In August 2006, we had a Big Green Idea. We decided to get off the hamster wheel of 21st-Century life, sell the house, buy land and live self-sufficiently in yurts, with dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, a horse and whatever else came to mind. For money to buy fuel, insurance and other things we couldn’t grow or make ourselves, we would build the most environmentally and family friendly yurt camp in the world! (My idea, I’m afraid.)
Did we know what we were doing? No. Absolutely not. But we didn’t let that stop us.
August 2007 saw us moving (with our two small children for added difficulty) to 10.47 acres in the heart of the Dordogne – and everything that could possibly go wrong, did. This blog tells almost the whole story, from the first thoughts about devolving, to buying yurts, land and animals, working on the land with almost no experience, dealing with staggering French resistance to our wonderfully simple idea, moving onto the land, building a campsite and hundreds of pages more.
It’s not always a happy tale – we’ve been to hell and back during the writing of this blog – but I’ve always tried to find the humour in sometimes desperate situations. (It’s part of being British. And growing up with Monty Python.) You will also have to forgive the occasional bit of swearing. But in the circumstances, I think it’s understandable.
PS This blog was originally created on another blogging platform and was imported into wordpress in September 2012. Early posts containing images have formatting issues I will get round to when I have time. Please bear with me.