We lit the Dover stove in the evenings when it turned chilly, and the one evening after our meal, we all sat around it, with our daughter reading to our grandson from the Jungle Book by candle light / parrafin lamp. There was no TV, no radio, just the crackle of the wood burning in the stove and the wind rushing through the trees outside. And the gentle light provided by the candles / lamps. Very snug we were.
It was such a perfect evening, with our entertainment being provided, as it was in days of yore, through the reading of a book. Each time my daughter stopped for a moment, our grandson said, "Please carry on, Mom". What more reward could a storyteller receive than that? And my grandson has discovered that an evening can be enjoyed without the necessity of a modern convenience - the dreaded television.
Days, too, were filled with being outdoors - even if the wind was howling and the temperature wasn't that comfortable - another jersey soon sorted that out!
And I realised that our dream is within reach. In fact, not only is it within reach, but it is rapidly coming to fruition.
What we are trying to do is let the next generation (or two) experience a different kind of life - one that is different from what their everyday lives consist of, and to realise that this other side of life really is OK - especially in this world filled with rush, stress, noise / light and industrial pollution, and the latest gadgets / modern conveniences.
In fact, not only is visiting the farm OK in their book, but they all want to visit and are loathe to leave.
And that is a place where there are few creature comforts - just the bare necessities.
I love it when a plan comes together :-)
All too soon, though, work called us back to town.
But that gave me the opportunity of keeping my eye on all my seedlings which are all peeping above ground.
We have already got a bunch of grapes forming on the grape vine...
My beetroot is coming along very nicely - I had to give it a shadecloth fence - firstly, it was too hot a spot, and secondly, our dog kept digging them up.
And my tomatoes in the east facing retainer blocks, together with the sweetcorn to the right and the little lemon trees I've grown from seed at the top of the photo...