A new guest blog here from the Little Smallhold in France, they explain their story of getting into a new smallholding life in rural France:
For reasons far too long to go into now we had decided to change our lifestyle towards a more balanced one. We wanted to just step back a bit and move towards self sufficiency but not in some ultra extreme way, we were not going to be making our own clothes, nor were we going to be converting an old bicycle into an electricity generator. Our target was just to become around 90% self sufficient in growing our own food, living a simple life on a little smallhold. Before we took the plunge our experience was keeping a few chickens, a veggie plot and attending a 1 day course in raising a few farmyard animals. So backed by this solid foundation we dived in. We sold everything we had in England and moved to France to start our new life. That was our deep end into which we jumped.
We have been here now for seven years and we have learnt so much and had such a wonderful time. Successes and failures but mostly laughs. We now speak a new language, are well integrated into a new country and community and have reached our goal of self sufficiency on the little smallhold. We may not be rich but we eat like kings. We have around 2.5 hectares of land where we grow all our vegetables. We have fruit trees giving us pears, apples, plums and peaches. Our meat supply comes from Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Geese, Ducks, Turkeys, Pigeons, Rabbits and the new addition of Quails.
We eat seasonal food that we produce and we preserve and store enough to make sure we have a varied diet throughout the year. We have learnt so much in such a short space of time and everyday we learn more. It took us around 3 years to establish the little smallhold into producing what we wanted and it has been a real adventure for us. Of course being in France there is no shortage of people passing on family recipes for us to try with all our lovely fresh, tasty, organic home grown food. La belle vie.
Why did we want to change our life? Why did we move from England? Why did we move to France? How long is a piece of string? – All questions for another time 🙂
Please feel free to follow life on the little smalhold and see how easy it is to start enjoying home grown food at http://www.thelittlesmallhold.com