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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

We’d love to see if we’ve inspired you to embark on any projects. Email your letters and photos to editorial@pipmagazine.com.au. Each published entrant will receive a limited-edition Pip Magazine print featuring archival inks on textured 300 gsm rag paper.

For the mums

My name is Anita and I am a mother of three boys. This is the first time I’ve bought your magazine and I think it’s fabulous. Robyn’s editorial was so spot on – it brought tears to my eyes and I couldn’t agree more about the rise in depression.

I would love to see an article written for all Australians, but mainly mums out there struggling with depression. I’m one of those mums who struggles with it every day, but I have never admitted it because how can a mum function if she’s mentally unstable?

I started gardening because I lost my full-time job overnight. I am now a mum who spends her time in the garden, which is why I bought your magazine. Growing my own food has given me new hope within myself because now I’m able to provide food to my kids straight from our backyard.

So I think an article which lets mums know it’s okay to be depressed in this global pandemic we are in is needed. It’s okay to feel helpless. My pitch comes straight from a broken place in my heart.

Anita

Riverstone, NSW

Hi Anita,

I’m so glad you have found Pip and you are finding it helpful. I also have three children and I know the benefits of time in the garden. It is such a hard time for so many people at the moment.

Thanks for reaching out and letting me know how you are feeling and what you are going through. I think there are many people in the same boat. I was thinking about doing something along those lines and your email has encouraged me to do it. Watch this space. I hope Pip can help that broken place in your heart.

Big hugs,

Robyn

Suburban dreamer

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the recent podcast with Mara Ripani. It was absolutely fantastic. What an amazing, positive, lovely person. In the podcast you hinted that there might be a future article about her house – I really hope that goes ahead. I want to hear more from this awesome human.

Also, I loved the part of your conversation about raising kids and giving them the space to fit in with their peers, how to gracefully let them have their own voice and how the challenge was really with mum learning to let go. I would love to hear more about this aspect of living a permie/earth-care/mindful life.

I read about families living the ideal dream, homeschooling, living on acreage, etc. I would love to read more articles about people who live in urban/suburban locations, living a partly mainstream life; mainstream schooling, part-time working, etc, and how they are managing to fit a few permaculture elements into their family life. The little changes that they are able to make on small blocks, challenging aspects, non-progressive local governments. Especially right now when plans to slow down, make a tree change, buy acreage, etc., might be put on hold due to Covid or loss of savings.

As a suburb dweller on 800 m2 of sand dune, I crave reading about experiences like Mara’s life in Melbourne before she was able to take the plunge and move. In the meantime, thank you so much for your wonderful magazine. I get so much out of each edition and I look forward to receiving it in the post. Your work is greatly appreciated and valued by this part-time beginner permie with big dreams and a big patch of wind-blown sand.

Sarah

via email

Hi Sarah,

I’m glad you enjoyed the podcast. Mara is an inspiration to me as well, but don’t feel you need to be living in the country devoting all your time to permaculture to live this way. There is so much that can be done, starting right where you are with the time you have available. It’s easy to compare yourself to those who seem to be doing it all, but there are so many little changes you can implement right now which add up over time to big changes. I’ll take your suggestions on board and include something relevant soon.

Warm regards,

Robyn

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