Simple Living in Spain: our personal experiences living off the grid and working towards more self-reliance in Matarranya, Teruel, Aragon, Spain.
Storm Filomena, January 2021
People associate Spain with sunny beaches, sangria and tapas. Which is what a holiday at the coast is probably ...
Off-Grid Stories: Sterre in Castellon
People who live off-grid all experience it in a different way; in this ...
Starting a Permaculture Homestead in Spain
We started a small-scale permaculture homestead in Spain wanting to grow ...
How We Have Super-Fast Internet While We Live Off-Grid
If you’re living off-grid and not connected to any main supplies, how is ...
Siesta! Dealing With Summer Heat Like A Spanish Farmer
Too hot to work? Maybe you'll need to do as the Spanish do... and just change your daily routine by adding in a "siesta" or afternoon nap.
Working Without An Office: From Personal Assistant to Online Business
The story of how I started as a personal assistant - and transitioned into a 100% online business.
Recipe: Double Chocolate Banana Cookies
What's better than chocolate cookies? Double chocolate cookies. With banana to sweeten the deal, they become this great and not super-unhealthy double chocolate banana cookies.
9 Tips to Keep your Chickens Safe from Foxes
How can you make sure the friendly neighbourhood foxes don't have your chickens on the menu? Start with these 9 practical tips; and stay vigilant…
7 Lessons From Our “Farm Stay” Bed and Breakfast
When we moved to Spain, we started a bed and breakfast hoping it would make us an income. This is what we learned from it!
The Quest For The Perfect Rooster
Ah, roosters and cockerels (male chickens, if you want). It took us years to get one that does his job exactly right.
Top 10 Tips for Hosts – From the Volunteers’ Point Of View
We've hosted over a hundred volunteers in the past years, and got great feedback from our volunteers too. Here's a roundup of tips for hosts who want to be great hosts!
Top 10 Tips For Volunteers – From The Host’s Point Of View
We've hosted over a hundred volunteers with Workaway, Wwoof and other organisations in the past years. Here are a few tips for volunteers so they can get the most from their volunteering experience!
6 Ways To Make A Living – When You Live Off-Grid
We could make a list of hundreds and hundreds of ways to make a living when you live off-grid - but really, they all fit into these six categories. What works best for you?
7 Things to do before Moving off the Grid
When you start your new life, you'll most likely get tied up DOING all the things - so now's the time to prepare before moving off the grid.
Pros And Cons Of Hosting Volunteers
Hosting volunteers is a great way to get things done on your farm... but sometimes it's just not the right path for you. Read the pros and cons here!
Getting Started With Off-Grid Solar
The basics of setting up a solar system to live off-grid.
How Conscious Grocery Shopping Makes Me A Happier Customer
There's a choice here: do you want to buy cheap stuff or your favourite brand - or do you want to keep the village store open with conscious grocery shopping?
There’s Nothing More Complicated Than A Simple Life
The person who decided to call this lifestyle "simple life" definitely didn't try to LIVE it.
Choosing Grazers For Our Farm: Pros and Cons of 7 different animals
We want our finca to be lush and green; we think the most efficient way to keep the grass nice and short, is to have grazers keep it that way. On the long run, it's not that much more expensive - and a lot more fun.
Our Very Own Alternative Currency: Social Money and the Monthly Exchange Market
An alternative currency, just for our little corner of the world; it sounded like a good idea at the time, and it was awesome while it lasted.
A Forgotten Aspect of Self-Sufficiency: the Importance of Community
Most of us move off-grid to be more self-sufficient... but then we discover how much we need others, and a community around us.
Taking The Leap: Moving Off-Grid
Here are a lot of things to consider when you plan on moving off-grid. Here are just a few…
Building an Off-Grid Home in Matarraña, Spain
We built a beautiful and comfortable off-grid home in Matarraña, Spain. These are some answers to questions most people have about the building process.
7 Reasons to Host Volunteers
There are so many reasons to host volunteers as a way to get things done on your farm... here's why you should consider it!
The 26-Hour Goat Experience
Let’s make our own goat cheese”. That sounds nice, doesn’t it? To make goat cheese though, you need goats. We borrowed two from our friends to see how they’d fit in…