Category: Back to the Land

The Big Mistake I Made When Following My Dream 

Seven months into this narrowboat life.  I am sitting on my fold out table looking out at the water from my floating living room.  The early morning sunlight blinds me a little as I write. I can hear the twinkling song of  birds that I am yet to be able to identify. It is a crisp spring morning; finally some...

Six Months Living on my Narrow Boat: How is it Going?

What is life like living on my narrow boat? How am I adapting to this new change of lifestyle? What have these cold winter months been like on living on board? Read on to find out! It doesn’t seem like it has only been six months since I have been back in the UK. Life moves on quickly and takes...

When Dreams Come True

Anyone who has been following this journey of mine for the past few years may be feeling my pain and disappointment at the recent turn of events. To have boldly announced my dreams to the world and have them come crashing down in full view is indeed a lesson in humility.  Yet in a strange twist of fate, as one...

When Dreams Collapse 

This post is the post that I never thought I would be writing.  After three and a half years of dreaming of going back to the land, of writing about it and sharing it, my worst case scenario has come true. The dream has collapsed.  Hence my silence over the last three months.  Not really knowing the best way to...

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Saving the Soil in The Garden of Gaia – Part 2

Starting a Rural Project This post was written in collaboration with the Conscious Planet and El Jardin de Gaia   In this post we return to El Jardin de Gaia, where I was part of a guided tour organised by Save Soil volunteers. I was eager to find out more about how this pioneering rural project first came into being....

Saving the Soil in The Garden of Gaia – Part 1.

An Adventure into Regenerative Agriculture    This post was written in collaboration with the Conscious Planet and El Jardin de Gaia In this post I report on a recent visit to an inspiring and pioneering place not far from Madrid that is proof that a more beautiful world is possible. From regenerative agriculture to the ins and outs of growing...

Earth, Wind and Fire: The Reality of Following Your Most Radical Dreams

From the earth elemental energies to the fundamental permaculture principles, I reflect on what I have learnt so far about the reality of following our most radical dreams.   If you have been following this blog since its inception in 2020, you may be surprised that after so much energy and movement of the first few years of this journey,...

Mountain Climbing Our Way To Our Off-Grid Dreams

Having a great dream in a lot like mountain climbing. You have to descend before you can ascend.   I can hardly believe that three years have passed since I committed myself to this dream of moving from the city to the countryside. If you had told me then that in three years time I would still be writing about...

Dreaming of Community and Camaraderie Outside of the City

There is one missing ingredient of this journey from the city to the country so far: community.   In this post I explore some of the contrasts that I have experienced as it relates to friendships and communal living over the last few years, and what this has shown my about my true desires about moving to the countryside. As...

Moving from the City to the Countryside: Why is it Taking So Long?

  3 years have passed since I first started dreaming about moving from the city to the countryside. In that time, I have made a lot of progress in the direction of my dream. From my explorations of off-grid projects in empty Spain and my involvement in the community garden, to completing my first permaculture design certificate, quitting my 9-5...