little blue wagon

Me and my little blue wagon are parked up at my lovely friend, Kim’s, farm now. 

The big flood forced a relocation – from Martyn’s to Kim’s, just around the corner. To keep the farmgirl in me happy, I will call Kim’s ‘farm’ a farm even though it’s a medium sized town block in Lismore. We’ll turn it into a farm with lots of food production in the coming months! 

my place

What I’ve been doing:

  • moved wagon to Kim’s (with unfortunate associated use of a friend’s vehicle and fossil fuel)
  • cut bamboo from neighbouring massive clump and used some to support tarp
  • built a little deck using old pallets found on the corner of the street after the flood
  • built the rocket stove and set up a wooden box for fuel storage (paper, twigs, pine cones and building offcuts) – the box had been previously used inside the wagon for clothes storage until wet through in the flood
  • built a little table of sorts on the deck using bits of timber lying around the place
  • set up a kitchen sink out the back
  • started work on my ‘outhouse’ (using bamboo and pallets) – a place with a bit of privacy for my bucket loo and bathing
  • used my bike and it’s associated little trailer (built using old bits of bikes by my Dad and given to me for Xmas last year), to transport stuff to Kim’s farm






  • helping Kim prepare her house for moving in
  • grieving some personal loss (see last post)
  • some fun interviews 
  • started helping out on the Green Goddess stall at the organic markets again
  • going back to my friend’s Koonorigan farm to help look after the cutest little kid once a week so he doesn’t have to do Kindy 5 days/week

Thanks heaps to Kim for having me take up part of her backyard and for being a very skilled photographer! She took these great photos. 




45 thoughts on “little blue wagon

  1. I always feel bad to not leave a reply when I read an interesting post and see no one has said anything. What you do does make a difference. I want you to know that.

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      1. Hi Jo. I just heard your story on radio national and thought it wonderful. And i agree with Jim. really are making a difference and sparking creative ideas in others i bet. I like in the lismore cbd. I hope we cross paths one day. I’d love to hear more of your stories. Best wishes …. Kylie

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  2. I truly admire what you are doing. What concerns me is what if you need medical attention? I’m assuming from what I have read so far you don’t live in the USA.

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    1. Hi Laurie, no, I’m in Australia. I have used the medical system here a couple of times in the last two years and it is free for the most part. We are very fortunate here to still have some free healthcare although it is being gradually eroded. Thanks for your support. Cheers, Jo


  3. hi jo,

    i am wondering if you are the jo i used to go riding on horse back with when i was little, and played in the caravan on your parents property way up north qld? was your father a leather crafts man? my email is

    id love to talk if so simular passions it seems


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  4. Hey Jo, I heard your interview this morning on RN. I’m a bit of a traveler myself so I can relate to your chosen lifestyle to a point. If you ever need some help with moving things around or related activities, please give me a call. I’m currently staying in Ballina but travel to Lismore often for various reasons. Well done and good luck 🙂

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  5. Hi Jo. I just listened to your Radio National story. Well! Another generation doing this. I was an early Tuntable/regional hippie with many of the desires and practices you have embraced. There was a string of sheds, tents, geodesic domes and derelict farm houses ( all the rage in the 70s!!) I made livable, complete with outside kitchen set ups, bucket toilets and outside bathing facilities of every description imaginable. To this day, and I’m 68 and living in Cooma now, the life skills and preferences of that time still inform my world. It was hugely enjoyable, educational and liberating. I’m having a serious existential crisis now, still ahead of my time after 50 years and dealing with aging issues, and isolation created by my ideas and experiences. The work of conscious and accountable living never ends. Would you be interested in connecting?

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    1. Hi Anne . Sounds like it was wonderful but I wish it were easier these days for my generation – cost of living and getting a place of your own (or to share) is really getting ridiculous now……..yes, lets connect. My email address is on the ‘About’ page.


