We are mum, Andi (old enough to know better) and teenagers Jack and Harry (young enough to have no clue). We’ve home educated, lived in different countries before, and we are undecided about what we are doing next. So we are taking time out, and having a kind of gap year.
We are doing this on an off grid hill farm in Portugal, the house is a sustainable rammed earth cottage, built long before that was fashionable, we are surrounded by montado – cork forest – and all the amazing wildlife that lives in it. Our nearest neighbours are on the next hill, and the nearest tarmac road is 4 km away. We have solar power and water pumped from our very own spring.
It’s a conscious chance for us to reconnect, explore, relax and hopefully not kill each other. We spend our time collecting firewood, growing our own food, taking care of hens, and an ever growing posse of feral cats who have found us here.
It’s exciting and sometimes a little terrifying. But. So far at least. We absolutely love it!