Fifteen years ago, my husband and I were leading double lives. We lived in the suburbs of Brisbane and by day, we were plodding along, working, looking after the kids, cooking, cleaning, busy, busy, busy. By night, we were relaxing on our suburban front veranda, sipping a home-brew, reading Grassroots magazine, and fantasising about going bush.
We live on Wiccawood Rural Landsharing Community now, a tiny piece of the Northern Rivers that we share with three other families. Over the past fifteen years we have come a long way to achieving our dream . We bought a share in the community, built a straw bale house, gardened madly, planted fruit trees in floods and droughts, raised pigs, sheep, goats and chicken, established bee hives, and watched our horse-riding children grow up in the safety of a diverse yet close-knit community.
Everything has been leading up to this moment. In 2018, we’re going to do a year of living on the land. No jobs! No travel. No theatre. No lattes. Just us and our little footprint. Our goal is to live on the food that we can provide for ourselves. We think we can live on $10, 000 for the year. So, we’ve been saving money for the last ten years and now that we’ve reached the target we’re ready to go…. Fingers crossed!