Oh hello.

What I intend to share in this space is my unfolding life as an expat on an Irish tillage farm that is slowly changing from conventional farming practices to a more holistic approach to land stewardship. Currently I live with my husband in a 16 foot yurt beside a hedgerow surrounded by organic and permaculture gardens, a newly planted food forest, and several allotments. Our life is an experiment in alternative living which is fulfilling on a spiritual level, but sometimesย quite frustrating on a practical level. We were both raised in conventional western households with hot water on demand and refrigerators (among so many other all too often taken for granted luxuries), so weโ€™re still struggling to learn and adapt to our ideals.

Our ever growing family thus far consists of myself, my husband Simon, our pup Loki, Kenobi the cat, and four laying hens called Betty, Veronica, Midge, and Ethel. Welcome to my world!

paradise
Our little slice of heaven.
Myself and the always grumpy Kenobi
Myself and the always grumpy Kenobi
Simon and Loki
Simon and Loki

chooks

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26 thoughts on “Oh hello.

  1. Beautifully amazing! We had first looked into living in a yurt! ๐Ÿ™‚ We decided to indulge our minimalist lifestyle on a 12×20 shed instead that we filled in the inside with family and love! I’m looking forward to your post and how the transitioning goes with your land!

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      1. Ireland rains just about every day! I’m from California originally so all this rain still sorta blows my mind. We run on solar so I can’t actually use the laptop on a cloudy day or I kill the lights. I’ve definitely done this before. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜

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      2. I can imagine that is quite a change from California to Ireland! That would be difficult to run on solar in cloudy areas. On solar, what are you using to keep food cool? Do you have a refrigerator or an alternative method of food preservation? I have been wanting to go more off grid in the future and want to be prepared. : )

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  2. Hi there, but but but! we haven’t had rain in Ireland for soooo long now (or did it happen whilst I was asleep) Your yurt looks great. What part of Ireland are you in (I live in Co wicklow at the mo) lovely to hear from you and look forward to reading more ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I really admire and envy your project. Your fortitude is admirable. It is always exciting to find other like-minded people. The humanure project is something that I’ve always been interested in. Best of luck!
    Philo

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  4. Your life looks amazing although I’m sure it has its challenges. All power to you and thank you for visiting Travel Bugg.

    P.S. great pet names ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Hi! I’m not anywhere near what you are doing, but I do love my garden such as it is, and nature of all kinds. Expats from where? I’m a yank from NJ, FL, OH and now Mayo.

    Are you part of the permaculture Ireland FB group?

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    1. Hey there! I’m an expat from northern California (Sonoma), but my husband is Irish. I’ve never been to Mayo! Definitely on the list though. What brought you here?

      I don’t use FB, but I follow a few Irish permaculture groups on Twitter.

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      1. Haha! We too met online and I’m also an import, though more recently. I happened across his blog a few years ago, left a comment which lead to a conversation, then to Twitter, then Skype, and finally he came to see me. I followed him home. ๐Ÿ˜Š We’re married a year and a bit now.
        I’m always so happy to meet other expat wives! Are you on instagram?
        We’re in Kildare.

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      2. I don’t think I’m on Instagram – Pinterest (which I don’t really get) and Twitter (which I really, really don’t get). Mostly FB and the blog, which is anon because I live in a very small town! Trying to think have I ever been to Kildare – I don’t think so! Mayo is beautiful, even though I’ve been posting about Sligo the last few times. It was only an hour drive for me so in US terms, a commute to work!

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