Some years ago I became disillusioned with my lot. I was struggling with consumer debt I had accumulated as a dumb and irresponsible 20-something. I wasn’t enjoying how I spent my days–at work, mainly. It seemed the more I tried to live the worse the predicament became. It was at this point I decided to live more deliberately.

First I traveled. I didn’t enjoy is as much as I should have. Then I started a business as I believed it would bring me more freedom. Wrong. I became an employee of myself. Finally I decided that I needed to take everything back to scratch. There were so many things I enjoyed doing with my time more than work so I wanted to be in a position to be able to enjoy those things more. Call it an early retirement – without being fully retired. At this point I discovered the voluntary simplicity movement and permaculture. Both of which made perfect sense to me. Fortunately, I liked the sacrifices these philosophies required.

So what would I do to better my life? I decided I would buy a cheap block of land somewhere in the Australian countryside, build a tiny house and live a kale-and-compost permaculture lifestyle. With a slight twist: relying entirely on bicycle and public transport for transportation. Oh, and the interwebs to stay connected. (Definately an appropriate technology in my book.)

Where am I now? I currently live in a rented unit in Adelaide that has very little space to garden. I just bought land in a speck of a town in SA’s Murray Mallee region – it settles in January 2014. By the middle of the year I hope to have my 7×4 metre straw bale tiny house completed and the land on its way to sustaining most of my needs. This blog will be a chronicle of my journey from this point on, perhaps with the odd story about my past and how this all came about. Permaculture philosophy will underwrite most of what I share. Expect the odd rant.



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    • Thanks for the kind words and support. I can’t wait to take some photos and post them on here. I only have a handful of snaps so far–from the ONE trip I have actually made to the block. Get ready to be bombarded.

      Sometimes I think you need to just do stuff. It’s too easy–and safe–to sit around and view everything in abstract, or consider it not at all. The cliche is correct: you only live once (YOLO, I think the kids say!)

  1. Cheers for following Serendipity Farm Paul 🙂 Love your blog and what you are doing and it is an incredible privilege for us all to be able to see how you are working through permaculture principles to arrive at where you want to be and taking us all along for the journey 🙂

  2. Hi Paul,

    I thought I’d let you know that at Linde Community Garden in Stepney they have just begun building a small office using cob. They held a workshop on cob building today, but I only heard about it late last night or I would have left a message to tell you about it. They plan to continue building on the weekends and they are a very welcoming group of people. Next Saturday they will be having a next cob working bee starting at 9am, and there will be plenty of people there who will be able to fill you in on cob building basics.

    They have a facebook page where you can see some of what happened today, and they can be contacted on npsp.garden (at) gmail.com if you want to see if they wouldn’t mind another person coming along to participate. But in all honesty, I went there today as a stranger with the expectation that I was going to pay the fee to attend the workshop but they were so pleased to have an extra set of hands (or feet actually) that they told me not to pay and sent me home with an armful of basil instead, so I think they would be glad to have another person come along to help out.

    It’s not every day that there’s an opportunity to learn earthbuilding techniques in SA, and cob building has some advantages over strawbale buildings – particularly the cost. Even if you are certain that you will build a strawbale house, cob is extremely useful for building internal walls or using in a variety of other ways such as in building wood ovens or rocket mass heaters.


    • Hi Jesse,

      Thanks so much for informing me about this. I will definately check it out, and may meet you at a future workshop?

      You’re right, natural building courses are often hard to come by in SA, and tend to be dominated by straw bale – Food Forest host one, House of Bales often runs them in conjunction with building projects, and there is an Earthship going up in the Adelaide Hills. But this sounds like a great starting point – a small and slow solution if you will, minutes from the city.

      How much is the fee?

      Cheers, Paul.

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