It’s not easy being green

Being greenAlthough 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!

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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