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Our Bold Intention

Welcome to Bold Intention, a log of our personal transition towards a more sustainable lifestyle. We take small steps and the odd large leap towards our ultimate goal of living a much more self sufficient, rural lifestyle in the not too distant future. It’s not going to happen overnight, but unless we start somewhere, it’s not going to happen at all.

Having started a few years ago, we have already installed a more efficient gas boiler at our home, along with a Lovenholm wood burning stove which has seriously lowered our fuel consumption and fuel costs. We have changed many of our light bulbs for more energy efficient types, but not all, due to the costs outweighing the benefits. Raised beds and a polytunnel help provide us with some of our food needs, but we still have quite a ways to go. We are considering new alternatives for improving our chances all the time.

Eventually we will own a more fuel efficient car, hopefully generate a large proportion of the electricity we consume for ourselves, and have a smallholding or plot of land where we will keep our own hens, maybe keep a few other animals and pets for the granddaughters, and grow much of our own food. Those days are getting closer all the time.

The rules are though, that whatever we do must not compromise our current standard of living, so instead must either maintain or improve it. So that means our energy and money saving activities must pay for themselves in a reasonably short period of time, as we will also need enough income from various sources to be able to fully enjoy our new lifestyle. We’ll explore some options for generating revenue along the way.

Share your views, watch our journey or just laugh at our failures. We’ll share it all :)

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