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  • in reply to: off grid in australia #68622
    Marc_uk
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    Hi Phil and Craig. I’ve been doing this on my own in Sussex for a number of years. Check out  https://www.lowimpact.org/unique-opportunity-to-live-on-a-low-impact-off-grid-smallholding-in-devon/

    Also  https://www.diggersanddreamers.org.uk/ and  https://www.ukhippy.com/

    Best of luck to you both, Marc

    in reply to: off grid in australia #68572
    Marc_uk
    Participant

    Anyone who IS doing this will not be reading your post on the internet will they?

    I personally would be happy to be without the web if I had some good company. I wouldn’t want to be without light in Winter evenings though. Not being able to read or do craft work, repairs etc in the evenings would be too much like the ‘dark ages’ for me. Candles, oil lamps etc – not a good alternative when solar is so cheap and readily available.

    in reply to: off grid in australia #68511
    Marc_uk
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    The concept is interesting, but practice tends to be very different from theory. I’d love to have suitable water on my land but I’m in the wrong part of the world. I believe that you actually need a very large volume of water or a very long fall to get much power out of it so the chances of finding a suitable property are slim.

    I’d say that although you’re heart is in the right place, you should be a bit more flexible in your thinking.

    Finding (a) suitable partner(s) is a major challenge anyway. I’ve been living off-grid on my own for many years – still not found anybody who I can get on well enough with to share my dream. Sad but true, that’s the way it is today. Everyone is too different and too unwilling to compromise. – or put in the work that is needed for this sort of lifestyle.

    I wish you luck with your dream anyway :)

    Marc

    in reply to: off grid in australia #68489
    Marc_uk
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    Hi Drew, I’m in the UK too. Whereabouts in the country are you?

    I’m much older than you and have had very different experiences, but as I see it the modern way of life is not really good for anybody. Some people do seem to like it and thrive, but many are not happy or healthy.

    Have a look at diggersanddreamers website, and maybe selfsufficientish.com – there are others too, do a few searches. There are quite a lot of like-minded people out there. There’s the WWOOF organisation, where you can go and help on an organic farm for the weekend, in exchange for good food and a bed for the night.

    Hope you can find what you’re looking for.

    Marc

    in reply to: Finally purchased my land…..now what. #68395
    Marc_uk
    Participant

    What about a trailer? – either factory made or a DIY tiny home.

    I’ve no idea how that would work with the county, but worth looking into?

    in reply to: New to the Forum #68371
    Marc_uk
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    Yes Edd, they’re all a bunch of crooks. Fortunately I’m not hooked up to any except water, and that I get through a neighbouring farmer so don’t have any contact with the water company. I’d hate to be back in the utility free-for-all. Get that camper soon as you can :) –

    Incidentally I saw your post about needing power for welding etc. I have the same problem and just have to find ways round it. You can use a welder off a fairly cheap generator, ditto grinders etc. In fact I mainly use a genny that cost me £90 new for small tools. It’s easy to move around and no great worries about getting it stolen. For a drill I mainly use a 24v cordless that I run on 2 car batteries, charged from the solar panels. I have a bigger generator if I need it, but they are quite cheap now unless you want best quality. Mine’s and old Honda one that cost me £120

    in reply to: New to the Forum #68375
    Marc_uk
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    The 30 day rule (actually I think it’s 28 days) is in one year. Splitting your land into 12? – well, I’ve no idea how you’d stand legally. Think you’d need to check that out pretty carefully before you try, as I’m sure they’d be on to you and give you hell. There may poss. be a size limit written down, don’t know about that. The rule is really intended for farmers doing other things on their land for a short while in the year.

    I guess technically you are expected to pay council tax but as you say they’d never make it stick unless you were in the same place for months on end.

    As for sleeping in odd public places, I think the answer is to be discreet. I never had any real problem. Did get woken at 2 am one night by the cops banging on the van, but only because a nosy resident had seen me there a few times and guessed I was sleeping there. They’d told the cops I was an Irish Gypsy who was going round selling stolen goods. As soon as the cops saw that was a lie they apologised for disturbing me and left me be. My van looked not like a camper but just a panel van so few people could guess what it was. Park up late quietly, and leave early and nobody will ever know. Oh, and don’t use the same place too often, unless you’re sure you’ll not be bothering anybody. There’s hundreds of people doing it all around the country.

