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Hello! I am Lucy AitkenRead (or Lucy Aitken Read as most people like to write – hehe!) Welcome to my blog! In some ways I am your typical modern hippy. I am a cosleepingbabywearing, breastfeeding mama with a nappy free baby;  my parenting probably belongs in a cave with a tribe.Lulastic Blog Lucy Aitken Read

I am in love with the earth, trees and flowers and wild swimming and that, and want to live  in a way that loves it. Which has kind of meant I have stopped washing my hair and created a home out of recycled leftovers. I am addicted to jumble with a stubbornness that means I can’t buy anything new and RELISH revealing my latest thrifted swag. I love to craft; I think making stuff puts you in touch with your soul and generally feel that being eco-thrifty (as opposed to pound shop thrifty) is a beautiful, subversive political act. I have had hate mail, accusing me of communism. I was proud. Like a coming of age.  I am a ranty liberal, bicarbonate of soda loving, organic- obsessed telly-spurning, sometimes a leetle bit too dirty, hippy. (I hope none of this sounds smug? You can’t be smug when confessing to being a bit dirty can you?)

And, to top it all off? We shifted our family from our South London terrace to a YURT on an organic farm in NEW ZEALAND. You wouldn’t read about it. (Well, you really would, right here, on my blog, if you like…)

But. Alas.

It’s my eyeballs, you see.

THEY LOVE TO BE PLEASED.

They like style. They enjoy the absurdities of fashion. They want the whole world to look like the Mad Men set. They are 1950’s eyeballs embedded in a 1982 body.

I spend way too long combing my quiff, toying with clothes, admiring interiors. These blinking eyeballs really don’t like earthy. Browns, greens, a hempy vibe just won’t satisfy them.

So, sorry, world. You only get hippy with a twist, a shaky hippy, one prone to wobble when faced with another unnecessary vintage dress.

And unless I cast out these rapscallision eyeballs of mine, it will simply have to do.

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46 Comments

  • Reply leenie 15 June, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Love your blog!

    • Reply lulastic 15 June, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you 😀 (biggest smile evs)

    • Reply Kelly 30 January, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Hi Lucy, just wanted to drop you a message to thank you really. I first came across your blog a few months ago and it’s actually changed my life! I was going through a difficult period not really sure where my life was going, not really feeling comfortable or truly happy but wasn’t sure why…I just felt like something was missing, as if I wasn’t living my true purpose in life. I’m a single mum of 3 children and I always dreamed of living a life of freedom with them, being able to live how we please, take them travelling and not have anything holding us back. I didn’t have a clue how we were going to achieve this as they were at school daily and there seemed to be loads of things holding us back. Then I came across your blog and I was like ‘wow you have the type of life I want!’ You seemed so free and happy and all of your values resonated with mine. I message you and asked how you manage to take the children out of school and you said you unschool them. I had never heard anything like that before and had no idea what it was but I knew I just had to find out more. This was months ago and after spending month after month researching I am now a home educator! My 3 children couldn’t wait to begin our new journey, we’re now in week 4 and nothing in our lives has ever felt so right. Me and my kids are so happy and feel so free, I feel like I’ve put two fingers up at all the people who’s ever held me down and now the sky is the limit…I feel like I’m finally finding my true self and have the confidence to be myself and in turn am a better mother because of this. Sorry for the long message but just had to say thank you because you inspired me to change and I am so glad I stumbled across your blog that day 🙂 I have started writing a blog about our journey too, although it’s still a work in progress! http://homeschool.kellysjourney2freedom.com/2016/01/23/day-13-18-of-home-education/

      • Lucy
        Reply Lucy 4 February, 2016 at 3:09 pm

        Ah, your message has pretty much made my year! Thank you for taking the time to tell me! I shall save it and read regularly. So so incredible to hear the freedom you feel now. Love to you all!

  • Reply NaturalWoman 13 October, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Me too

  • Reply Valerie 6 December, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Just found your blog – I look forward to reading more!! Love what I’ve seen so far. 😀

  • Reply Kendle 28 January, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Where do live? I feel as if your in the Northwest. Portland for hippy loving example!

  • Reply Kate 30 January, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Lucy I am being a complete cucumber – how do I ‘follow’ this blog via wordpress? I just started a blog *squeel* and I want to make sure people can see I follow you and therefore be able to access your blog. Help!

  • Reply Kate 30 January, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    This isn’t a wordpress site THAT’s why…hummm….I’d still love to have a link to it somehow?
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  • Reply Gemma 13 February, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Hi, do you have a Youtube channel please?
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 13 February, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      No 🙁 Me filming myself is a disaster! I’ve some vlogs on the Netmums channel though 🙂

  • Reply Gemma 14 February, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks. I have already found them so thought you might have a Youtube of your own :-).
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  • Reply Janice 5 March, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Great blog! Currently I am not in a relationship but motherhood is definitely in the cards for me in the next couple of years.

