Back at the start of our family’s sustainable living journey, Kim and I stumbled across a similar family in the UK called the Strawbridge Family.
Dick, Bridget, James, and Charlotte moved from an English suburban home to Cornwall and bought an 3 acre farm.
They transformed this small farm into a sustainable paradise after lots of work and a fair bit of capital (only because the roof leaked and the insulation was non-existent).
It’s Not Easy Being Green
Here’s the first episode of the first season of It’s Not Easy Being Green. Dick and James went on to write a book titled “Practical Self Sufficiency“, which I have a copy. This book really goes into depth about DIY projects with which you can transform your home into a more sustainable one, saving swags of money in the process.
This family’s antics and great projects inspired us to go the extra yard and grow vegetables and rip up our lawns. It was also by watching this show that Kim finally gave in to getting chickens.
Thanks a Million!
So from the bottom of my heart, and long overdue, I thank the Strawbridge family for helping to inspire us, week after week, and giving us the courage to give it a go in the first few months after my green epiphany (early 2007). It really kick started our own progress before I started writing this blog.
Good on ya Dick Strawbridge and family. Thanks a million!
Update: Back in 2013, one of my readers, James, provided the following update;
I was trying to find out what happened to them the other day and to see what they are doing now, if they’re still running courses etc. It’s quite confusing.
I think Dick and Brigit split up (divorced and Dick remarried) not long after season 3 and she moved back to Malvern (where they started out from) which is when the house was put up for sale.
Brigit now appears to have moved back and is running the place as a B&B having changed its name to Bumblebee Farm.
The new website suggests that they run courses relating to beekeeping and bee management, but hard details are scant. Dick has done a fair bit of television work (Scrapheap Challenge, Beat the Ancestors and a load of “foodie” type programmes), remarried and has a young child.
I’ve no idea if he’s given up working on the “eco-house” idea around his television work or not.
James and his wife still seem to live in the area and run the Posh Pasty Co. He also does some television with Dick. Charlotte appears to be starting out as a professional photographer.
It was sad news when I first read it, but as with everything life goes on.