Tinkers bubble, now there’s a place of different mindset & thinking..I was asked if I’d like to join many years ago,It’s not for me.I'd be up for that BR!
I'll never be able to buy a house again, and buying any land round here is impossible unless you have shed loads of money, which I don't.
In my area,
Someone I know bought a small bit of land, the size of an allotment for £750, 15 years ago.
Sold it last year for £9,000.
Small field just about 3/4 acre sold last summer for £25,000(has to stay as field no building allowed)
About 5 yrs ago this sort of land was £3,000 an acre
Standard ex council garage sold for £15,000. 5 yrs ago
Average house price for ex council House £350, 000.
Nothing much else under £500,000.
Its only getting worse with townie people scrabbling over their country idil, and putting prices up.
(Sorry, my pet beef here)
I have some savings, but its never enough, and I can't keep up with deposit prices let alone anything else! Getting a mortgage at my age isn't an option anymore without ridiculous repayments, so my dream will evermore stay a dream.
A share in a small community with similar aims and lifestyle would be ideal. Go for it BR! I'm sure there are plenty of people who would be up for it.
I did consider tinkers bubble for a while, as a possible community to join, but it was a tad too primitive for me to cope with in the winter, but they definitely have the right ideas and have made a great success of things.
I think what you have summed up is the importance of contentment in life. We were very lucky in that lockdown minimally changed our lives. Growing things, raising livestock, making what's needed, cutting firewood have not really been affected. I'm so glad that you've got to enjoy that quiet peace. If someone offered me a vast amount of money tomorrow to return permanently to office life, I would be happy to let someone else have the opportunity. What is a "good life" will vary for everyone, but I would say to anyone who hates Monday's, longs to get away from their home & is desperate for a holiday after 6 months at home, do think about what makes you content & try to get it - even if its a scary leap!One of the big, unexpected, positive outcomes from covid I have taken is that I have learnt to find balance and happiness in just staying at home. Before I would have been needing to go out to do things or buy things just to have an excuse to go out. There's a silver lining to even the worst events if you're lucky. I feel lucky for certain.