One day I hope to be living in a cottage in the middle of the countryside with a couple of acres of land, grow enough food to keep me fed all year round, have a couple of pigs, some hens and lots of cats. Starting up a home like that is going to be very difficult. Costs will be high and preparing ground and getting everything right will take years.
Did any of you catch It's Not Easy Being Green last night? I think, dear reader that we can breathe a sigh of relief, because it seems that living a self sufficient life is actually really easy! All you need is an ex-army engineer, a physicist and a rabble of strapping young students who will do all your work for nowt! I did enjoy this programme, to an extent, it made me dream that one day, maybe, I'll be living the good life. And how good did the Strawbridges make life look? Did you ever get the feeling that that family were almost too perfect? There was nothing that a laugh and a smile could do, even having rain water drip onto the electric meter had the wife in hysterics. Sort of. With a programme like this, you want to see some arguments and grumpiness. It would have been interesting to see the children's reactions when told they were moving away from their friends and partners. That would have been good TV.
How many times was the aqueduct explained? What's that? It carries water from the stream to the water wheel? Really! And I thought it was there so that they can recreate some of the water parks from Florida! And what's that? The water wheel collects the water from the aqueduct and the force from that turns it round! And that will produce electricity! Which will power all the lights in the house! Gosh! That's fascinating! But did you really have to tell us that five times in the space of ten minutes? Really, it's not exactly rocket science is it? Ok, it's physics, but you know what I mean. What makes that all the more annoying is that anything that was slightly complicated in the programme was brushed aside and never explained.
The wheel was impressive though.
And so was Dick's mustache!
So many things niggled me about that programme, everything seemed all too perfect, but I think that's because I'm just jealous. It's no River Cottage though, is it?
What did you think of the programme?
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