Heaven on Earth

February 2024 Five years after moving into our Hebridean home we’ve now reached the next stage in our goal towards leading a self-sufficient life. We’ve purchased a few acres of agricultural land, known in rural Scotland as a croft. The Outer Hebrides truly are a magical place to be and we would love to offer

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From Lederhosen to kilt

October 2023 Earlier this month, a German TV team came out to Great Bernera to film our life on the island. They were curious to find out why we chose to move from a large town in Bavaria to a small island in the Outer Hebrides. They were also interested in what steps we’re taking

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Cutting peat

June 2023 Since installing a multi-fuel burner in our living room in the winter of 2020/2021, we’ve wanted to gather peat to use as fuel, to add to the wood and coffee logs we’ve been burning in the colder months of the year. Peat is a traditional, cost-effective fuel which has been cut and burned

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Keeping bees

We decided in 2022 to start keeping honey bees. Our motives for doing so were threefold: to bring pollinators to our garden to help our fruit and vegetable crops to have a supply of honey as an alternative to less healthy sweeteners to be able to observe these beautiful creatures up close and personal It

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Raised beds

April 2022 We’ve been in our home for three years now and our attempts at establishing a productive garden in the Outer Hebrides have been met with a number of challenges which we’re pleased to say we’re learning from. In 2020 we reported on the greenhouse we had built, and in 2021 we gave a

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Raising chickens

October 2021 We decided this year to try our hand at raising chickens. Back in the spring of 2020, we inherited three adult layers from a neighbour who was moving house, and since then our lovely ladies have provided us with a (somewhat intermittent) supply of fresh eggs. We don’t know how old the hens

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