Wyrdwood Acres

Follow one families adventure as they build a new life of self-reliance and sustainable living, embrace permaculture and undertake a mammoth task of self-building a straw-bale forever home in the sun.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Visiting the Land Before We Buy

As promised, here are the photos we took when we visited the land on Saturday:

We'll be buying 5 acres of this to build our new life on the land

We walked the perimeter to have a proper look around it

MiL and Fil Diane and Terry were with us

It is planted almost exclusively with almonds at the moment, but in the centre there is one olive tree

All of the trees are still in production, despite being neglected for a number of years now by the current owners

a panoramic shot:

Carly looks happy from her head....

...to her toes!

Even though it's mid November the weather here is still beautiful

Over the years we're hoping to turn this plot of land it to a thriving permaculture paradise, building the soil ecology and biodiversity up to repair the damage that man has done to the soil. It's not a small task but we love a challenge and can't wait to get stuck in as soon as everything comes to completion. We'll keep you all updated!



  1. Wow--beautiful spot. You sure have your work cut out for you , but your young and full of energy.
    Don't forget to plant those trees first!!! You'll want some leaves for composting and of course the protection they provide.
    Is there a source of water there? What type of soil is it? Are those rocks I see or clay? I'm so excited for you guys!!! Can't wait to see how this developes. Good luck!

    1. Hi Sue I'm so sorry it's taken so long to reply, I didnt get any notifications that people had commented! Agricultural water is connected to the plot next door to us so will only cost a small fee for us to connect to. The soil is a well balanced loam (according to my low tech basic tests) and what you see on the surface is millions of small rocks/stones

  2. I am so excited for you. How fabulous

  3. Amazing, looks so dry there. Have you watched the video on regreening the desert? Using permaculture to bring a part of Jordan into fertility again.
    Be an awesome project, with swales and trenches and different plants to lock in the moisture. Can't wait to see what you do!

    1. Yeah Geoff Lawton's project in Jordan is great inspiration to us due to the arid environment here. One of my best friends is currently staying with Geoff as an Intern so we'll get some great inside information when he finishes there and comes to stay with us for a while

  4. Amazing, exciting . . . and very dry.
    Something I meant to ask you before but forgot (collander-sized holes in brain) was if you have the opportunity to drill your own well/bore hole. I know you posted somewhere about building swales but you also mentioned just how little rain falls each year and I was worrying about whether you would be able to irrigate properly? I appreciate it's an expensive undertaking but if you are going to stay on the land for a very long time then surely it would pay for itself in increased productivity/cropping?

    (Hmm, I wrote my comment and then read everyone else's . . . and we're all asking the same question: water??)

    1. Agricultural water supply will be connected so we'll have an unlimited supply of the wet stuff for around £175 a year. They are VERY strict about interfering with the aquifers in Spain and I have read online that almost no one is ever granted permission to drill wells these days but it is certainly something I'd like to look in to, you never know :)

  5. Hi, so excited for your journey ahead! My husband and I (and 4 little ones) built our own home on 5 acres of raw land here in the Pacific Northwest in Washington State back in the early 80's. It was a wonderful adventure and we still live here - and are grandparents now! We don't farm the land as it is mostly forested, but we built a passive solar home and garden with native plants mostly. We had to haul in water for 12 long years before we could afford a well, as banks will not loan money for such risky endeavors, but we managed and now we have plenty of water, although we must manage it wisely. I am interested in following along on your journey and congratulations on your diploma. - Karen


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