so little. Honestly.
                    So, just on the clothes for now, because the rest is a bit overwhelming (but very interesting, so thanks), with your say two skirts would that be one for winter and one for summer, one short/one long, one dressy/one casual or the same two all year forever, or two that will be replaced each season by a fresh two...

                    I guess I'm wondering how often you clothes shop, only as things need replacing? Three pairs of socks will wear out pretty fast, I imagine. Or do you shop when you would just like something new? then I expect something else would have to go.

                    A strategy I am trying to adopt is to let something go every time I bring something new into the house, it helps but additional decluttering is always needed as well.
                    Annie Ups the Ante
                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                    • I only shop when I need to replace. I'm not interested in shopping, really, so this takes a load off on that end.

                      My first order of business in figuring out my wardrobe was determining how *I* live. What I wear isn't necessarily appropriate for everyone's lifestyle, nor is it necessarily someone else's fashion sense.

                      In an office setting, it would work for "business casual" -- particularly if you switched the vibrams for ballet flats or similar. But, if yuo had to be "business professional" -- then it would be too casual.

                      I have a general very basic, classic style. It looks more "european" than US, really, and it's definitely not NZ (which to me looks frumpy, btw). I don't knwo what it is about you kiwi women and you're weird drape-y, sack-shaped clothing.

                      I then just took that basic and made it work for my work. It's easy enough to have yoga clothes under a skirt/cardigan -- and it meets the basic brief of my style while also being functional for my work and. . . I don't have to take my clothes on and off all day long. I actually just leave the skirt on, because now so many yoga clothes come with the skirts sewn onto the pants! That's why I started wearing my dresses more often too -- I just don't take them off and teach anyway.

                      It suits.

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                      • I've put NZ on my list of places to visit before I die. I have to be careful about visiting places, though. 18 months ago, I started out for Pittsburgh, PA, decided to spend 10-14 days in New Orleans, and I'm still here.

                        You all are the best ambassadors ever.
                        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                        B*tch-lite

                        Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                        • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                          I've put NZ on my list of places to visit before I die. I have to be careful about visiting places, though. 18 months ago, I started out for Pittsburgh, PA, decided to spend 10-14 days in New Orleans, and I'm still here.

                          You all are the best ambassadors ever.
                          Joanie, thats very sweet, and yes come on over. Always a bed and feed at mine, and I am sure the others would welcome you too.

                          Zoebird - I get what you are saying about the drapey sack clothing - but I wear it because it covers my h-u-u-u-u-g-e- posterior !!! LOL I also love the layered look.
                          As an aside am off to a VIP evening with Rachel Hunter on wednesday. What drapey sacky thing should I wear to that ?????
                          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                          ...small steps....

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                          • umm i never wear drapey sacky things lol i actual reckon they make your butt look bigger myself. i dont do layered either as i have ridden motorcycles for too long and lived somewhere hot for 1/4 of my life and all those layers just get in the way if you try to move and i live in a high wind zone. i did go thru a phase of thinking i should get all that ethically made, organic clothing but it is just too expensive so i get my expensive clothes second hand. i also have memories of it being all a bit drippy hippy style-wise but it may have improved. for the $s you could prob get some organic fabric and get something made and then you would get exactly what you want. i do have a pair of soul shoes leather jandals. i love them but i wore the first pair out. as in the side strap broke off, in less than a year so they are not really an economical choice for me. their boots arent comfortable IMO. altho i guess it depends what you want to do when you are wearing them. they definitely arent any good for any of the things i do. i usually get new balance gym shoes as well as they used to be the less sweat shoppy out of all the sports shoe manufacturers. but truly, everything we buy unless it is a vegetable at the local farmer's market has "issues" and even then, i have witnessed some of their chemical regimes. ooohh while i remember, swazi, who make hunting and outdoor clothing are made in New Zealand. altho a mate of mine stopped buying their clothing coz the guy who owns the company goes over seas trophy hunting things like bears. their gear is alot more money than the other hunting brands like stoney creek, of similar quality and next to impossible to get second hand for anything other than near new price.

                            yay Rachel Hunter comes from the shore! the kids dad ( who only cut of his mullet last year ) grew up there and my middle child is 3rd gen shore on his side lol which i tease her about as she still hasnt clicked. gwamma get the black skinny jeans on for that one and maybe a nice black lacey sackey number lol you will need to report back how it goes gwamma and maybe post some pics.

                            i went out yesterday morning with all the kids on a cup of coffee and ended up getting home well after 10pm. i had another coffee or two and a steak and some salad all day. so i was very pleased with that. we went to get my car fixed and plot going hunting next weekend. which is incredibly exciting. i love a hardcore bush bash so much. the hut we are staying in has an outdoor bath with a fire underneath.

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                            • Originally posted by seaweed View Post
                              yay Rachel Hunter comes from the shore! gwamma get the black skinny jeans on for that one and maybe a nice black lacey sackey number lol you will need to report back how it goes gwamma and maybe post some pics.

                              i love a hardcore bush bash so much. the hut we are staying in has an outdoor bath with a fire underneath.
                              Hi Seaweed. I am so useless at posting stuff on here, but I will try and post pics.
                              The hut sounds like heaven. As a child we sailed up to the Bay of Islands each holidays, often stopping at great Barrier, or Waiheke etc... I remember one Bay we used to moar in, had a bath with a fire underneath. OMG they were the best times !!!!! I could write a book on our forays up the country, firstly with the trailer sailer (Farr 6000), pulled by the Hillman Hunter !!!!! then with the fixed Keel, sailing from Tauranga up.
                              What a country we live in !!!!
                              I am sure that DD and DDBF would find you some good shooting round here if you are up this way. They were meant to go shooting on Molesworth a few weekends ago, but that was cancelled. Bugger
                              Enjoy the plotting !
                              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                              ...small steps....

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                              • i actually like going hunting as i need an excuse to go bush bash. if you go tramping you tend to stick to tracks whereas when you hunt you dont so you get to see so many more things like cool plants. i'm not overly fussed on whether i shoot anything as i still have a fair bit of venison left. that said tho, i am like my dog, i am a lover not a fighter till i am on the trail of something and then it is all on. my oldest went on the spirit of new zealand when she was a teen and they went to the bay of islands. i think they went round cape reinga from new plymouth to get there and she reckoned it was unreal. and ssshhhhh dont tell anyone where we live or they will all come here lol my middle one was only complaining to me yesterday when we were attempting to walk around the block with the horse in the sun about all the people who come to our beach at the weekends when it gets sunny.

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