I'm green with envy, paikea.
My partner and I bought a typical 1920s mid terrace in a south London suburb in Summer 2010 and have been oft-quoted that we seem to be living 'the Good Life' stereotype. I have a background in Zoology, Sustainable agriculture and farming.
The house has 3 bedrooms and a large open-plan living/dining/kitchen downstairs. It needed much renovation so we've not made as much progress on the 'eco' aspects as we'd like, but we're getting there slowly... At some point we want to build on a front porch and conservatory for insulation purposes, and put solar panels on the roof. The large garage needs tearing down and rebuilding, and we hope to put a turf roof onto the new one this year. It will become OH's workshop and our general storage for 'toys', including all of our bushcraft camping gear.
We are 'runabouts' for our 4 'wonky' hens (we had all the imperfect ones from a local supplier) - we'd love to have ex-batts, but egg production is a key aspect for us as we were worried that batties wouldn't give us what we need, so we have one-eyed Gabrielle, fox-scarred Boo, odd-tailed Jaffa and tufty-headed Token who despite it being winter are laying us about 20 eggs a week. They live in a converted brick-built bomb shelter with a run extension which we built ourselves, and are allowed into the garden when we are at home (to protect them from the urban foxes and the attentions of our two 'Battersea Boy' ginger cats, Simba and Gizmo.
Having just moved in, last year's vegetables were mostly grown in large pots on the patio and in my new greenhouse - we had an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, rainbow chard, squash and assorted herbs, which we didn't consider bad - I made a LOAD of tomato chutneys, cucumber pickles and jam!
This year we've plans to re-design the garden with a large raised bed and to plant some more fruit trees (we already have a great Victoria plum and a cobnut). I've been overwintering kale in the greenhouse but I generally buy the 'cheaper' organic and seasonal veggies in - potatoes, onions etc
We are both meat-eaters but all meat is local (as far as it can be, given location) and/or organic. Supermarket shops are done via Ocado/Waitrose as I believe they have the best ethics and support the better farming practices, and delivery means we are not out on the road.
We are transitioning to eco-cleaning (bicarb, white vinegar etc), I use minimal chemicals on face and body (made my own mousturiser yesterday - go me!) and we are in the process of setting up our own business blogging, web designing and selling eco/environmentally friendly products (link to blog
(still in development, with 'green' web hosting) and shop
(up and working) if anyone's interested). Working towards the day when neither of us have to commute into town to work...