|Our veg garden: we eat what's there|
You simply cannot do it all unless you’re some kind of superman or want to be permanently exhausted – hence a reasonable approach is needed, focusing on the things that are important to you.
|Making crips from home-grown potatoes|
Bartering is a good option for items that you cannot produce or have no time to make yourself. We’ve bartered veg for Portuguese custard tarts, plants and venison. And often people will give you stuff for free. We like to do that ourselves if we have any spare seedlings or veg.
So leading a reasonably good life is about self reliance rather than true self-sufficiency. We’ve focused on:
- Self-sufficiency in vegetables, eggs, fruit and herbs
- Baking all our own sourdough bread from home-milled flour and baking cakes
- Making all our own snacks, jams, jellies, chutneys and hedgerow wines
- Growing and drying our own herbal teas
- Hunting for game and angling for fish
- Organic gardening
- Processing wood from logs for our solid-fuel heating
- Doing as much as possible ourselves when it comes to renovating and maintaining the house and grounds.