Having a Rotting Time

We can now pop out and pee in the garden.

Yes that’s right, we’ve finally got round to building some compost bins. Appropriately recycling some of the pallets left by the builders of course. Continue reading

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Who’s your Self-Sufficiency Inspiration?

AbeLincoln“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land” – Abraham Lincoln

If Abe, the dollar bill guy was right, then we ought to be celebrating our heroes of self-sufficiency.

But who are your own personal heroes?

Take our poll and let us know! Continue reading

Bring out the Fizz

Elderflower 3 - June 16Our first ever step on the road to greater self-sufficiency, even before discovering wild garlic, was making Elderflower Champagne.

Once someone has shown you what Elderflower looks like, you can’t help but see and smell it everywhere you go in early June.

And what’s not to like about an alcoholic fizzy drink that is as simple as sticking it in a bucket for 6 days, bottling and drinking! Continue reading

We’ve got a plan Stan

Veg Beds 2016So that’s decide then, we’ll make a start on this Good Life thing by getting going on the veg growing this year, and worry about getting animals next year.

Time is pressing…

“Delve in! The year’s before us. Spring’s promise fills the air” – Frederick Frye Rockwell, “Invitation” Around the Year in the Garden, 1913. Continue reading

Thinking of the Future

Marmalade - Feb 2016I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade” – D.H. Lawrence.

This year we really need to make a start on the whole becoming more self-sufficient thing, now the house is fairly finished. Our store room is imposing an air of expectation upon us. Continue reading

New Year, New Start?

Mistletoe from TSA orchard - Dec 2015It’s February already, but seems like only yesterday it was Christmas Eve and we were fifteen foot up one of the cider apple trees precariously harvesting our very own mistletoe.

But with the New Year has come the challenge of making a new start at The Secret Acre, or at least making a proper start on the plans to be more self-sufficient. Continue reading