Is Living off grid really the dream?
We wanted to know what’s motivating people right now, to take the plunge and live the off grid dream?
Written by Jake and Phil
Ask yourself, could you give it all up, every creature comfort you’ve grown to know and depend upon, and go and live purely off the land?
Could you produce your own food, create your own power, source your own water, and essentially live each day to survive, the old school way?
Over the past year, there has been an increase in people wanting to live off grid.
Communes across the country have reported a surge in people contacting them, wanting to volunteer, or to find out how they can be part of what seems to be a rapidly growing movement.
We don’t doubt there are a number of factors influencing peoples decision to seek an alternative way of living, but we wanted to know what exactly is driving people to go and live the off grid dream?
What does it take?
I have always been fascinated with a different way of living. There’s without doubt something deep inside me, that seeks another way of life. So for me, I can relate to the reasons behind making such a move.
Never the less, here I am, sat on my laptop, in my centrally heated, double glazed, fully insulated flat, writing this blog before I make my way to bed, to get some sleep before I have to start work tomorrow at 9am.
I’m nowhere near my off grid dream!
So what does it take to grab those… and actually do it?
We asked one of Tinkers Bubble residents, Phil, what it was that motivated him to make possibly one of the biggest decisions of his life, to pack it all in, and go off grid?
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
How long have been living off grid?
What were you doing before?
What motivated you to choose an ‘alternative’ way of living?
What challenges have you had to overcome?
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to purse a similar lifestyle?
South Somerset's Hidden Gem
A place that’s incredibly close to my heart!
Photographed above is Mike Zair, one of Tinkers Bubble’s founders. Back in 1993 Mike and a few other forward thinking, ambitious nature lovers set up a 28 acre commune, based in Little Norton, Somerset.
The residence live a low carbon existence, and build homes using wood directly from their woodland, cut in their super cool saw mill (powered by a steam train!) and by up-cycling materials many would consider waste.
If you would like to find out more, click the tab below to visit their website.
Tinkers Bubble needs our help!
Built in 1937, at the heart of Tinkers Bubble is their old Marshall Britannia steam engine.
This old engine powers the saw mill using steam produced by cogs that have been turning for 84 years, and may be the only remaining commercial portable steam engine in the country.
But she is in need of a bit of TLC.
Please could you help the residents of Tinkers Bubble keep their engine going? If so, please click HERE to donate.
In memory of Mike Zair
Mike wasn’t just the founder of an awesome commune, Mike also taught me a lot throughout the years. I got to know Mike through my mountain biking.
I was 14 years old when I took a shovel up to the woods to start digging mountain biking trails.
It was Mikes land! Whoops!
But I wasn’t met with a frosty reception, but a want to educate and work with me.
From that day I would visit Mike at the Bubble, I’d see him at the village fates, I’d see him at the pub sharing one shot amongst the group (very rarely might I add), I’d see him everywhere.
He was a very well known member of the community 🙂
The last time I saw Mike, he was struggling with a back pack full of supplies, a few miles from home. I of course gave him a lift, and made arrangements to visit him seeing as it had been such a long time!
Life got in the way, and I couldn’t visit him, I’d left it to long!
Mike passed away Christmas 2019.
I hadn’t appreciated until afterwards how much Mike had impacted my life, so I guess this is an ode to Mike, and a nudge to everyone reading, don’t leave things…