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I live with my husband on a smallholding in Lincolnshire. We met online in a chatroom in April 2004, and Steel Kitten was my user name when I first started talking to him on the Internet and it's stuck. It's engraved on the inside of my wedding ring and every Valentine's Day a card to 'Steel Kitten' is left from 'Kartman' on the kitchen work surface.

When I started blogging back in 2007, it was a far off dream to own a smallholding where I could raise a few animals and my husband could rebuild his classic cars (the other love of his life). In July 2016, we achieved that dream through frugality, thrift and hard bloody work. For us, the sacrifices we had to make have been worthwhile.

Owning a smallholding is hard work, often expensive, and full of joy and sadness. Now we turn our attention to finding ways to retire early, pay off our mortgage and enjoy more time together than our full-time jobs and side hustles currently allow.


knitting, charity (thrift) shops, growing my own fruit and veg, the 1940s and 1950s, crochet, patchwork, raiding libraries, book shops and car boot sales, WWII kitchens and gardens, reading (mostly non-fiction), self development, make do and mend, reduce, re-use, recycle, personal development, lifelong learning, organisation and planning, writing,