It’s not easy being green
Although I missed the TV series I was lucky enough to get the book of the series and read it over the last couple of days whilst I have been ill. I loved it, not just for the great advice but also for the inspirational attitude of the Strawbridge family and also the great sense of community that they describe. I found the community aspects very appealing and similar to the experience that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall describes in his River Cottage TV series and books, although I guess the availability of TV researchers and cameras helps things along.
I finished the book a few minutes ago and it left me with the following conclusions:
- I would love to live sustainably
- I would like to do it in a house that was designed for the job
- I would need a mix of indoor and outdoor space for growing, as I don’t like tending the garden in the rain
- Wind, Solar and Heat pumps are my preferred sources of power
- I would like a lot of land, so that I could zone it
- The only animals I would have would be Chickens and maybe Goats
- It would have to be in an area that provided plenty of opportunity for walks and cycling
- It would have to be within cycling distance of a good community and a library
My interest in self sufficiency started about 30 years ago when I first read John Seymour’s Complete Guide to Self Sufficiency, although it was only last year that I remembered the authors name and managed to buy myself a copy!