Neil Layton wrote:I wonder, I know there is a thread here for wwoofers/volunteers. How viable would that be?
Neil Layton wrote:Thanks, William
I know it would be easier with a supportive partner, but I think I blew that.
Although, here is another question for those who are doing this. Just how isolated are you on your smallholding? Is it just you and your family, or are there people on and off the site? It's been correctly suggested that it's possible to go completely bonkers if you are stuck in such a place on your own.
To answer your question, though, I'd want to be growing most of my own food with a marketable surplus (although getting it to market and having time to make preserves might prove to be an issue).
I also don't want to be alone in 3 years time, which I suppose answers your question about where I'd want to be personally. I don't see prospects for meeting people, maybe short of wwoofers, who would probably tend to be outside my romantic age bracket anyway.
Is it possible to make it alone? It looks like it. Is it a good idea? That I'm less sure about. I really, really want to do this, but I think I need a partner in crime, which is nothing short of frustrating. There are loads of people on these boards, and many more who aren't, maybe one of whom might team up, but I see reality getting in the way again.
Neil Layton wrote:Thanks for that, Elle.
Who said that "chicks" can't do these things, besides a few arseholes? The most capable person I know in terms of doing the kind of renovations and construction I'd need to be doing is female.
Yep. Cement is a powerful caustic. You don't want to mess with it!
Can I learn to do these things (besides the fact that I'm completely ham fisted)? Most probably. I do note the word "we" in your comment, however. Cement burns are one thing (not fun, but within the expected parameters for "accidents happen"). Getting to accident and emergency if I get cement burns trying to not foul this up on my own is another matter. That's what's worrying me.
Fun? I know it's going to be fun. I wouldn't want to do it if I thought it wasn't going to be fun!
Does it have to be a woman? In principle, no. I have two thoughts. One is that if I'm settling down for the rest of my life I really want that someone to make my emotional life complete as well (and I seem to be exclusively heterosexual). This is one reason I'm so frustrated at the moment - I thought I'd found her, and it all fell apart. The other problem is that I tend be be very uncomfortable around men, more so than women (decades of bullying will do that). I'm also pretty lousy in groups. It comes with being an Aspie. I can be a great asset to another person, but a liability once you hit more than about 3 people. In practice, therefore, probably.
There is supposed to be an Edinburgh permie group, but I can't find anything about it. It may just be a yahoo discussion group (almost silent), or it may be defunct.