The Happy Downshifter

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Post: #344 Tracey Smith
Thu Dec 16, 2004 6:00 pm

...says hello!

I jumped out of the rat race in 2002 and opted for a quieter life in rural France with my husband and 3 young children.

We have no central heating, our own fosse, a 200 year old crumbly farmhouse, 40 odd chickens, ducks and guinea fowl and have never been happier.

Life is simple and rich. We grow our own, rear our own, cut trees from our wood for the fire (which still horrifies my mother), I wear thermal long knickers mid-November to end of February, have the desklamp poised over my keyboard to keep my fingers warm to type, have a tractor to cut the lawn, no mortgage, a fairly quiet social diary and I write about it for a living.

What more could a girl want? :lol:
Tracey Smith

Author of 'The Book of Rubbish Ideas'

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Post: #349 Andy Hamilton
Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:43 pm

Hello Tracey,

Sounds like an amazing life you have for your self there, I wondered a few things

1. what is a fosse?
2. How do the children find this alternative way of life and do they fit in at school ok, or do you home educate?
3. Did you know that you currently hold the self sufficientish record for the most chickens?(I think)
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