I’m Teresa, a glass artist by trade, an American now living in Germany for the past 8 years with my husband Peer. We live on the outskirts of a very small village in northern Germany, the blog banner is a view of our village. We moved here about 5 years ago, bought a tiny house on a tiny piece of land… our first real step toward realizing our dream of becoming more self-sufficient and living a greener, more earth friendly lifestyle.
The current state of the world is alarming; environmental issues, a rocky global economy, the incompetence of the government, international relations, giant faceless corporations, increasingly poorer overall health and preventable diseases in epidemic proportions, mass food production and totally appalling factory farming methods, the whole “live for today who cares what happens tomorrow” mentality, our rapidly diminishing natural resources, the poisoning and rape of the planet… The list goes on and on… These things leave me feeling sick inside. We know there has got to be a better way and so we are committed to doing what we can.
One of the biggest changes we have made, aside from buying our tiny piece of land, is that we have become pure vegetarians. We eat a vegan diet including vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds. We have eliminated ALL animal products (except for honey which we get from our own hives) and we make everything from scratch that we possibly can. Stepping away from the world of factory farming mass-produced, refined food products has been very freeing. It has also helped us to regain our health.
Our humble little 1/4 acre strip of land is certainly tiny, especially by American standards, but for a family of two, if carefully planned, we feel that our land should easily be able to meet almost all of our needs. Using this land to the fullest will be one of our biggest challenges. Another is our age. We are in our mid 40’s so we are feeling a great sense of pressure to get everything up and running smoothly before we enter our 50’s. Since most of this is new to us, there are many things that we need to learn over the next few years. I know it is going to be quite an adventure with our share of failures sprinkled in amongst our successes. It will be frustrating and rewarding, uplifting as well as exhausting.
Someday we’ll look back at it all and laugh…at least I hope so!