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Saturday, 31 December 2016

New Look & New Life For 2017

As much as I don't believe in the whole "New Year, New Me" bullshit it genuinely does apply to us.

I've been quiet on the subject thus far, I don't like to dwell on negative thoughts as I truly believe in the law of attraction, but for the past 6 months we have been living a nightmare. We accepted an offer on the house, the buyer dropped their price at the last minute when it was too late for us to change our plans and I had already quit my job. Then the sale fell through and we accepted an offer from a different buyer, only for that to fall through at the final hurdle, by this point I was already in Spain and away from Carly and the kids and couldn't bear it. Then we accepted another offer from the original buyer who had found a new buyer for his house and have had nothing but delays and drama the whole time. To top it all off I got a message on boxing day from our next door neighbour in the UK to say it looked like the house had been broken in to and had to deal with the police officer that went round the next day to investigate. We have been at wits end for half of 2016!

The torture will finally be over in January, we can buy our land and start our new life in earnest. So to celebrate 2017 being the best year of our lives we have given the blog a snazzy new outfit and moved it away from the old .blogspot domain to the new

This won't affect reading lists etc as the old address redirects to the new one. From now on I will finally be giving the blog the attention that it deserves, I'll be spending more time making sure the content on the blog is top notch and we'll also be bringing you regular youtube videos of our adventure. We've got some amazing things to share with you in the New Year, we are going back to basics and writing more about the topics this blog was founded on, Permaculture, Preparedness, Homesteading and Survival.

We're super excited to have you all along for the journey with us and we would like to wish you all a

Very Happy New Year, 

May the best of your past be the worst of your future


  1. Hi guys, I sure hope that everything falls into place for you in January and you are able to start what you set out to do in this new chapter of your life. Looking forward to see and read all about the new land and what you plan on doing. Still 6 more hours here before it's New Years, it's snowing like crazy! take care from very snowy Alberta, Canada!!!

  2. Oh no! What terrible things to happen. I hope it all gets sorted soon. New Year, new start. I'm looking forward to following you on your journey in 2017

  3. So sorry for all of that. We had similar problems when buying our dream home here in Wales. I do hope the January plans sort everything and you can start your dream life, too. Best wishes for 2017.

  4. I'm so sorry you had such a rough 6 months. How horrible!
    That said, it can only get better! Best wishes for you guys in the New Year!

  5. Its all in the past and nothing can be done about it so no point on dwelling on negatives, you are all together embarking on a new life what could be better, I am sure there will be lots of exciting things happening that will have made the journey worthwhile :-)

  6. Sometimes the world throws things at you, and you can't duck them, if your path was smooth the journey would be nicer, but each twist adds to your character and I believe makes you a more tolerant person. My mum would say it makes you a better person. Enjoy your real new start, so few of us get to live our dream and any time of life, you have your young children to enhance your journey.

  7. Best of luck to all of you! I hope your house selling troubles are nearly over and look forward to reading about your new adventures.

  8. glad youre going for the positive new year outlook going for the rabbit in the headlights look and its only the 2nd

  9. I am sorry to read that you have had so many problems selling the house. It really is a drain on your emotions and strength.

    I hope 2017, brings you joy, happiness and success.


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