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2455. Lifestyle block

Judith and Stanislaw lived on a small lifestyle property. They were as self-sufficient as they could possibly get. They worked as a team. Every morning Stanislaw milked by hand the six cows and three goats. On Thursdays he took the cheese and butter hand-crafted by Judith into the market in town. It brought in their only finance, but it was sufficient to live on if coupled with other things such as vegetables that their lifestyle produced.

Judith had never milked a cow or a goat in her life, and Stanislaw had never made the tiniest block of cheese. Each had their talent and the team worked.

And then early one morning Stanislaw underwent a medical event – as the newspapers like to put a heart attack. He was dead.

There was nothing further Judith could do. She went out to milk the cows and goats. It couldn’t be put off. At midday she was still trying to extract a drop of milk from the first cow. Freddie, a neighbouring life-styler who had a nectarine orchard, came to the rescue. He didn’t know much about milking cows either but together they managed.

All that happened a year ago. These days Judith and Freddie produce a very successful brand of nectarine-infused cheeses.

2385.  A couple of shipping containers

When Clint and Crystal decided to live together they thought it would be fun to create a house – all their own – out of a couple of old shipping containers. Clint had enough money to do this, and once completed and settled they could work towards being self-sufficient. They had seen television programs about people who did such things. It looked like fun and seemed to be the very thing that would bring excitement to their lives.

They ordered two shipping containers and had them delivered onto the property they had purchased next to a forest.

Of course they would rough it in an old caravan until their house was liveable. The internet was a must. How else could they find out how to do things? And they needed electricity. Both of those took months to set up, and by the time it was done Crystal had taken off to town (permanently) as she had grown tired of the isolation.

Clint started visiting the nearest pub some evenings, just for a bit of company, and that was where he met Beth. Beth was really keen to join Clint’s project even though she had never wielded a hammer or a rake in her life. After a couple of weeks she decided that the alternative lifestyle wasn’t really for her and left.

Clint still had the two shipping containers sitting on the ground not even in place. A month or so later he met Carla. Carla was a realist. She said, “You do realize just how much you’ve taken on?” But she agreed to join Clint’s project and boy! did she get things done!

These days Carla and Clint have finished their home, have two kids (four kids if you count the two goats), and are almost self-sufficient with vegetables, fruit, goats, a cow and a couple of sheep. Not to mention the three chickens.

From the outside it looked like an idyllic situation, and indeed it was. It was idyllic until Clint went off to the pub one evening and that was where he met Melinda.