I long dreamt of a life that was like this lady's, but almost two decades ago fell for a man who is very much urban in his outlook. Choosing the man over the land every time, I've tried to scratch out the bits of the life I imagined in our little suburban block.
I don't know that I'll ever have a pantry full of bottled fruit and veg raised on our own land, but my version of harvesting whatever crop we have in season and in this case being able to squirrel some away for another time, that's my own version of self sufficiency.
Whilst admiring many of this man's pursuits, our life demands some a more conservative approach in terms of the money that this family brings in. We want choice in where we live, in how we educate our children and having funds to repair that which needs repair, so adopt only the parts of this life which are realistic for us. For some it may not be enough, but for me it's combining the best of both worlds and allows me to live my little illusion while I sit and weigh my beans.