Who am I?

Sounds like a game. Maybe I’ve got a post-it note stuck to my head. 

It’s an excercise set by “blogging 101”, the WordPress course I’ve signed up for to help me get some blogging skills.

Most of the excercise has already been addressed on my “About” page. I’m a bloke in his late fifties who, for about the last ten years, has been building a house in the Far North of Scotland. With Hazel, long suffering wife of this parish, I’ve been experimenting with a more self- sufficient, greener lifestyle. Ten years into the project, we’re a lot closer to having a house, not much closer to self sufficiency.

Along the way, I’ve made many mistakes. The blog is going to be an attempt to share some of those mistakes so that other greenies can avoid them. I’m also going to try to share some of the successes, tips for greener living, techniques for allotment and vegetable gardening and being off the grid.

We’re not “Preppers”, sitting around with a bug out bag, waiting for Armageddon.

There are genuine reasons why people should attempt to reconnect with the land, with the skills of their forebears. It’s immensely satisfying to eat a roast dinner, knowing that all of the things on your plate are the result (months) of your own work. I think the first one was roast chicken, potatoes, carrots and cabbage. First time I’d killed anything (not easy). Skinned him because plucking was too fiddly. Tasted fantastic. His name was…. No, you don’t need to know that.


8 thoughts on “Who am I?”

  1. Reblogged this on City Jackdaw and commented:
    This is a relative of mine who is living at the very top of Scotland with his wife in a house they have built, looking to live self-sufficiently. He is new to WordPress and still finding his feet, so will you fine people give him a nice welcome. And maybe throw him a follow 🙂

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  2. Welcome and you are doing something that I would love to do on North Uist, if I was 20 years younger. We have chickens and a big ploy tunnel and an acre of garden in The Fens in Norfolk, so thats the nearest we will get to our dream. I look forward to watching you finish your house 🙂


  3. I followed your like on my blog and reached here- impressed with your life strategy and goal and wish I had the guts to do the same.
    I have read about the long walks and the beautiful countryside of Scotland through the works of James Herriot and have always wished to visit your part of the world.
    In the meanwhile, I would like to visit your site and read about your doings and perhaps ” undoings” for my own inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing and looking forward to reading more.


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