14:22 free friday
Now that the economy is not to be trusted and 'recession' is wispered out loud
(or should I say, screamed out loud?), 'free' becomes a hot topic. More and more
people cut their budget (by need or believe) and search for less pricy or even
free ways. AKA: make, do or trade yourself!
You might know that this has been a hobby of mine for quite some time and,
I'm not alone. For instance, gardening: the veggie garden is growing in
popularity (pointed out well by the 6 year waiting list for a cummunal plot in my
neighbourhood!). I know not everyone has a garden, but... neither did I. And
yes, you read it correctly, 'did', cause from of today I am the proud sharer of a
small plot two steps out of my door.
How did this happen? I live in a small apartment building with one, only one,
garden. Ironically this garden is owned by a woman who's disabled and can't
take care of a garden, which means it looks like a little jungle. I've been glazing
at it the last few months with garden dreams in my head but no courage to ask.
Untill my other neighbour told me she'd love a garden. We decided to join forces
and asked the owner if she would like us to take care of it in exchange of a small
part to design a veggie garden. And she said YES (I saw some relieve in her eyes)!
(I'd like to add here that gardening and growing your own food means freedom
Now, I'd like to encourage you to seek for simular trades for things you need.
For example, one of my illustrator friends made a painting for his bookkeeper in
exchange for a few months of 'free' bookkeeping. Seek for equal trades, so both
you and the other party are getting something out of it.
Also, about gardening, there might be little plots in your neighbourhood that are
empty and waiting for you to grow some grub. Look around, it can be as easy as
an area around a tree or a little triangle on the corner of your street.
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philosophical, physical and so on).
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