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It's not easy being green

056349346102lzzzzzzz No, I'm not refering to Kermit the frog's song but BBC's new series about one family's astonishing attempt to go green.  The Strawbridge family (dad - Dick, mum - Briget and kids - James and Charlotte) have taken on a 300 year old farmhouse in Cornwall with three acres of land, leaky roof and worst of all - no electricity, plumbing or other home comforts.  The Strawbridge's aim to live a modern lifestyle and be self-sufficient for energy and food.


I'm absolutely gutted that I missed the first episode on Tuesday (I blame BBC 2 Wales digital) but I gather that the family built a water wheel to power their lighting.  In the next episode Dick, a retired Lieutenant-Colonel, plans to built a heat exchange made from recycled glass to keep his green house warm at night, as well as a solar shower.  You can also see how the family's permaculture vegetable plot is coming on.  Plus there are pigs and chickens to care for that are sadly destined for dinner.

There's a book due to be published 'The House that Dick Built / It's not easy being green', which can be ordered from Amazon (don't forget to do this through the Water Aid link).  The series will be shown every Tuesday night until 9th May at 8pm.  I certainly won't be missing the next one and there will be regular weekly links on Hippyshopper following their progress.  By the way, if anyone actually saw the programme, I'd love to hear your comments (below). [Ella]

Related Links: The Independent 20th March - Living The Eco Life In Cornwall / BBC Gardeners World News

190413239102lzzzzzzz Update: I was kindly send a copy (thanks Guy).  The first episode was fascinating; I couldn't get over their enthusiasm despite all the hardwork needed to get their project up and running.  Of course, they couldn't have done it without their student army of helpers and their advisors.  Why not do an environmental audit like the Strawbridge's did of their old lifestyle? Get Donnachadh McCarthy's book - 'Saving the planet without costing the earth - 500 simple steps to a greener lifestyle'.  I loved the way that Donnachadh was able to transform his London semi into an eco-house - you don't actually need a farm in Cornwall to live a greener home life! Can't wait for tonight's episode..... [Ella]

March 30, 2006 in Arts & information | Permalink


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I liked the way he still wanted his coffee machine and other modern comforts, but they obviously had the money behind them to do all these things. Still enjoyed the programme and found it very inspiring, I'm sure we'll be getting the book.

Posted by: Katherine | 30 Mar 2006 12:39:30

It was an excellent show. I really enjoyed it and even did a little dance around the room when their water wheel first started turning.

Posted by: caldini | 31 Mar 2006 10:39:43

This show is a Goddess send!!! very inspirational and the son is gorgeous yea!!! Really realistic and glad he kept is coffee machine. The point about how much energy a kettle uses really is shocking!!was made up when the water wheel worked got me thinking about my own house.
Cheers samxx

Posted by: sam brothers | 31 Mar 2006 13:12:43

I was beginning to feel even more gutted that I missed a great programme (judging by the comments), until Hippyshopper reader Guy stepped up and is sending me a recording! Thanks again Guy!

Posted by: Ella (Ed) | 31 Mar 2006 14:09:47

I am frustrated that there is no info about that show or the cool people and products they feature on the show. Still will keep watching and Google everything LOL

Posted by: milly | 10 Apr 2006 01:18:09

Absolutely hooked on the progamme. No matter what happened, they all seemed to take it in their stride. I was salivating when I saw the amount of fresh gorgeous vegetables they produced in such a short space of time. Not only that the weather even appeared to be kind to them. Keep up the good work

Posted by: Jenny White | 12 Apr 2006 23:10:54

Hi,This program is brill i like it because i like to make things like Dick

Posted by: STUARTt | 14 Apr 2006 23:04:05

what a great programme i think everyone should try doing a bit of what they do also james is a bit easy on the eye very tasty hope they make a second series

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