This excellent question is one we have been asked by a few people, both through the internets and in real life. The answer, at the moment, is “we don’t know”. We didn’t just start this project with no idea of where to go- we had a spot lined up on a small farm, but that isn’t happening right now (though possibly in the spring).
One of the awesome things about the truck house is that we can go anywhere. We can stay in different towns every week if we want. We can take a ferry to France or Spain or Holland and have, quite literally, all the comforts of home. We’ve even talked about putting it on a ship and driving around the US.
All of these dreams are awesome things we’d love to do, but they aren’t why we are building this.
What we hoped for when we hatched this plan was to rent a little field, or corner of a field, or some woodland. Somewhere we could put our little home, get some chickens, plant a garden, be self sufficientish, live frugally and save for our next move.
That is still our dream, but is turning out not quite as easy as we’d hoped. There are a lot of laws in England, quite rightly, to protect the beautiful countryside. What this means in practice is that, even in something as demonstrably portable and low impact as a truck, you can’t just buy land and go live on it. There are various loopholes you can jump through, but none of them are quick options (the one we have our eye on involves living “temporarily” on land for four years while you build a barn, then demonstrating that you make most of your income from agriculture and THEN applying for permission to build a house). Hence why we are hoping to rent land on a farm that is already established and has people living on it.
Our current action plan is asking everyone we meet if they know any spots, and occasionally knocking on farmhouse doors. We have met some lovely people, but so far haven’t found a place for our little family. I am confident the right place is out there and we will find it if we persevere and keep asking.
So, dear reader, do you know someone with a bit of space? Do you have any thoughts of how we should be looking? We are thankful for any and all ideas!
Jess, Henry and Annabel (+Keffie)