I grew up in Edinburgh and spent over 30 years in IT as well as about 10 years as a semi-professional musician. In 2013, Myself and my wife bought our first small holding and started keeping sheep and chickens. We also grew our own fruit and vegetables.
Swapping keyboard skills for an outdoor life, I have learned much about smallholding life and have developed a range of skills such as dog behaviour rehabilitiation, building, plumbing, forestry, repairing dry stone walls, landscaping, lambing and handling livestock generally. Having at one time or another kept cows and pigs as well, we have simplified our life by focusing on sheep.
We keep a pedigree heard of coloured ryelands and live in the hills of SW Scotland.
Having experienced the highs and lows as well as the financial challenges, I have crystallised my smallholding experiences into a book to help others facing similar challenges.