I have always dreamt of becoming a smallholder – an English version of a homesteader. So we have created a peaceful getaway for me any my family. Sometimes we forget ‘why’ we live the way we do and just keep forging ahead.

What I want is something different. That is what I am looking to build here – a helpful community of like minded eco-friendly people.
So let’s get muddy together and enjoy the little things in life! Please do share your moments with us all here on the site or via our Facebook page. You can also find us on Pinterest where we have lots of ideas to inspire you! Or on Twitter where you will find lots of options to collaborate and get involved!

You are all welcome here xxx

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So whether it be making a rag rug from a coffee sack or that you fancy making a bird box from a teapot we have something to inspire everyone! Have a little rummage around our pages below and get inspired.




About Me – The Mini Smallholder


About MeHi Everyone, my name is Alex and I work in Central Birmingham in the West Midlands. I have a lovely job which means I get to see the whole country. We have no children yet but we do have lots of pets and hope to expand when we get our rescue hens later this year. Having only recently moved into our ‘forever home’ means we can now start to build our very mini smallholding in the outskirts of Coventry.

Why we started a website

I’m not going to lie this site started as a way to keep myself focused on what we wanted to achieve. Now that I am here I want to share it all with you. I am not perfect but I did used to work as a qualified electrician which is pretty much as close to perfection as you can get!

Having a love for DIY and being an electrician means I am pretty proficient with power tools. I also started a craft group as I realised I was the only female working with hundreds of men everyday and it was starting to affect my vocabulary if nothing else! So I started a group with some girlfriends where we learnt to crochet, sew, do mosaic work and anything we could show each other. It gave me much needed female company. It also gave my husband an excuse to leave the house and go to the pub. He will crop up from time to time and you will see his real ale beard! We both love gardening and creating a natural habitat for wildlife. As well as moving towards self-sufficiency.

My ideal fantasy would be to create a community here where we can be frugal and ‘green’. It would also need to be creative and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way.


Spoiler alert – things can and do go wrong, we don’t mind showing you our mistakes as well!!!

We also have another site and I am the author of the Homegrown Herb Garden if you want to know all there is to know about growing, storing and eating herbs! Even using them in our homemade spa treatments!

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