On Saturday I was invited by Planting Up Whickham, a group of volunteers who maintain the flowerbeds in Whickham Village, to bring a goat to a maintenance event they were holding. The group decided it would make for some interesting publicity. I decided to take Spotless as the nannies are pregnant (very pregnant with respect to Georgina and Spot). As he was being moved off the site, I had to get a disapplying certificate from DEFRA.
Spot was quite a hit with passers-by and also with the Bishop of Carlisle, who was helping out at the event. As I was also the photographer and video maker for the group, by brother Andrew became goat-minder for part of the event.
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.