Working long hours to live or die?

The pre-planning application form was filled in and sent last week and so now I just wait to see what they will say about my tiny house/semi off-grid home plans. At least the land is still for sale. I’ve seen my daughter off at the airport on her inter-railing adventure around Europe and thought about how I always wanted to travel but never really did. I’m hoping that tiny house living will allow that. I’ve read and enjoyed ‘Walden’ by Henry Thoreau, twice now and one of my favourite quotes from this very quotable book is:

‘This spending of the best part of one’s life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it, reminds me of the Englishman who went to India to make a fortune first, in order that he might return to England and live the life of a poet. He should have gone up the garret at once.’

I’ve been so fed up of working the 5 day week and only just recharging my batteries over the blink-or-you’ll-miss-it weekend that I’ve relinquished my management role and have gone down from full time to 4 days. I couldn’t wait until retirement to have a life! Since last Christmas I’ve suffered with a persistent headache which was constant for five months and is now intermittent. It made me realise that the stress of work was taking over my life and I can happily report that it’s been freeing to have my first three day weekend. Decluttering my house also seems to be decluttering my mind. There is still much more to do with the decluttering though, it is something I have to keep re-visiting.

I’ve been cycling lots over the summer and will share a few pictures from the past week’s adventures. As I looked at the lovely landscapes, I found myself frequently thinking that I could put a tiny house here or there. Despite being a crowded island, there is still a lot of land here that is owned by just a few and most of us are concentrated into small developed areas. In many cases, overdeveloped areas. And while I’m not advocating a complete relaxation of planning laws, the countryside in some areas could really be improved with less of the intensive agriculture that is ruining the soil. More trees, the natural climax vegetation of this island would be an improvement and by allowing people who want to, to grow their own food on the land and to live on it too. As it is, land is too expensive and there’s a struggle to get ‘permission.’