We are Claire and James and we run a small campsite and smallholding in rural Suffolk near the coast – Shottisham Campsite.
We have 10 acres in total, although much of this is for the campsite. The campsite has been in our family since 1971. We moved here in the summer of 2009 after my Dad died. We have spent the past 7 years trying to bring the campsite back to life, renovating the house and developing the smallholding – we reckon this is a 20 year project! We have mad schemes and grand plans for the small holding which may or may not come off, but we are giving it a go. I don’t think there was ever a plan for a smallholding, it just kind of happened – we tend to do, rather than talk.
Small-time farmer with big, slightly crazy and chaotic dreams; university lecturer and author; reluctant historian; apprentice shepherd; bad beekeeper; organic gardener; food obsessive and cook; reader and book hoarder; cheese-maker. Aiming for sustainable, low impact living and food production for ourselves and our lovely campers – the revolution starts with us, let’s do it and think about it later.
Pig-man; duck-whisperer; builder of animal shelters that will withstand the zombie apocalypse.
About the blog:
I started this blog as a way of recording our adventures and journey on the smallholding. It is almost a journal; sometimes a place to record smallholding and garden related information and dates; an index of recipes; a list of disasters and successes; a scrapbook of memories; a photo album; and a place of wonder (for me at least).
Yes, I also had cancer, but I didn’t win or lose a battle with it, it was just another rubbish thing that happened in a life that has been mainly full of rather good things.