Having succumbed to the temptation to treat myself to a copy of a great Self sufficiency book, despite having no more than a rented garden, I am thoroughly enjoying reading it. As followers of the frugaldom lifestyle, our small garden has produced plenty of fruit and vegetables, along with all the hen, duck and quail eggs that we've had from our poultry microholding. But I keep finding myself tempted by several other very quirky book titles.
Today, for example, I was updating a few links on the new 'Woman Zone' section of the main website and, for some unknown reason, I found myself back on the trail of smallholding. It's most likely because my mind is constantly on microholding, what with the impending housemove, the longer days and the increase in egg production from the hens. I am trying not to get overly optimistic about the possibility of moving into a new house with a much larger garden, but it's very difficult!
Anyhow, it's safe enough to say that my heart is set on one particular house and having seen the large garden, almost a quarter of an acre of it, my imagination has been running riot. The contents of the current garden all need to be moved, regardless of where we end up, so anything that's old or broken is being sawn up for fire wood, along with what's left of all the salvaged pallets that we had. Some were rescued form the skip when the roof here was being done, others were rescued from a nearby distribution warehouse, when they were about to burn them. (Shock, horror!)