The weather has improved with + temperatures during the day and a nice bit of sun. Still –3 odd at night but ok for staying in the campervan.

Spent two nights at the land to make a start on the plasterboarding work. I was a bit worried about staying up there on my own as its a bit eerie at night, lots of empty buildings and strange noises. I kept awake on high alert all night by the constant barking of dogs and what I think must have been the screaming of goats, which sounded like someone screaming for their life. This aside I managed to man-up and get on with work.

The Job:

To plasterboard and insulate the walls and ceiling in the first barn room. Eventually to make another room and toilet in the barn, but first things first.

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I was concentrating on the room at the bottom of the picture.

I got started about 18:00, after dropping off our load of platerboards and tools from Warsaw, and then picking up all of our wood. I managed to work a few things out and get a couple of bits of batten up before the call of my chicken soup warming on the fire and couple of beers was too much and I called it a night.

First Night

Oki finally settled down.

1st Night.

As I mentioned I didn’t sleep that well but did get some rest in between the goat screams and dogs howling. I woke up just before 6am to see the sunrise and have a look around the land for wildlife. There is still ice on the pond and the ground was frozen solid. The sun rose at 100 degrees east, it was good to see which parts of the land get the first bits of light this time of year. Will help with the location of the Polytunel.

Sunrise 1st Morning.

The second day things went quite slowly. I worked from 8 til 20:30 but only managed to finish the wall I started the first night and get the batten up and the panel behind the fire in place before I finished.

First Day.

End of 1st Day.

A long day. The dog was unsettled again with all the howling, he looks a bit like a wolf but he doesn’t seem that wild, I think he was more scared than me. We’ll need a bigger dog for security I think. In the end, after he stomped around the room a bit and kept staring at me, he found a piece of insulation to sleep on. Is it a cat or a dog?

End of 1st Day.

Slept well. Woke at the same time and walked around the land again. Saw a group of 5 Roe dear, I got really close by lurking around the bushes. There were a couple of young ones playing, running around in circles, kind of like Oki when he’s being crazy. Also saw a hare. We don’t have many rabbits but there are a few of these about.

2nd Day. Sunrise over the buildings and middle pond.

A breakfast of porridge to start the day, following the recipe of a real live Scottsman from Cornwall; salt, butter, milk and brown sugar! Fuel for the day.

Breakfast station Second Day.

Back to work. I was up against the clock as I wanted to leave just after dark. Managed to just finish the second wall. Doesn’t sound very good but they were finicky. The rest will be a bit quicker and I should have some help Saturday to do the ceiling and make a start on the studwork in the other room.

End of 2nd Day.

Job done, all bit it a little rustic in style.

End of 2nd Day.

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Following a period of inactivity on our blog in 2012 we are picking it up again under quite different circumstances.

When we first started this blog we had just acquired our first allotment and were  keen to learn about growing our own fruit and veg, as well as catching fish, foraging and anything else that would help us live a bit cheaper. we have always been drawn to the  type of  self-sufficient life John Seymour describes in his ‘Fat of the Land’. All my ventures in the past, and now ours (with my wife), have in one way or another been with this in mind, always limited by our lack of capital to start any type of small-holding.

Well last year things  started to move forward when my wife’s family bought a small-holding in Poland. We signed up to move over and help work the land. Our inactivity on the blog was due to a few changes we had to make in England to get us into the position to move over to Poland in November 2012. Our allotment suffered a lot due to us moving into a caravan a 20-mile round trip away. Initially I kept up planting by cycling to and fro, but this wasn’t sustainable over the year with work etc.

Sad sight of our allotment after we neglected it 2012.

Sad sight of our allotment after we neglected it 2012.

It was a bit sad but our allotment suffered and we took to monthly visits just to strim the weeds. In summary we packed everything up in England, left our regular jobs, and I moved away from family and friends to emigrate to Poland.

A few months on and we are in Poland, waiting out the winter in the city ready to start restoring the buildings so that we can live there, and working the land. Our goal now is to work towards the type of self-sufficiency John Seymour achieved. This is a loose goal, I see ourselves on a path from our recent way of life, working 9-5 all week and then spending all our money on food and accommodation, to a life of working very long hours on our own small-holding to directly provide the things we  need as a family.

Our families plot. Slightly larger at  70,000 m2.

Our families plot. Slightly larger at 70,000 m2.

I will be providing the technical information as I did for the allotment before. Again I am still not in any way an expert but hopefully our efforts will be of interest to people who are thinking about a similar move. The blog also serves as a way to document things for ourselves and our family to come, its already interesting to look back at our first posts from a couple of years ago when all this was just a pipe dream.

A few pictures so you get the idea:

Barns and Houses in the distance.

Barns and Houses in the distance.

Main house on a sunny day.

Main house on a sunny day.

Largest of the three ponds.

Largest of the three ponds.

Winter view from entrance.

Winter view from entrance.