  6. Hi Jo, I just heard you talking about your life on Radio National. You must have a fairly hassle free life. It sounds great to me, friends helping each other out. I’d like to do a similar thing with my son, who has special needs, but we’d like to do it in a bus, which of course would have some cost to it. Not as green as your lifestyle but we like a few creature comforts. Good luck with everything. Paul

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    1. Hi Paul. I have a DS son 12. We are based on a small property in gippsland victoria but olan to travel in a bus. Id love to chat if you’re interested.
      Love your Life style Jo. You are welcome down this way anytime you feel the need to experience new scenery. 😊

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  7. I love your lifestyle and how you re-cycle, make and make do, living cleanly and lightly on the earth is wonderful. Three cheers for you and your Little Blue Wagon.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your story Jo. There are so few points of difference in this race of whoever-dies-with-the-most-money-wins. Hearing you talk about your journey on RN was balm. All power to you.

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  9. I’m fascinated by people that live very spartan, deep and stoical in the modern day. I found out about you through through following Daniel Suelo. I live low impact, but not completely moneyless. Growth happens most rapidly whenever we step into our discomfort zone. Good wishes!

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  10. Glad to see you have relocated safely and beautifully. Love your wagon. It’s just perfect! As I keep reading into living well I realise that no single way is perfect but what you are doing seems to come very close. Cheery O


  11. Hi Jo heard you on RN and have done this in the Noosa Hinterland in the 1980s. It is empowering to live without the comforts that others think essential and still feel completely happy. This lifestyle is empowering to you and your survival and also helps others who like to share. Go little blue wagon. Love Marla now retired.

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  12. Hi Jo, I just looked up your RN interview, which I really enjoyed. Your comments that your journey began when you looked at the effects that your lifestyle had on other people far away – really resonated with me. One of the things that has led me on a journey towards living low impact (not as low impact as you!) and ethically is that every time we buy something new it represents the suffering of someone, somewhere that we can’t see in the long supply chain between them and us. That is the direct link, but also, we have so much, and so much of the world has so very little, and often that is a consequence of political manoeuvering which means the more powerful nation gets a bigger slice of the pie. Very, very few financial transactions are innocent.

    I do love your Little Blue Wagon aesthetic, by the way. It looks very homey, like a cosy animal burrow 🙂 Actually, it reminds me of The Borrowers books – those tiny people who borrowed things that the humans wouldn’t miss..

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    1. Thanks for the support, Jo. You really seem to get where I’m coming from. Most of our seemingly innocent purchases have some form of violence in the supply chain if you really look. It was too much for me and sounds as though you are struggling with that too. I’m about to follow up a bit more on The Borrowers as I’ve never heard of that before…..but it does sound as though I might be able to relate somewhat! Cheers, Jo


  13. Love what you’re doing … good on you! I’m very much toward your thinking but altho’ always looking out for tips to ‘live lighter’ I’d worry re sickness esp when ageing like me (over 80) but Hey I do admire your spirit! Stay well & lots of luck! Val

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  14. Well after reading your story Jo I feel warm and soft inside…Its a touch of what I wanted to do. Id still do a similiar thing if I could, but circumstances have changed for me & of course Im a little older.
    There’s ladies who live while driving around Australia, but Id prefer to have a base and grow stuff!

    I truly admire you for your braveness. We need to read stories like this to inspire us to push ahead with seeking the peace that lies in our hearts.

    Happy days!

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  15. Discovered your site from an old New Idea? Love everything you stand for. Just wanted to comment on your rocket stove. Sorry but its so inefficient. Like you I started with this design and cooked every meal and heated all my shower and washing water with this for over 12 months but the bricks are a ‘heat sink’ sucking a lot of the heat from the fire into the bricks rather than the kettle. The rocket stove design principles espoused by the Aprovecho Research facility promote an insulated fire box to direct all the heat to whatever you are cooking. My current rocket stove uses dry wood ash and is a terrific
    zero cost insulator. There’s so much material on youtube I won’t bore you with the details but its worth a look. If you want to go one step further and start collecting carbon instead of burning it, could I suggest a look at TLUD gasifier cook stoves. Again heaps of stuff on youtube. I’ve used one for over 12 months based on the design produced by Art Donnelly on the SeaChar website. All you need is a 20 litre drum and a 250mm offcut of roofing iron. You would be astounded at the amount of biochar that is created as a byproduct that you can put on the garden as fertilizer. Again Thanks. I thought I was the only person interested in reducing our footprint.

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