Exactly one year ago today we woke up for the first time on our land, having slept on a rickety broken metal sofa frame in our damp, muddy ‘house’. In that year we’ve built rooms with doors, white-washed the walls with lime, brought running water into the house and have made a semblance of a comfortable cottage home. Much remains to do. We have cleared most of the land so that you can walk from one area to another, established a large garden, and brought bees to the land. We have courgettes, tomatoes and sweet corn a plenty: vegetables common and rare. We have a barrel of honey, a growing jar pile of jams (tangy plum, astringent sloe, blackberry, and more to come). We have aging bottles of sloe gin and mead to come. We have learned how to fell trees, build walls, keep bees, point up, and garden as well as hone burgeoning carpentry skills. And we have also built on open wiki-base for plants, Practical Plants. This may sound like a list full of pride, and in honesty it is; we are content. This has been the richest and happiest year of both of our lives. We send out our thanks to everyone who has helped us build this year; there have been so many of you!
Exactly one year on, we’re still bristling with ambition. Ultimately we do not want just a self-sufficient life on our own. We aim to build a village: a community of friends to share the joys of building a natural and sustainable life withand an eco-socialist village to build local alternatives as part of a wider political movement. As our initial sources of income have faded we are working on alternative plans to keep money coming in for this project. We are excited to begin the second year of our project, today.