  • Reply Melanie 23 May, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Hi, just stumbled across your blog when I was researching if bicarb of soda was the same as baking soda to wash my hair cos they all seem to be american ‘no-poo’ recipes lol
    Anyway, just read your about page, I’m 19, not a mother, however its great to know there are others like me! I’m a modern, vegan, animal and earth loving hippy trying to get back to nature as much as possible. Thanks for your blog xxx Peace&Love

  • Reply JessieD 19 June, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Oh dear oh dear. This is the first blog I’ve ever read one paragraph of and signed up to immediately. I think this may be the start of something very lovely. xxx

  • Reply Olatz 21 July, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Just found your blog. Although parenting doesn’t come to what I need, the other stuff is pretty helpful and, anyway, I must say I believe you are bringing up a beautiful family in the best way possible and, though you don’t even know me, I thank you for educating your children the way you are doing. I feel a little bit of more hope for this world (don’t know if it’s said that way, English is not my first language)

  • Reply Thalia Kehoe Rowden 2 August, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Do you know, I come back and read this every so often because I love it so much.

    Keep being awesome.
    xox tkr
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  • Reply Emma 24 December, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Just found your blog today and love it. You have made me laugh and smile. I’m a boho creative soul who loves drawing and painting, style, and the beauty of the small things in life. I also love twinkly things and spend my life distracted by glitter. So glad to have found you. Em
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  • Reply Anna Bordignon 4 March, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Great blog. Love the modern day hippie thing mixed with technology. Kinda of where our recipe blog is coming from….Anna 🙂

  • Reply Ben 7 May, 2014 at 12:07 am

    A friend pushed me to have a look at your website but…

    It’s not for me.

    I’ve groaned a lot today. I see way too many mums like this where I live and its just horrible; all this stuff has just become a grim cliché to me now; Look! My little baby starchild is such an individual, AS AM I! Um, no, they’re the same as all the others really and actually are now being used as some sort of pawns in a weird little middle-class boho game of one-upmanship that the mums are competing in. There’s a good market in it though.

    Sorry. I tried it but I just don’t like it.

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 7 May, 2014 at 9:10 am

      HAHAHHAGAGHA how wonderful of you to take the time to let me know!

  • Reply Kate Bartlett 21 August, 2014 at 12:18 am

    In keeping with the ‘no poo’ hair, just wondering what face/skincare you use?

    Thanks

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 21 August, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      The answer is in the book! Teeheheee.
      I use bicarbonate of soda and coconut oil really, that is all!

  • Reply Michael Chew 21 August, 2014 at 12:29 am

    hi lucy,
    I came across your blog from an age article… glad finally someone is spruiking the no shampoo thing in print worm! I’ve just used water for the last 10 years or so (I’m 34) on my long locks, and my hair couldnt be healthier and I get complements all the time (and then get to shock people with THE TRUTH:).

    best wishes for the book!

    cheerio Michael

    PS: I’m doing a little art project called buried words (I put the website below)… to explore the feelings people fear saying… check it and please share if you like it, would love to get as many contributions as possible!
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  • Reply Jane 13 March, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Hi Lucy
    I love finding people to add to my (virtual) tribe. So happy to have found you 🙂
    Good luck with your big new venture.
    We live on a 1300 square metre block in a very bushy spot not far from a major town in NSW (Australia). For me, it’s a great ‘hippy ‘compromise. I was a kid in london in the 1960s and just wanted to be 10 years older so I could be a real hippy. I’ve never lost that desire. I was a breast-feeding, cloth-nappy-using, co-sleeping, gentle-parenting, glass-half-full kinda mother for 20 years, but then my kids grew up and I got a little bit lost in the world of the ‘working woman’ (albeit it in a very caring profession). I’m back on track now – bigger and better. I make all my own products, recycle and compost, and eat a close-to paleo diet. I only buy what I really need and am about to embark on Marie Kondo’s ‘Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ where I intend to dispose of /organise the contents of my entire house over Easter so I only have things that have meaning and bring me joy. Shortly we will build a new eco-house on the top of our very steep block where I have a great veggie and herb patch planned and lots of fruit trees going in.
    It doesn’t get much better than this.
    Keep up the good work, Lucy. The world needs more people like you (and less people like ‘Ben’ above).
    Cheers
    Jane

  • Reply ana 4 April, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Hello Lucy, I love your blog, it´s amazing. Thanks a lot!

    Kisses from Spain!!!

  • Reply Julio Cesar Yecerra 14 April, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Muy interesante tu experiencia de vida, sobre todo ahora que cada vez estamos más confusos en lo debe ser la relación del ser humano/natura. Sería muy importante que en tus sites tuvieras una aplicacion para cambio de idioma, especialmente, espaňol.

