Pauline, you may know her from her blog Pommepal, and I visited Darwin and accommodation, especially budget, is scarce We were fortunate that Stephanie and Regis let us park in their car port. Matilda our Toyota pop-top van just fitted under the shade cloth canopy. We are self-contained, except we needed to use their shower and toilet, no problem, they are very kind and hospitable people. Stephanie also made us vegetarian treats, mostly from her plot in the “Snake Bean Community Garden.
We learnt a lot from Stephanie and Regis. Regis works at the museum and gave us a guided tour, explaining many things we would have over looked. Stephanie is very knowledgeable especially in conservation and thrifty living. She has a blog site that is full of tips on economical living. The name of the blog is self-explanatory, frugaldownunder.
Stephanie and Regis practice what they advocate, some people talk about all that is wrong with things but have no answers. Go to Stephanie’s blog and get some answers. To know and not to do is still not to know, is an old Chinese saying. Another great saying is, to change the world start with yourself.
What I advocate first is moderation in all things especially watching the T.V. commercials and that is difficult because as soon as you switch on they are bombarding you. Then will power and common sense are needed. Do you need or do you just want it? There is a big difference, we need to eat to stay alive, but we do not necessarily need cake and chocolates, especially if we are already over weight. They are tempting you using all the psychological knowledge available. If you can live without it, it is a luxury and sometimes these extravagances cost more than they are worth.
Some people work long hours at a job they do not like, giving up leisure time for things that only take up valuable space in their home. It would be better to work at something you like doing for less pay. Stop and take stock of what you value in your life. A bicycle can be more convenient than a car when you consider traffic jams, parking and the cost. It is a good way to exercise to keep fit and no gym fees.
I am not advocating you give up all the things you enjoy. If you enjoy watching T.V. just be selective and aware of those tempting commercials. You may have a real need for a car and unable to bike then a car may be necessary. You need to evaluate for yourself what is a need and what is more a burden than an asset.
Pauline and I enjoy experiencing things first hand rather than on T.V. We like meeting interesting people and we found our Darwin hosts ideal in all respects. We thought Darwin interesting as you can see from the photos in Pauline’s blog if you want to visit it.