The update below is from 2012, right at the start of our life here on Rum. We are all a couple of years older and very different people to who we were when we arrived on this island nearly 2 years ago. So this update is partly documenting those changes, partly just what happens when you grow a few inches, learn new things, get some new grey hairs...
I think of the four of us Ady is the one who has changed the most. For the children and I it is such a delight to have had so much time with him compared to our old lives when he was out working. Ady's practical skills have grown massively with him learning and taking on so many things he would never have dreamt of before.
A bit about us. New and updated for 2012. Our original biographies are at the bottom of this page, I'm going to leave them there if for no other reason than to remind us of where we came from!
Never afraid of hard work, it will be good to be digging ditches, getting muddy and putting the effort into our own land.
Ady is very keen to learn more about butchery after a few chances to do that sort of work while we were WWOOFing. Long term it is something he would like to get some formal training in with a view to perhaps slaughtering and preparing our own meat produce from our livestock.
When not feeling mildly guilty for having dragged the other three off out of the 'normal world' and into crazy adventures Nic mostly feels fortunate for having had such an amazing adventure and getting the opportunity to live out her dreams. Very much looking forward to having a home again and getting stuck into being part of a community Nic can't wait to get baking, preserving, knitting, crocheting and other such homely stuff.
This boy is just desperate to explore his new island - climb trees, get his feet wet in the river, head off on adventures, collect sticks and stones, find inspiration for new drawings and stories, films and photos.
Dragon thrives on the idea that there is something brand new to learn every single day, he doesn't want to waste a single minute.
Star is going to live on a National Nature Reserve. There will be white tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, manx shearwaters. There are Rum ponies, otters, red deer. She is going to have cats and a dog, chickens, ducks, pigs, goats. She probably doesn't really care about anything else to be honest.
The introductions in italics are from the email we sent out to potential WWOOFing hosts in our introductory email way back in 2010.
The Wondering Wanderers are:
Ady currently works in retail support and merchandising of bedding plants. He has previously worked in all sorts of careers including Retail Management, game keeping, managing an indoor rollercoaster and a spot of TV presenting. Ady wants to leave the 9-5 behind, learn about rearing animals and butchery, spend more time with his family and live a simpler life.
Nic has also worked in a wide variety of jobs from Retail Management, Recruitment and Marketing but currently works part time at the local library whilst being at home with Dragon and Star. Nic has done some volunteer shepherding, hatched many birds, loves baking, preserving and is learning about wine and beermaking in an experimental fashion! Nic wants to learn more about beekeeping, dairy farming (including milking a cow, making cheese etc.), lambing, calving and growing fruit and vegetables. Nic can crochet, knit and sew a bit, has done some basket weaving, rag rug making and is interested in natural crafts. Nic is a qualified Waste Prevention Advisor volunteer with the local council which involved a course learning about composting, real nappies, waste collection and processing, recycling and landfill and other green issues. Nic loves the idea of off-grid living and would love to learn more about sustainable, renewable and alternative energy and building.
The only real fear I have is of dogs. I am hoping to utterly conquer that this coming year and would like to think I'll try anything once. Life is for living, not hiding behind a sofa!
Dragon (not his real name)
Dragon is ten and loves bushcraft, survival and being outside. He'd love to learn to drive a tractor and understand how it works. Dragon loves animals, particularly sheep. His other passions are film making, drawing and storytelling.
We live on the south coast very close to the beach and it's one of our favourite places to be. Dragon never manages to come home without wet feet!
He loves to help and along with having a go at baking, cooking and cleaning he is also a dab hand at chopping some firewood and lighting the fire.
whittling and woodcraft is one of the skills Dragon hopes to learn more about this year. He's got a knife, a book all about knots and is looking forward to mastering more bushcraft skills. I doubt he'll ever work in a job requiring a suit somehow...
Star (not her real name either)
Star is eight and loves animals. She has hatched and raised ducklings this year and is interested in breeding, rearing and keeping animals.
She likes them wild, domesticated, big, small, furry, slimey, cuddly, scary, feathered, scaly, mammal, reptile, amphibian, sea creatures, birds and bugs.
She's ridden ponies....
sea glass and has a spotter guide book for every environment.