A lifestyle change took place when we moved to our smallholding in Wales, we are leaving behind the consumerism of life, growing our food, raising our meat, living our lives to the full, enjoying every day the highs and lows of country living, but not going without just doing it better.
My name is Dawn, I am married to Martin, Martin has to return to work each week and come home at week ends,
We both have the same goal in life, to be as self reliant as possible, I have always had an interest in growing stuff, my dad used to have a veg plot and I spent many a happy hour out there with him, one of my earliest memories is dad pulling up a young snowball turnip wiping off and handing it to me to eat.
My dad use to love working with wood and was a great craftsman, it is down to him I also have a love of all things wood.
Mum was into knitting and sewing and that is were my interest in crafts stem from, mum was always trying new crafts, jewellery making and fabric painting, she use to demonstrate knitting machines. Mum was a terrible cook and that is what sparked my interest in food, I don't like tinned stuff it reminds me of what mum used to serve up, I don't like processed food or convenience foods, I like real food.
Martin and I have 4 grown up children and at the last count 13 grandchildren, I have always wanted to pass on my love of crafts, the outdoors, growing food and keeping animals to my grandchildren.
July 4th Independence day saw us finally move to a smallholding in Carmarthenshire in Wales, it took 20 years of hard work, many tears and disappointments along the way but we got here in the end. We have 5 Acres to use for livestock and growing food, we brought the Bees Chickens and Alpacas with us, the journey has not ended its only just starting.