A big welcome from Willowarchway

The simple fact is that our place is completely off the grid, with a wind turbine and solar panels for our complete power, and our own spring well, that I dug myself, and of course  the house was built by ourselves, starting with a 35 foot caravan and then building  onto it a wooden extension of the same size. But this is all merely the start of the journey. please keep reading and watching because we would like to show you that anything is possible with an idea, and lots of hard work !.

This is “The Willows looking through the Salix archway

Turbine ( 40′ high ) and photovoltic panels


Now, with this being our first blog ( ever ) I didnt want to go into too much complicated detail about anything, especially the electricity, but we will in future blogs. In this one, we  just wanted to show you a few photo’s of the place. So we hope you all enjoy.

As you can see, this is a side view of the extention ( 11 x 35 feet ). This contains the kitchen and bathroom, (obviously seperate). We will show how it was built.

Our solid fuel range, this heats the water , the radiators and the oven for cooking

The dining area

Our FEDGING, this has only taken 3 years to this standed, we will do a full section on this.










8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. PermaGoddess
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 07:41:39

    Looks amazing and evocative of real country living….welcome! love the french doors and the curtains…very ‘Country Living!’ 🙂


  2. linniew
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 17:08:45

    I’m impressed!!! You have put together a lovely workable off grid system, including a wind generator– We have been exploring a little about those ourselves this summer. The kitchen looks cozy–and I love the arched willow. Huge congratulations! ( I expect you have a gold star on your forehead for this amazing effort– check in the mirror.) So glad you are writing a blog.


  3. FGoldsmith
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 20:15:04

    Fantastic site – showing a fantastic way of life. Well done to you both – keep the information on your place coming. This is the breath of fresh air the western world needs to wake it back up. Inspirational.


  4. Angela
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 20:15:23

    Looks beautiful – well done !


  5. barrovivo
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 13:00:48

    Wow! It is very impressive to see what you have accomplished by yourselves. If I had to build something by myself, I’d be living in a whole in the ground…a very small one, too! Also, I am so envious of your solar panels. This kind of technology is still very expensive in my country. I would love to be able to implement it in my place when I finally build it. At any rate, it is admirable what you have managed to become self-sufficient.


    • elaine and lj
      Nov 06, 2011 @ 13:53:37

      Thankyou so much for your kind words. There have been hard times in creating this project,but believe in what you’re doing and also in yourself and anything can be possible. Solar Panels aren’t cheap, but once you have them they should be with you for ever. Think of all that free electricity!


  6. elaine rickett
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 13:55:14

    Very impressive stuff – full of admiration for what you are trying to achieve. You wouldn’t happen to be a friend of Bridget would you ?


  7. Willowarchway
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 17:55:36

    Thankyou Elaine. It’s not always easy living this way but wouldn’t change it for the world! Yes, Bridget lives over yonder mountain.


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