zw-blogpicI’m an anthropologist turned freelance writer living in Cape Town with my husband (a farm boy at heart) and my two young sons (not so farmy). Since hanging up our expat boots four years ago, we’ve been exploring ways to tread a little lighter, without having to transplant from the suburbs to the sticks (though that’s tempting).

This blog chronicles our journey as we simplify and whittle down. Finding ways, however tiny, to reconnect with nature, ditch the plastic, scale back the technology and, hopefully, learn how to grow our own food. But it’s also about my other passions – travel, living abroad and health & wellness.

If you’re new here, here are a few tips to help get you started:

  • For anything zero waste related – that is, ditching the plastic, recycling and composting, head over here.
  • You’ll find the trials and tribulations of our recently planted veggie garden (as well as some tips on growing) over here.
  • My flashbacks to life in Beijing, Hong Kong and London can be found here and here.
  • I’m something of a luddite (ironic I know) and have a fairly fraught relationship with technology. I do some navel-gazing about that in Technofiles.
  • And if you’re a lover of lists, you’ll wanna go here.

While I hope you’ll be inspired and find a few useful tips, much of what I write is about the journey — the stops and starts and the tweaks. It’s all quite new for us and we’re figuring it out as we go along.

Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to hearing about your own sustainability journey!

(the backyard anthropologist)