OK silly thread title but you get the idea.
I am currently living in a house in suburban Sussex that I own jointly with my civil partner and our mortgage provider. However, I've been drawn to exploring alternative, sustainable living models for a few years and I would love to hear about how housing and lifestyle work for you? And in an ideal world - how it would
work for you?REALITY:
I have a pretty typical household set-up by today's standards: A semi-detached 3BR house with small garden and conservatory which is dependent upon the national grid for gas central heating and electric cooking. We will pay a mortgage for the rest of our working lives unless one of us inherits significant money - not looking likely
. We are a lesbian couple and my partner's two school-aged kids live with us and our two cats. DREAM:
After the children leave home (which I do hope will be at age 18...), and pretending for a moment that my partner would be totally aligned with this....I'd like to sell-up, live off-grid and probably in some form of eco co-op. I'd like to barter and take a shared approach to the labour required to cook, clean, mend, raise chickens, grow vegetables and fruit, bake, sew, knit and weave. Ah yes - the simple life. I love the idea of building my own straw bale / cob home. Is living off the land still feasible when you are old or become unable to work though?
What are your lifestyle realities and dreams? Oh - and what alternative communities exist in the UK - do any of you have practical knowledge of any of these?