Tips from your Nana
Illustrations by Tammy Williams
Subject: General, Gen-X, Gift Book
Those of us living in the so-called western world have been looking at life a little differently of late. Turns out those hippies were right after all — building a society based on buying stuff and chucking it out hasn’t left us in a great place. The planet’s prognosis isn’t too rosy, a few men in suits have ended up with all the money, and most of our favourite foods are toxic.
Nana told us this would happen: ‘Waste not, want not,’ she said, knowingly. She also gave us strange homemade things inside jars sealed with tartan fabric and a rubber band. We didn’t pay much attention to those either.
But now we’re starting to wonder what was in those jars and how it was made. We’re looking sideways at the apple tree in the park and thinking, Maybe I don’t need supermarket baby food after all. We’re wishing we didn’t have to fork out more money for a card than the price of the present. ‘Surely I could do that myself,’ we cry, ‘if only I knew how!’
Tips from your Nana is designed to empower you, with a minimum of effort on your part. It will help you save the environment, it will help you save society and better yet — let’s face it, we’re children of our time — it will help you save money.
Hidden in pockets of our world are people who still know how to do stuff. Some of them remember the Great Depression, or a few of the not-so-great depressions since. Some of them were original greenies back in the day. Some of them are bright, young Gen-Y types who realised self-sufficiency was cool again before the rest of us did; others grew up in countries where ‘supermarkets’ and ‘supplies’ were foreign concepts. Many of them have been brought together in this book to show you how to do a range of basic things in a straightforward way — without complicated equipment or ingredients. From growing organic veges, to turning them into preserves, to throwing the scraps to your happy backyard chickens — you can do it!