Spring - the season for new beginnings

It's the Spring Equinox today and from now light makes significant gains over dark as days get longer and longer till the Summer Solstice. Winter is receding to be replaced by Spring, a season which brings renewed hope and energy for new beginnings.

This year, Winter appears reluctant to loosen its grip: we are only just emerging out of a very cold few days with a significant amount of snow and wind that left us snowed in for a couple of days for the second time this month. Spring serves as a transition season, a buffer between opposites Winter ...

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Open for bookings

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That's it! We are ready to take bookings for short breaks in our shepherd's hut from 1 June onwards. It is very exciting!

In May, we have three couples who have been selected to be our "guinea pigs" and we eagerly await their arrival, comments and feedback, which will be important to us as we embark on this glamping adventure.

Situated in its own private field with stunning views across the rolling hills of Mid-Wales and Shropshire, our shepherd’s hut is the perfect hideaway for an off-grid glamping experience with low impact on the environment. It is ...

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WANTED: Guinea pigs!!!

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We have been busy with getting the shepherd's ready for guests and as we prepare to take bookings for our shepherd's hut, we are looking for keen glampers to come and trial it FOR FREE in return for their constructive feedback about their experience with us.

The terms are: one night between 1 and 31 May 2017, bed and breakfast, one person or one couple, sorry no dogs. This offer is valid until 19 March 2017.

To participate, leave us a comment on here. We will select 3 names and announce the lucky winners on 20 March.

Looking ...

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Resilience in dark times

When we were looking to buy a smallholding, one of our priorities was somewhere where we could be or work towards being “off-grid” for our utilities, or at least some of them. We thought that it would help us achieve our goal of keeping our outgoings to a minimum and feel more in charge/in control of our consumption. We figured that a more sustainable and self-reliant way of living would make us more resilient in an increasingly fragile and unsustainable world with rising living costs, limited resources and the serious challenges we face to tackle and respond to climate ...

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The wonders of Sewage processing

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One thing that attracted me to our smallholding was the fact that we are almost off-grid. It is only the electricity network that we are hooked up to and even with that we hope we feed in more electricity than we use.

One drawback of this as we discovered around Christmas is the maintenance of some quite complicated equipment, one being the sewage treatment plant. Gone are the days when your raw sewage was allowed to flow untreated into the local river and a good thing too for the environment. We have a system called a "Condor Clereflo EP05" which ...

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