It’s always been my dream to live self-sufficiently or at least as much as reasonably possible. Why I have this urge to live like this I truly don’t know but I do know it makes me happy and brings out some sort of ‘challenge of nature’ primeval-type feelings. In an age when many of us are disconnected from the earth, living this way feels an adventure.
Our smallholding is in a rural valley in the beautiful English Lake District. Sunny Orchard Farm is 2.5 acres of south facing hillside and we try to produce most of our essentials from it. Water is from a spring high up on the land. Electricity is from solar panels on our home and greenhouse. Vegetables from outside our back door. Money is made from selling the organic produce we grow.
It’s a simple life that involves a lot of manual labour, there is no fridge freezer, no vacuum cleaner and no washing machine. Our house is built out of straw and heated with wood. We try to be ecologically aware but still run a car and eat out sometimes.
We don’t consider ourselves mainstream but neither a bunch of hippies. Our philosophy is very much joining in with modern society but being individual within it and going our own way.
I’ve lived this way for nearly a decade now and it’s given me everything I could have hoped for, a lovely wife, 3 great children, a home, a business and a purpose. Yes it can be hard when there is an endless list of work to do, when the weather is bad, and having to live frugally just about all the time, but there is no other way I’d like to live.
The idea of this blog is to share some of the ideas and experiences that we have had with other folk dreaming of (or already living) the good life.
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