  • Reply Jennay 11 June, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Just found your blog! Absolutely LOVE it! Looking forward to following along!
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  • Reply Julia 16 September, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    It was so fun meeting you today, Lucy! Your inspirational lifestyle probably just changed my life! We shall see…Safe travels back to NZ with your lovely family!

  • Reply Tanita 17 October, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Hey Lucy I just found your blog, you are so awesome. I love your confidence and everything you write has such meaning and purpose it is beautiful to read. It is great to have found you. so very great. I think I will learn lot from you. I too have two children. I am sensitive to my children’s needs and have become a better parent as the years have gone on. But you have paved the way so to speak for me that I am okay to be me and raise my children as I do. I hear the term you are too soft, a lot. Kind of annoying because I don’t see it that way more that like you say my children are human beings just like me. Thank you I am beyond happy to have found a great woman online like yourself. Tanita x

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 17 October, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Ah, wow, thank you! There are thousands and thousands of people living this way – with a kind, respectful family life hooray! I am super grateful to the three or four mamas that opened the door for me, to peer into this brave new world!!

  • Reply Miranda 30 October, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Really enjoyed your blog Lucy!

    I was wondering what hairdresser’s you went to in Peckham? I’ve been no poo for 2 months and I badly need a haircut now. I’d like to go somewhere where I won’t be judged! Could you suggest somewhere in London? I would like a scalp massage with water, but without any products.

    Thanks!
    Miranda

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 31 October, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Awesome 🙂 I think it is Cool Cuts – possibly Cutz (classic) in the Nunhead area 🙂

  • Reply Alexa Aurelia 10 November, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Lovely Lucy! A few weeks ago I found out about your blog & your book ! I love it! I m a no poo girl too, a thaimassage practitioner & midwife – moving to NZ in december with my chilean bf …. When ever there is a chance to meet, I would love to. We are seeking for some more hippies living their lovely lifes as we do
    Keep on with your incredible work & family!
    Will always be happy to read in your blog!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 10 November, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      How great! Yes can in touch, fellow hippy 🙂

      • Reply Alexa Aurelia 11 November, 2015 at 3:03 am

        Yea! Can´t wait to share some more hippie – stories 🙂

  • Reply Morningirl 11 November, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Hi Lucy

    I absolutely love your blog. I don’t have time to read much on the internet but I always go for yours first as it’s so funny and so relevant to my parenting experience. I’m also fascinated with your yurt outdoor living journey.

    I live in the city but I’m a city country girl (if that makes sense). Brought up in the city (Southampton, UK) by parents who always had us looking around for anything wild and who took us into the parks, beaches and rivers of the city and out of the city, at any opportunity. My mum always has her derriere in the air looking at plants growing anywhere (even in the gutter). She’s nearly seventy now but nothing changes. And my dad used to drag us round the deserted docks (in the eighties) climbing in the sheds and along the railway tracks, and down to the shingly beaches to paddle in the rubbish and build fires as well as out into the New Forest ever weekend and holiday. So we were so lucky – adventure at every opportunity.

    I had an idea for your rewilding thing – not relevant to you as you only have cold water anyway I think – but for city dwellers – turn the shower to cold every morning after main shower. I try to do this every day in the winter. I love swimming outdoors but obviously living in London can’t do it all the time (althoug Hampstead etc whenever poss of course). I think it definitely helps my immunity and it gives me that zingy feeling you get from sea and river swims which I don’t get to do as much as I would like. I guess harder for the kids to do in terms of rewilding the children but teens could be encouraged!!!

    Anyway. Will keep reading. So tired tonight couldn’t find your email so am posting a comment instead and hoping you get to read it.

    Morningirl74

  • Reply Slaven Kljucanin 19 December, 2015 at 7:09 am

    I like your blog! Some very nice pictures and inspiring stories and ideas.
    Are you New Zealander? Just curious.
    All the best from Rocles (48300)
    France

  • Reply Samih Sheikh 18 January, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Hi Lucy,
    Wishing you a great 2016. I just wanted to share my story with you regarding the rye flour shampoo recipe. Iam based in London and Iam a male . I had a really sensitive scalp and had issues with dandruff for the past many years. I tried every shampoo expensive to organic. All herbal and other alternate options. So many oils just to solve my issue. I went to many dermatologists they gave me medication and gels but all in vain. I came across your blog while googling a remedy that could solve my issue. Its been 2 months and I cant imagine iam so happy and feels like I have a new scalp on my head.. No dandruff , no itching or flaking no dryness its just all so normal. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your blog and its like an inspiration for me . By the way I use rye flour (wholemeal) and it works great for me…
    Regards,

    Sami

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