One Small Change with Hip Mountain Mama…

I have been so inspired by reading this blog post over at Hip Mountain Mama’s blog and as a family we have discussed what would be an important challenge for us to consider as a small change that would impact positively on our environment. Jenna has come up with a wonderful idea that we will attempt to fullfill for the month of January. She has suggested that instead of switching on the light switch when the darkness of evening approaches, we should light our Citronella oil lamps instead as well as candles. We have all decided that we would love to try this. I love these oil lamps, their flickering subtle glow, creating a warmth in the atmosphere as far as their light can reach.
Our little ones also love these lamps because they are probably similar to the lamps used by the pioneers that first travelled to our country and so far across our land in ox wagons to find new hope, freedom and farm… They also love the Ingalls Wilder books and have decided that Laura and Mary would have used these lamps in their homes so many years earlier for light… They are all very excited but also undersatand the impact that it will have to use our lamps instead of switching on the lights and burning fossil fuel for electricity… We will be cooking by lit lamp light, reading by lamp and candle light, I really look forward to this transition and wonderful experience…
We are ready and very keen to be a part of this amazing challenge, thank you so much Hip Mountain Mama for the opportunity to realise this beautiful dream together with so many amazing people all across the globe…
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16 Responses to One Small Change with Hip Mountain Mama…

  1. Naturalearthfarm January 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    upon moving to Vermont, we lived until ths past July in an off-grid mobile home and used lanterns exclusively for light. We so miss them now that we are in our rustic cottage that has conventional electric. With the lamps everyone in the family gathered around the lamp light and the softness of the light was very soothing. Enjoy!
    Warm wishes,
    Tonya

  2. Linda January 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    I will be looking for these now. I like the look, the feel, the idea of simplicity. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Ann January 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    Yes, I was inspired by this blog and will be making all my bread from now on. I also found a very interesting blog from Mrs Green.
    http://myzerowaste.com
    Mrs Green has some great tips and last year only had her dustbin emptied once. It makes for some interesting ready.
    Enjoy

  4. angela January 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    Linda, I love that change it will create such a peaceful environment for the children before bed. It should make a zosy knitting space for you too.

  5. Nicole Spring January 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Oh my goodness! We have been wanting to do this!! How/where did you get the lamps? I was thinking of checkign out thrift stores.

    and OT but can I just gush over your spinning wheel?! Oh how I want one!! <3

    Warmly,
    Nicole

  6. Linda January 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Hi Tonya,
    Thanks so much for visiting:) I just love the light these little flame lamps emit, it is so soft and beautiful and makes the whole environment so welcoming… I am enjoying them so:)
    Warmly
    Linda

    Hello Ann
    Home baked bread is the best and the wonderful aroma that wafts through one’s home while it is baking is so worth it. Thanks for mentioning the blog by Mrs Green, I will go an have a look. It is so wonderful when we can reduce our refuse.
    Warmly
    Linda

    Hello Nicole,
    I have always wanted to have these lamps in our home and I would see tham at our local shop here in South Africa and think about how wonderful it would be to use these instead of electricity. I have bought them now and they are really inexpensive and look quite beautiful especially at night when they are aglow with a flame… I think probably camping stores would also stock these lamps… Thanks so much about the spinningwheel, I do love to spin:)
    Thank you for stopping by, it was lovely to see you here…
    Warmly
    Linda

  7. Linda January 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi Angela,
    It does create a wonderful glow and the children love it. I will definately knit by candle light, I am so looking forward to that:) Thanks for visiting:)
    Warmly
    Linda

  8. goldenbird January 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    Using the oil lamps in the evening is a beautiful idea. I can just see the family gathered around the soft light. I loved those Laura Ingalls books as a child, too, and would like to read them again.

  9. Hip Mountain Mama January 4, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    Wow…this is one of the coolest things I have read so far (and I have read a lot!). What a neat idea…I am really looking forward to hearing how it goes!
    Thanks so much for joining the challenge!
    Suzy

  10. Heather January 4, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Linda, this is a wonderful idea. Using a natural source of light is something that I imagine will have a huge impact on not only the environment, but on your own lives as well. Can’t wait to hear how it impacts you.

  11. Linda January 4, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Hi Stacy,
    The Laura Ingalls Wilder books are so beautiful, I have even bought the recipe book, it is wonderful… Thanks so much for your comment.
    Warmly
    Linda

    Hi Suzy,
    It is an honour to be a part of this challenge, we are so ready to make this change. So very exciting…
    Warmly
    Linda

    Hello Heather,
    Thank you for stopping by:) We are very excited about the new aspect that this light source will bring to our evenings. Happy Monday…
    Warmly
    Linda

  12. Dawn January 5, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    I love oil lamps. Your home will look so beautiful with those burning. That sounds like a great challenge, with a positive impact.

  13. Jane January 5, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    What a lovely idea!

  14. farmama January 5, 2010 at 5:53 am #

    Hi Linda!
    That is a beautiful photograph, and what a great idea to use just lamplight. That’s so funny because my husband and I were just talking about getting some old lamps like this!
    I hope you are well,
    love
    sara

  15. Linda January 5, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    Hello Dawn,
    Thanks for stopping by:) We are so enjoying our oil lamps. I went to visit your new blog yesterday and it is wonderful:)
    Warmly
    Linda

    Hi Jane
    Thanks for leaving a comment:)

    Hello Sara,
    We are all very well, thanks so much for visiting here:) You are going to love these lamps, they create such a warm and nurturing glow:)
    Warmly
    Linda

  16. K January 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    The only caveat I have here (beside fire danger) is that lamps and candles will both leave ghosts on your ceilings. I know this because I have thirty year old ghosts lurking in the corners of the upstairs hall – wherever your house air currents seek the attic as they rise on the heat. They’re a bit hard to clean off. Even so, nothing so romantic and peaceful as a specific, flickering light source. Thirty years ago, we ousted our two furnaces and bought a gas free-standing stove to heat the house. We’re no chillier in places than we used to be, but something about having heat and light come from a specific source is grounding.

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