We bought a wood!

Yep that’s right, we bought a wood! It isn’t just any wood though; it’s the wood my step dad has owned for over a decade and the one that I grew up in. There’s quite a complicated history to how this opportunity came about but it isn’t something I won’t go into. We have bought into the whole estate which is just under 7 acres of predominantly deciduous woodland. Situated within it is a log cabin, a workshop a work yard, a couple of aviaries and a shed which houses the wood burner with a back boiler.

We reached our savings goal in just 7 months rather than the 12 months we had originally forecasted which coincided with the opportunity to purchase the wood we now call home.

We took out a loan on top of our savings for the purchase so our budget will be changing. The downside to our relocation is the fact we now live very far from our places of work. It means the money we will be spending on petrol will go through the rough and it isn’t exactly environmentally friendly to be using so much fuel. It’s a sacrifice we have taken though, and of course Ill be writing about this too. However, we plan to lead a more sustainable life at home by producing more of our own food which I am most excited about. We have space for some livestock so I’ll definitely be looking into which animals we can farm for food and produce. After this year’s veg garden success we plan to grow a wider range of food in the coming years.

Here are a few photos taken over the last couple of years. Since moving in, the place has been covered with boxes and belongings, so I haven’t taken any new photos yet. If you would like to see new photos then please follow me on Instagram as I regularly take snaps, and I promise cute photos of ferrets too 🙂

It’s been a little quiet here at The Thrifty Magpies Nest because there has been so much going on with the sale, the move and I have also been ill for a few days with a virus. But now we have settled in I will be back to regular posting. I’m very excited to have a whole new angle to write about that compliments the existing themes. Our whole way of life has changed but the core principles; money, nature and outdoors, remain the same.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.