    One of the bigger problems is where to get your mail delivered. If you have family or friends who’s address you can use then that’s great.

    Generators – It may depend how big a welder to need to use, and how many hours you plan on running it. Mine’s 2500 watts. There are 3000 watt ones on Ebay for about £300 new. Probably plenty of cheaper used ones to be found. Pay your money and take your chance.

     

    in reply to: UK off-gridders #68353
    Marc_uk
    Participant

    Hi Edd, yep, I fully understand. I lived in a transit van for 5 years. 4 of those were without anywhere to park it, so was just sleeping in lay-bys, on residential streets or industrial estates. I now have a bit of land but the big problem is always planning permission. I’m working my land as a horticultural holding – market garden/nursery so was able to get permission for an agricultural barn. Was living in my van on the land at first but now have a small cabin. If any neighbours find out and decide to grass on you you’ll get kicked off, so there’s no security if you’re doing it illicitly.

    in reply to: UK off-gridders #68356
    Marc_uk
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    Yes, 30 day rule should make it ok. You may still get a visit from the planning dept if anyone calls them. If you can find a suitable bit of land then go for it. I did have thoughts of forming a syndicate and buying 12 pieces of land around the country to move around between, but there are various things to consider apart from finding suitable land and partners.

    Good luck with it anyway, and let us know how you’re getting on.

    in reply to: Money money money money, MONEY! #68314
    Marc_uk
    Participant

    I grow veggies and plants for sale – to one or two neighbours and local markets at weekends, which conveniently are only a couple of miles up the road. I also do a few small odd jobs for people that I know. It’s hard to tell if I really make enough as I’m constantly spending on materials etc to develop the place. The land cost a lot of money initially, and spent quite a bit in first 2 years getting it partly set up.  Still have just a little capital (savings) left from 40 years of hard graft and scrimping.

    Marc_uk
    Participant

    Hi James, good to read your post.  Yep, we’re quite an unusual bunch, so actually you’re far from normal lol :-)

    I’m living off-grid in Sussex, what part of the country are you in? – I know one or two people that are into it, but not many. I do know one young couple who are interested. What ideas do you have about where are how to do it?

    Good luck with it anyway,

    Marc

    in reply to: #68259
    Marc_uk
    Participant

    It’s much harder than you expect. If you can find the right sort of people to join you in a community, then it’ll help, but nothing is as simple as it seems when you’re thinking/dreaming about it.  For a start, you always need money. Fact of life. (at least, modern life!) If you have a good chunk of cash to start out, or a private income, then it’s not so hard. I’ve been trying to do this sort of thing all my adult life, with some success, but not a great deal. Everything takes longer than you expect, costs more, and is more difficult. That’s not to say you shouldn’t want it, or try to do it. Just giving you a little warning lol. It’s not an easy life. It can be a good life, if you are not too difficult to please, don’t mind a lot of hard work and can be happy living under very basic conditions. Oh, and you also need to be very resilient, easy going, and diplomatic if you’re doing this with a group of other people, because there will always be disagreements about how you live and do things.

    Good luck with it though, it’s a fantastic ideal :)

    in reply to: New to the Forum #68227
    Marc_uk
    Participant

    Hi Edd, you sound like you’re in the UK?

    I’ve been mainly off-grid for 9 years so I might have some tips for you.

    Good luck with whatever you do anyway,

    Marc

    in reply to: UK off-gridders #68192
    Marc_uk
    Participant

    Hi Nic, thanks for your reply. I wrote a little about what I’m doing on Wretha’s thread which I’ll try to add a link to. You could send me a mail at mstwo99 – at – aol – dot what you might expect. Try that and I’ll tell you more.

    Here’s the link (as stated above) if it works.

    https://offgriddev.wpengine.com/forums/topic/lets-all-say-hi-to-kick-off-the-new-year/

    Looking forward to chatting about things if nothing else :)

    Marc

    in reply to: MBA/Engineering Off-Grid Refrigerator Project #68182
    Marc_uk
    Participant

    I’ve lived without a fridge for the last 9 years. For most of the time I find it no problem at all. I have an insulated cool box outside, in the shade of a north wall. Only for a short period (maybe 2-3 months) do I have any trouble, and that’s only really with fresh milk. It will only keep 24 hours or so when the weather is really warm. When I get more solar panels I may try a fridge but would only use it in the summer months.

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