Wednesday, 8 September 2010


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Tuesday, 2 June 2009


Look at the lovely Hogsmill...

We sit by it a lot. Sometimes we drink cider. Sometimes i charge my solar panels...

The plants i was growing way back in the DAY... which i left for dead over winter are still going strong... bizarre, even after a good 5 inches of snow... 

I planted some rocket on the river bank after spending a lot of time clearing rubbish and concrete and lots of glass from the site... only to be told i had to let it grow wild... boo.

Now it it over grown with nettles, balsam and knotweed, and my peas arent getting very big. Oh well. it was a bit of fun...

Monday, 1 June 2009

I was awoken suddenly by chitter chattering i could not understand.

I looked outside.

5 young asian chaps, clearly pissed, were snapping sticks into a good sword length, having a bit of a swing and then runing off into the night to smash things up.

There was a trail of destruction in the morning.

Luckily none of it involving my property.



Friday, 22 May 2009

Crikey. it is nearly over.

I have been away for a very long time.

No internet in the van, due to no power.

A documentary got made, watch this space for youtube link.

I watched people leave with my table.

A man tried to steal my bath taps.

I was awoken by a wasp buzzing around my head.

I shivered all winter.

I have been sweating since spring broke free and the sun heats up Amber like a flippin' heater.

Someone drove into my van while i was asleep.

I tried to grow vegetables but the river watch team and the environment agency said i couldnt.

I got questioned by police whilst brushing my teeth late one night.

I cannot wait to get into a real house, with a kitchen, bathroom, heating, toilet, couch, tv, all the mod cons. that will be a happy day.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Another few weeks in Amber.

People ask me often if I am beginning to regret this project now that it is getting a bit colder...

I don't.

I am so happy. I am eternally satisfied that i am doing something i have a huge amount of passion in.
I have been doing plenty of interviews for various papers and things... all local, nothing big, and also having a short documentary made about what i am doing by an MA Film group...

I am being probed with questions i hadnt necessarily considered myself concerning the piece... and it is opening new alleyways of critique and concentration about what im doing, what i mean, what i want, what i need, what i am trying to achieve... and that is a very intense wander into my own mind and workings.

I am being challenged at every step, and challenging myself to make sure i am doing everything i can, and everything i wanted to achieve when i set out on this bizarre change of lifestyle.

I am going to start the Free University soon... time to start properly booking in lecturers... People seem to be very into the idea... lots of interest from various groups of people, not only students, which is ace.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Hold (acoustic)...

On request... photo's which illustrate my surroundings a little more...

So this is the Hogsmill River. Hopefully my future power source...Though my proposed water wheel will be placed further up the river where there is less obvious animal habitat.
This sloping part of the bank is directly to the left of Amber; if you were facing her as seen in the photo with the thumbs up in a previous post...

The tree in this photo is where i plan to place my birdbox.

To the right of the above picture, but behind Amber, on the riverbank, is this patch of land:

Which i hope to strim down, rotivate (keeping some of the nettles for food) and turn into an allotment to begin growing in early spring. I have had lots of interest from other people who would like to use some of the space, which is great; i wont be able to eat all the stuff that comes off it singlehandedly, so the more the merrier.

I also hope that this area under the elder canopy will be my outdoor dining area once the weather clears up a bit in the new year...