A Life Less Simple is about me and my life; my family has always grown vegetables and we’ve kept goats since I was seven and chickens since before then (I think). As well as the goats and chickens we now have cows, sheep, ponies, donkeys, ducks, geese and quail, and this is just a list of the ‘useful’ animals we have.
I had a very special up bringing, I was home educated and have wonderful memories of things like sitting behind goats at milking time with my brother and sister taking it in turns to have milk squirted into our mouths and of spending days out in the woods with a couple of dogs and goats.
A Life Less Simple came out of a long time thinking about what I was trying to do, I want to live as simple a life has possible, grow my own food, make my own butter, etc. but this in itself just isn’t the easiest or simplest lifestyle to have anymore. Instead of spending my evenings after work watching TV, I spend my evenings gardening, feeding and cleaning out animals, collecting eggs and processing milk and my weekends are spent in much the same way too.
As well as the animals and vegetable garden I’m also interested in rural skills. I can knit and have a ‘sock plan’ to one day be able to make all my own socks from our own sheep’s wool, it will be my own small step to become self-sufficient in more than just food.
I also try wherever possible to support local traders and belong to the local freecycle and LETS groups.