I had planned to buy here in the Uk and had saved some money for a house, but with the passing of my mum I spoke to her about my dream to run a self sufficient small-holding near the sea and in the warmth. My daughter who is twenty also supports the plan.
So far I have bought the olive farm with its own spring in Tarragona and need to get there to start to terrace the land for crops and not trees, but we (my daughter and I) want to invite people to join us to experience the life too.
We have a small ruin to convert and have a transit van which is a day van and a 40 year old Mercedes camper van which will be the main bedroom whilst I work on the farm. These may be available to stay in also when work is completed, but I hope she will use her resident status to go and travel.
The farm will be given over to crops, herbs, chicken and goats and we hope for bees at some point, but the daughter has also commented that she would like to consider an animal sanctuary too. I will be building yurts around the spring and river for guests but we aim to welcome small numbers of camper vans.
The land also has access to the river Ebro for fishing and water sports, I myself surf and paddle board.
The farm is near a small town with direct rail to Madrid and Barcelona, with Barcelona being about an hour's drive. The nearest beach is approximately thirty minutes away and there are two golf courses within a thirty minute drive. All of these things interest me and I would be happy to take people out to places of interest to them.
We plan to invite experts to assist us to grow more and live more independently and successfully and will notify followers before hand if they feel it is something they would like to do.
Any money raised will enable us to buy a mini digger and get our houses on the ferry as soon as we are able and know the rules, it would assist us in getting noticed and hopefully encouraging people to come and join us for a break.
The ideal would be to have thew yurts and a small site for tents amongst the trees to be serviced by a small eatery with only home made produce from the farm, one day.
The list we have to achieve to date is:
Vans on boats
Mini digger rental
Cement and concrete
other building materials
animals and feed