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Downshift to the Good Life

Book Description

If you're getting increasingly disillusioned by the daily commute, the expense of urban life and the stressful work environment and dream of a more peaceful and relaxing lifestyle then you're ready for Downshift to the good life. This book is for anyone who dreams of getting off the treadmill and enjoying a more relaxing and peaceful lifestyle. It's packed full of inspiring ideas to help you assess where you are, where you want to be and how to get there. A daydream of living and working in the country is a great thing, but the reality can be harsh. Successfully downshifted Lynn Huggins-Cooper can keep you away from the pitfalls and help you to realise your hopes and dreams.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Brilliant features
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. Reality check
  8. 2. Commuting costs
  9. 3. All aboard?
  10. 4. Cheap as chips
  11. 5. Check out your assets
  12. 6. Jump off the consumer carousel
  13. 7. Cut the crap: decluttering for dummies
  14. 8. Supplementing is great for your health
  15. 9. Happy homebody
  16. 10. Getting down to business
  17. 11. Release your creative self
  18. 12. Get fresh in the kitchen
  19. 13. Wholefood for the soul
  20. 14. Self-sufficient in suburbia: garden farming
  21. 15. Should I stay or should I go? Moving to the country
  22. 16. Look before you leap: finding out more
  23. 17. Cabin fever families: downshifting with children
  24. 18. A lot of scope for growth
  25. 19. Scaling up: buying a smallholding
  26. 20. The home run
  27. 21. Frozen assets
  28. 22. Catch the rhythm: live by the seasons
  29. 23. Tool time
  30. 24. The best laid plans…
  31. 25. Little weed!
  32. 26. Get down and dirty
  33. 27. A turn around the garden: crop rotation
  34. 28. Vegetable matters
  35. 29. Get fruity!
  36. 30. Self-contained
  37. 31. Food for free
  38. 32. Good companions
  39. 33. Hitting the bottle
  40. 34. The undercover gardener
  41. 35. Free and easy
  42. 36. Animal allies
  43. 37. More honey for your money
  44. 38. Chicken run
  45. 39. Magical muck
  46. 40. Animal instincts
  47. 41. Hedging your bets
  48. 42. Fencing: on guard or en garde?
  49. 43. Wonderful willow
  50. 44. Bodge it! Green woodworking
  51. 45. What a load of rubbish!
  52. 46. The Green Gym
  53. 47. Clean, green beauty queen
  54. 48. Home grown herbs
  55. 49. LETS make a difference
  56. 50. Boxes of delights: brown box organic schemes
  57. 51. Farmers’ markets
  58. 52. Downshifting to another country
  59. The End