The idea wasn't about self sufficiency, but we generate some of our own electricity, and grow some of our own fuel!
Meanwhile I am thinking about what I was after in this simpler life. Being real is the thought which keeps coming to mind and part of that was not being as physically sheltered as I was living in the city (we moved from the lovely city of York). Experiencing the land, the sea, and the wind and the weather, and all the subtleties of the changing seasons - all at first hand, seemed then, and still seem, important to me. It is hard to believe it was twelve years ago....
I feel more fully alive in this place.
Do you feel more fully alive in some places more than others?