Crackpot Smallholding

Our quest for self sufficiency and green living

At Crackpot Cottage we spend much of our time finding ways to be as self sufficient as possible, whilst keeping mother nature happy.

And so we build and dig and plant and harvest, and return what we don't need for ourselves back to the land (or give it to the hens!).

We have plenty to keep us busy, rain or shine (mostly rain!), whatever the season  such as:

vegetable garden

fruit trees

hens for eggs and meat

lots of flower beds and lawns

plenty of hedges and natural fencing


and the list goes on.......

Here we share with you our triumphs and failures, and all the hard work and attention our land needs.


Living in the countryside isn't as cosy and idyllic as people imagine but is certainly very rewarding!

Emanuela & Karen

Garden Waste Dead Wood Hedge

October 2020


Growing a natural hedge to attract a whole range of creatures and micro-organisms


Growing potatoes

September 2020


The wise old farmer method