All The Leaves Are Brown…

Les Vignes Basses has been a hive of activity over the past month. Between building projects, permaculture design courses, sub-zero temperatures and our first visitors, we’ve also been getting ready for spring and started teaching online again.

And The Fleas That Tease In The High Pyrenees

Thanks for the great title Clare! And Hilaire Belloc of course… Right lucky beans we are to have been invited back to work in the Pyrenees for a couple of weeks with our old company Collett’s Mountain Holidays. We were lucky enough  to spend an entire summer living and working in Panticosa and the surrounding…

First Building Project – The Workshop

After spending a few weeks in September working in the Spanish Pyrenees we returned to Les Vignes Basses with fresh motivation to finish our workshop/woodshed. It was a design produced by Dan but which is is better explained via pictures. For those interested in how we built the workshop ourselves, here come the photos:  

Wooden, Passiv, Earthship, Straw Bale…The Possibilities Are Endless

For a while we have been banding ideas between us, trying to decide upon which type of eco-building method to use. Comparing the different ways of building a sustainable, eco-house is a bit of a daunting task these days. Not that this is a bad thing; wonderful architects, designers and conservationists are finding more and…

Wise Words from Henry David Thoreau

This pretty much sums up the way we are feeling at the moment…   “Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” Henry David Thoreau

Permaculture

Before we moved to Les Vignes Basses full time we lived and worked in South Korea teaching in the public school system. Whilst there, we had large chunks of free time to look a the internet, which we used to research, learn, read and discuss what we want from our lives in France and exactly…

A Sustainable Life

The Good Life Living a sustainable life has become really important to us over the last couple of years. Fueled by a desire to be self-sufficient, we gave up on trying to live in the UK and traded countries to France. We would not have thought about doing this were it not for Dan’s parents…