What would it be like to live in a village? I imagine young and old, married and single, crafty and not, musical and not, great cooks and not, the handy and not, all living within spitting distance so to speak.
We have a bit of a villager thing going on here at the moment. And I've got to say that it's not a bed of roses. In fact it's hard work. We have some family staying at the moment. 3 adults and 3 children under 5. They are living in our WWOOFer's accomodation. The lease on their rental finished and they have been unable to find another house to rent. So what do you do? They are family and they cannot be left out on the street!!!
They are wonderful people, but their lifestyle is very different from ours. We are miles apart in our ideas on just about everything. How do we find ways of resolving our differences without compromising our beliefs. Is this the sort of stuff wars are fought about?
And then there is a minor emergency and the baby needs to be left with pop.......
How lucky are we? We hope to build an intentional community next door. It is a testing time for us all, with everyones different personalities, ethics and intentions.But the idea of building a safe place for children, a supportive place for parents and a secure place for the elderly, as well as provide sustainable low cost housing in a peri urban location is very appealing!