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The Simple Home - Rhonda Hetzel

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'Being in charge of your own life, and making decisions based on what you want to do rather than what you have to do, gives you a rare kind of contentment and shows you that every ordinary day offers magnificent opportunities.'

In The Simple Home, award-winning blogger and author Rhonda Hetzel shares the practical side of a simple life. Encouraging you to make what you need and look after what you own, she lays out a year of simple-living projects, with a set of valuable skills to learn each month. This is an inspiring, indispensable guide if you want to slow down, take stock of your life and find pleasure and satisfaction in your home.

About the Author

Rhonda Hetzel is a retired journalist and technical writer best known for her award-winning blog, 'Down to Earth'. Rhonda lives with her husband, Hanno, on the Sunshine Coast, where they happily tend a food garden, gather eggs and occasionally look after grandchildren. Rhonda is a keen volunteer worker and is often found presenting simple-living workshops in her community. She won the Green Lifestyle magazine's Local Green Hero Award in 2014. Rhonda is the author of bestseller Down to Earth (2012) and Penguin Special, The Simple Life (2014).

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4.3

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77%

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  • Informative (11)
  • Well written (9)
  • Deserves multiple readings (8)
  • Engaging characters (3)

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Rhonda Hetzel - a writer who gets to the heart of home.

An informative book that can be used as a homemaking reference for all seasons. This book covers a wide range of subjects within the home/garden and offers non judgemental thoughts and warm encouragement...Read complete review

An informative book that can be used as a homemaking reference for all seasons. This book covers a wide range of subjects within the home/garden and offers non judgemental thoughts and warm encouragement on embracing the simple living movement.
Rhonda has lived a down to earth and simple way of life for many years and this book reflects that experience. Beautifully illustrated.

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Nothing new for established simple lifers

An engaging read for those new to or contemplating a different way of life but a disappointing lack of anything new for readers of blogs on simple living or frugality. The chapters are arranged...Read complete review

An engaging read for those new to or contemplating a different way of life but a disappointing lack of anything new for readers of blogs on simple living or frugality. The chapters are arranged in a month-by-month format (with a 'translation' for Northern Hemisphere readers) with food growing advice and timing that works well in the author's sub-tropical climate but makes barely a nod to different (especially cooler) areas.

I read and recommended Ms Hetzel's first book Down To Earth and this follows in the same vein but without the freshness or depth.

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2.0

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    I thought it would have more useful tips, but really, nothing my mum hadn't already taught me. I learnt a couple of tools, but nothing ground breaking.

     
    5.0

    I would buy this book again and again

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    from Brisbane ,Australia

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    • Beautifully Presented
    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Informative
    • Page-Turner
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      Book 2 a follow up from rhondas also beautiful down to earth book.Not only beautifully presented but so useful and just full of amazing help and tips.
      I would buy every one of these nooks. Just so enjoyable.

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      4.0

      Good book

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      from Coffs Harbour

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        Helps you plan the runnning of your household.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An easy guide

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        from Blackbutt, Qld

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          A beautiful tangible book. Rhonda writes in a way that makes you feel like your sitting down together sharing all things homely over a cup of tea.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          True words are spoken - The simple home - Believe It

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          • Continous Use
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            Monthly planner, Guide to self reliance and contentment, believing in yourself. Love it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
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            • Disappointing
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            It has some great practical advice on how to make your own "green" products. Compared with the first book "Down to earth" I found the photography quite disappointing.

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            5.0

            Rhonda Hetzel - a writer who gets to the heart of home.

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            from New Zealand

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              An informative book that can be used as a homemaking reference for all seasons. This book covers a wide range of subjects within the home/garden and offers non judgemental thoughts and warm encouragement on embracing the simple living movement.
              Rhonda has lived a down to earth and simple way of life for many years and this book reflects that experience. Beautifully illustrated.

               
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              Prompt and efficient service

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              Covers a variety of subjects all which interest me

               
              5.0

              The Simple Home

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              from South West Victoria

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              • Deserves Multiple Readings
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                  Use it everyday.
                  Packed with useful information.

                   
                  5.0

                  "The Simple Home" - Inspirational Purchase

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                    Beautiful book - extremely motivating and inspirational. Well written and well set out. Highly recommend purchasing or as a gift

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                    ISBN: 9780670079025
                    ISBN-10: 0670079022
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Hardcover
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 312
                    Published: 1st March 2016
                    Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.6  x 3.2
                    Weight (kg): 23.5
                    Edition Number: 1