Off-grid Living | Living With The Land | Part 7

our world is beautiful our world is abundant it is also a fragile moment daily we are confronted by charges of our overconsumption and the damage caused what might a culture of working with the grain of nature not against it Luke and I lived in a very nice house in Lentini and had everything and I just kept wondering why I was so discontent why I felt there was something missing what what part of me wasn't being fulfilled I had everything that I'd been brought up to believe is what we aim for I longed to live simply I longed for something real something that mattered something that I felt passionately about something a way of contributing and I felt to do that I had to let go of stuff and I just happened to be collecting water from the spring in the village which we did for our drinking water and the a traveler was coming down the hill and he stopped where I was had just walked down from filling water to water his horses and we got chatting he happened to mention that he'd been on a permaculture course and he he just said the three ethics people care Landcare fair share and something in me just slotted into place the three permaculture ethics really had got into my soul and I heard I knew I had an adventure me I knew I had to do something I had no money that's 48 and although I was quite strong at that time I made an agreement with myself in the field that all our needs would be perfectly met and everything that we needed to do what I was going to do would walk down the track so help would come the money would come the skills would come and between me and everybody else we would be able to put together what and what I had in my heart somewhere gradually has evolved and come about our galaxy is a permaculture smallholding off-grid low-impact self-build and I produce food for the community it's just under five acres of ancient water meadow so lots of clay and a high water table probably one of the most important things is the polytunnel 27 meter polytunnel and a small one behind and the two ponds the big reservoir pond at the top and then they're sitting by pond down here the water that runs through the field that we use for watering and it ripples all the way through the field joining up the stream at the top and river bride at the bottom you've got a river fridge a were marie the open fire pit but a lot of the cooking is done and on washing day that's where we might do my cauldron for washing the outside kitchen where we cook all year round a log store which i'm very proud of and where it's nearly full i feel very secure no amount of money would make me feel as secure as a full log shed the flood garden which is probably where that half my money is made and where a lot of the stuff that needs to go outside is growing outside and then we've got the forest garden and up there is mostly fruit so that's high crash crops that that work quite well a year that people can stay in and of course the little green caravan with the turf roof which is a place for people to stay I've never grown before so I didn't have any idea I just went to groves which is our garden center locally and picked all the yummy looking things I thought I'd like to eat while I was actually creating 40 odd beds outside so that's when I suddenly realized there wasn't a little garden grower I had suddenly made myself a commercial grower so I had to get a commercial growers catalog from Kings so I ordered this packet of mizuna which is an oriental salad green and I got a kilo thinking I'm sure that's quite a lot but anyway I'll use it and it lasted me about four years cuz it was so many seeds so I look very very quickly where to order the seeds from what seeds grew what didn't grow I think one of the biggest achievements that I realized today as I'm sixty-four is that I've been here for 16 years I still love it I still thrive on it I was still getting over the challenges and I love it more every year I think I fell into the rhythm of the land of the field the weather of the jobs of the everything almost despite myself I think we all could I don't think it's you know just me I think given an opportunity to live with the land the the next step becomes obvious like there's no point in lighting fire to cook lunch if it's raining so all the time it's about how to adapt with what's going on what's here what needs to the plants have what needs the animals have what jobs who's coming what used to be done there's the bread move doing to the chickens need cleaning out so it's really just rolling on through the day of what what the jobs are next as a steady pace I'm often asked what is permaculture and having asked the question people often turn off but when I say you're a permaculturist I've got their attention so that led me to believe that actually everybody is a permaculture is that we all want the same things we all want shelter we would family at home we need food water we need community ideally we need not to be fighting so therefore that's people care and if we don't look after each other then we're not in any state to look after the land so therefore that comes from community and once we work the land we live with the land and each other in harmony there's an absolute abundance to share we can give it to anybody and everybody I have had a very privileged very conventional average Western life and when people who come from a very similar life come here and they see this as so exceptionally different and it really isn't it's very ordinary it's very simple so I feel as if having had the very privilege which I really appreciate and appreciated at the time for me this is a privilege as well it's just very different it's much more physical it's hard to work it's 24 hours I don't take I don't do 9:00 to 5:00 and I don't miss one little bit I don't miss anything at all there isn't anything this has my entertainment it's it just is my work it's my life it's my love it's everything all in one place you

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