We have an ever increasing pile of logs in the allotment, left by the goats after they've feasted on the leaves. I snip off the twigs and sticks to use as kindling but we are just starting to chop up the logs. It is a huge job but the logs are seriously getting in the way of some building work we are planning (a new shed and henhouse). The logs have to be chopped before the building can begin. It's one of the big jobs for the autumn.
Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on www.youtube.com/jonathanwallace.