We moved to our smallholding from London a few years ago. We wanted to have a change of life-style, try to be more self sufficient and have less impact
on the environment around us. To this effect we have solar hot water in the farm house and the cottage and wood burners in both, fed by wood produced on our land and solar electric
We have a small flock of Shetland sheep in our field as grass cutters
with the benefit of lamb. We raise rare breed pigs over the warmer months, which helps to protect and sustain these wonderful heritage breeds. The difference between commercially reared supermarket
pork and rare-breed slow-grown pork is night and day. We also keep some chickens and ducks for snail and slug control and to produce wonderfully tasty free range eggs which we sometimes have
available to buy (if the girls are behaving themselves and laying their eggs where we can find them). Occasionally the chicks will go broody and sit on there eggs to produce the next generation of
Goldfinch and Siskin having some winter food.