For about eighteen months we've been searching for a smallholding property to buy. Somewhere with two or three acres, a nice house, not too expensive, oh and close to a station with a fast commute time into London. For some reason we can't work out, it's proving a challenge…
So while we're looking for our smallholding, we’re learning on our 'microholding' (aka a corner of the garden at the family home in High Wycombe). We have a couple of chicken enclosures, a greenhouse, some small fruit trees, compost bins, raised beds, and err… well that's about it really.
Here’s an aerial view:
Yup, it really is that small - but hey, small is beautiful and brings the benefit of scaling down the impact of our mistakes. And if and when we actually manage to find a property, then we'll just seamlessly transition to our new home and upscale :)
We've been using the microholding to run a few projects. These have included:
Looking after half a dozen chickens
Building a cob oven
Setting up an aquaponics system
Experimenting with solar power
So now we have a website, the plan is to get writing and share our triumphs and disasters, and hopefully make some connections with other like-minded souls. Who knows where it'll lead?
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