We are living in the N.W. of Ireland on 6 acres of land in a self built log cabin, completely off the grid. We grow our own veg, have our own alternative energy and our own water supply. We have 2 goats for our milk and hens for our eggs and just want to show people that it is possible to build a self-sustainable dwelling without spending massive amounts of money. Anything that can be re-cycled in our project, is. We’re not completely self-sufficient yet, but this is an on-going project and we’re getting there.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sara
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 17:08:40

    Hi ..o wow is all i can say…this is something my hubby and i have dreamed of doing..for a long time i might add…finances have held this up..so we decided to give it a go from our house..
    First we got 2 allotments and some chickens..we have worked so hard from february this year up til now.
    Just about everything we have done this year has been because we grew it or made it..jams,jellies,pickles etc..i have taught myself to knit and use a sewing machine ..
    We are hoping to get our self sufficient dream of the ground even more next year..
    I wish you all the luck in the world.


    • Willowarchway
      Nov 21, 2011 @ 11:43:56

      Thankyou so much! We hope this blog gives you some inspiration as living your dream doesn’t have to cost the earth. We wish you all the luck in the world too.


  2. facelikeafryingpan
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 12:58:41

    I have always wanted to go to Ireland (I live in Canada) as my family is originally from Cork. I’m glad that I have found your blog as now I can see your beautiful country vicariously through you.


  3. Gretchen O'Donnell
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 16:12:46

    It’s awesome that you’re doing this – I really respect your ability to work hard enough to survive! thanks so much for stopping by my blog today – I’ll totally have to read more of what you’re doing!


  4. silverbells2012
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 11:24:42

    Congratulations and good luck for your continued efforts.


  5. Robbie
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 03:58:07

    Amazing, look forward to reading your blog to find out how you are doing it all!:-)


  6. cathsveggies1
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 17:31:06

    Hello willowarchway, and thanks for stopping by my blog, even though I haven’t written anything in a while.So I came by to see what you are up to and found out you live in Ireland too. I am way down south in Cork. I love that you are living off the grid, almost 🙂 So I am going to follow you and learn more.Cheers, Catherine C.


  7. quarteracrelifestyle
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 01:25:36

    I have just nominated you and your wonderful blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please follow this link to see what to do next http://quarteracrelifestyle.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/the-versatile-blogger-award/


  8. Willowarchway
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 11:07:13

    Thank you for the nomination, we are honoured.


  9. Sue sturt-bolshaw
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 08:47:30

    Hi David, It was wonderful to meet you yesterday at Belper Unitarian Chapel. Your talk was so informative and inspirational. Thank you …you have given me LOTS to think about 🙂


    • Willowarchway
      Sep 02, 2014 @ 13:48:39

      Hi Sue, thanks for making us feel so welcome, we really enjoyed ourselves with your wonderful group! We will definitely keep in touch and remember you are more than welcome to come over and experience our little place on this Earth. We look forward to seeing you!


  10. pattigail
    Sep 14, 2014 @ 14:01:33

    Hi..you have been commenting on my blog and I finally got around to checking yours out. Love it! I will have to curl up with it soon and do some catching up. I am always interested in people trying to live the self sufficient life style…it is not easy always but it is very rewarding. I have been practicing at Brookwood Shire, but my real dream is to do it in Ireland. It may happen..so I am very interested in how you got started. I look forward to finding out more! Thanks.


    • Willowarchway
      Sep 15, 2014 @ 08:45:15

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I’ve really enjoyed what you are up to as well. Personally I think that Ireland is one of the most accommodating places to live a self sufficient lifestyle, things here can be pretty easy going and there’s plenty of room once you move away from the cities. If you come to Ireland, give us a shout and you can have a place to rest your head! 🙂


  11. katechiconi
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 11:23:12

    Hello, and thank you for visiting and following the doings in Chiconia. We’re a long way off and a long way down from where you are, but I enjoyed your recent post about secure chook pens. Our problems are a bit different: snakes, wild dogs, and salt water crocodiles down the road!


    • Willowarchway
      Nov 12, 2014 @ 11:25:22

      Oh my goodness!! We don’t have to worry about snakes ( they’d drown with all the rain!) and as for crocs, that’s pretty scary.:)


      • katechiconi
        Nov 12, 2014 @ 11:31:57

        Hah! You don’t know wet till you’ve done the Wet in the tropics: January and February we get 300-400mm rain for the month, it rains every day, floods are frequent. The crocs, to be fair, are a couple of kms away in the mangroves. Fruit bats in the tomatoes, giant grasshoppers eating the beans… Oh, there’s no end to the excitement!

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