In July 2008 Sarah, Andy and our 2 little girls (4 and 1 year old) finally managed to move into our dream home. We are in a very small village in Monmouthshire in a mostly old house and we finally have the garden we have always dreamed of. We have chickens for the first time and our birthday presents last year included a large axe and a billhook.  OK, it’s only 1/2 acre, but it is vast compared to anything else we’ve ever known, and therein lies the adventure. We wanted a blog to record our adventures as we try to become just ever-so-slightly self-sufficient. At the very least we hope to be producing most of our own fruit and veg in the next few years, and as soon as the reserves recover we’ll be working on improving the energy efficiency of the house. Should be fun, we’ll keep you posted…

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