How to live off grid with 21st century technology
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I’ve been a bit of a grumpy, overwhelmed Mrs Green lately. I think it’s an early middle age crisis where I’m evaluating everything in my life, but feel like I’m chasing my tail.
What better way to find some ‘me’ space than an off grid cottage in the middle of Wales?
Mrs Green booked us a few days away at Little Pudding Cottage and it was sensational. The location was stunning, the cottage just as you would imagine and the ‘green’ features were fit for *this* Green Goddess!
We didn’t take computers, I couldn’t get a mobile signal unless I tried really hard (I didn’t) and ipods were left at home – this was a real ‘unplugged’ holiday. I have to admit, we were worried we’d find it hard without the computer for company, but nothing could be further from the truth. When I got back home I procrastinated at turning the computer on again for a full 24 hours. Ever since the holiday I’ve been getting up at 6am to start my day with yoga, chanting and acupressure…
Here’s the cottage:
Here’s Little Miss Green running free and you can just see the back of the cottage roof in the distance – this show you how remote this fantastic location is.
There was a wood burner for heating the cottage:
Solar panels for the water. The water for the house was supplied from it’s own borehole (I’m sure glad the borehole drilling wasn’t my job!):
And a gas bottle for cooking on (although we used the woodburner a lot of the time)
There was a generator which you put on for an hour a day:
Which powered these babies for running the lights and plug sockets:
Finally, there were recycling bins and compost heaps provided which you were encouraged to use.
Now you *could* lead a 21st century life with all the mod cons if you wished – there was a satellite in the garden for picking up television, telephone and wifi and some mobile phone signals available; but hey, who wants that when you have this:
What about you – does a place like this inspire you, terrify you or is it home from home?
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