Nice to Meet You!
We’re Hugh & Fiona. We lived busy professional lives with office jobs before making a life changing decision to move to the countryside.
Our rural dream has come true. We grow vegetables and fruit as well as breed Orpington chickens. We make many of our household products. We reuse, recycle and repurpose to reduce our bills.
We share all of this in tutorial videos our YouTube channel and share videos and pictures on our social media.
Come and join us!
From the blog
Our home is our wonderful sanctuary. It gives us so much joy and our move to the smallholding lifestyle has been amazing, but…. yes, there’s a “but”. The work on the smallholding is dictated by the seasons and sometimes balancing this with earning money as well as supporting friends and family can be overwhelming.
We breed Buff Orpingtons chickens here on the smallholding and we love this friendly and animated breed. Each year we buy in a small number of hatching eggs. This is so we can select an unrelated cockerel from the chicks that hatch as our breeding cockerel for the following year. This helps keep our flockContinue reading “An Unexpected Chick”
I love strawberries. I really, really love strawberries. To feed my love of these fruits we’ve planted 300 square feet of them in our field. At this time of year we spend LOTS of time picking them and processing them so that we (OK, I should really have said “I”) can enjoy them all yearContinue reading “Strawberries Everywhere!”