This blog is written as a record of our journey to Financial Independence.
So why Suburban Crofting? .... Well I live in Suburbia! and according to the Centre for Cities over 55% of Britons live in suburban areas, which means I am in excellent company. And crofting? … Well ‘the Croft’ is our home in the sense that we aim to use our land to grow our food and to treat our hobbies as a way to bolster our freedom from consumerism, and to well on the way to Financial Independence.
Sadly its not a stone cottage in the middle of the Scottish Highlands, but a modern detached brick house in the middle of a new housing estate with a faux GRP chimney... Sorry to shatter the romantic illusion there.
So a little about us, I live on the edge of a coastal town in Devon, England with my partner and dog. We are a typical white-collar middle class couple. We both went to university; (in my case twice). We both wee fortunate to get good jobs each, We went up the property ladder, and dare I say it on a FIRE blog - bought expensive new cars on finance (eek!). Thus we have enjoyed the benefits of a good income.
However, this is where the big but comes in.. I don't feel fulfilled by the 9-5 job. I enjoy what I do, but I spend my week sat still behind a desk where my body is aching to do something less sedentary. Every time a sore out of the window Im anting to be outside. My partner on the other hand works different shifts around the clock and does not want to be doing night shifts for the next 25 years till he hits 60.
We don't fancy the complete retire early thing, however what we have a plan to allow us to have the fiscal empowerment to work part-time and to be able to choose the hours we want and take control back of our time together.
The purpose of this blog is a record in how using the resources around us, and a bit of ingenuity as we transition become financially independent. In the coming months I will be logging of our updates, some frugal recipes, crafty ideas and hopefully some photos of our vegetable patch on our way to our independent lifestyle.