Our desire is to have a fulfilling, wholesome lifestyle not based upon gaining wealth and material possessions. Above all having fun is our priority!
We try to live in a low impact way being considerate of future generations even though we don’t have children of our own. We try not to rely on finite fossil fuels preferring instead to find low tech and carbon neutral alternatives. Wherever possible we make what we need and we reuse, recycle and repair anything we can and prefer to buy secondhand rather than new if possible. We find this far more enjoyable than simply going to a shop and buying mass produced stuff.
Quality of food and high animal welfare standards are important to us; we like to know where our food comes from and how it was produced. Therefore we try to be as self sufficient as possible, grow without the use of artificial fertiliser and pesticides and eat seasonally which means that everything is as fresh and full of goodness as it can be. This way we appreciate every mouthful – especially if we have had to wait several months for it to be in season.
Time that we might have spent going out to work to earn money to buy fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat is spent instead on the process of growing, harvesting, cooking and eating our own produce, bringing us enormous satisfaction and enjoyment.
When obtaining food or items that we cannot produce ourselves we try to make sustainable, ethical, and wherever possible local choices.
It’s not all hard work and no play!
We highly value our leisure time and ensure that we get plenty of time off to recharge our batteries by going walking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, surfing, camping and watching films. And we never say no to a party!
Small is beautiful
One of the most inspirational people for me is E. F. Schumacher who identified the environmental impact of man’s lust for development years before it became widely accepted.
“I have no doubt that it is possible to give a new direction to technological development, a direction that shall lead it back to the real needs of man, and that also means: to the actual size of man. Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful.”
E.F. Schumacher (1911 – 1977)
Source: Small is Beautiful, A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, Ch. 10