Hello all, my name is Dan and I welcome you to my blog. I am committed to living in a less materialistic way and to embrace more and more a self-sufficient (ish) way of living and to to get back to a make do and mend sort of lifestyle.
At the moment I am living in London and my first step is to put my small flat on the market and to move to a more countrified location. I will, hopefully, in the next few months, be selling up here and moving back to my roots in Lancashire. it is lucky to be able to move from South to North as selling a flat here should enable me to buy a house with a garden there with a fairly small mortgage. Once there I hope to move back toward living in a different way, using the garden to grow edibles, cooking and storing my produce with help from freezer, preserving, bottling, drying etc. I want to experiment with making products such as hand-creams, soap etc., brew my own wine and beer, make cordials and generally find new ways to live a hopefully more green and less materialistic life.
Meanwhile I am still in London in a flat which may or may not sell quickly, so while I am waiting I am going to begin by learning as many techniques and practise some of the things I hope to do.
This blog is going to be my diary of my slow but sure bid for self-sufficiency.
More to follow.