So two years on, how do I feel about the move? I can honestly say I don’t regret it. We have a life here we could only have dreamt of affording in the UK. We have ducks, geese and chickens for eggs and meat. We have the bees for honey and the goats for milk, yoghurt and cheese. We forage the hedgerows for hazelnuts, sloes and wild raspberries. We grow our own vegetables. If it sounds like an idyllic Thoreauvian lifestyle, there’s a good reason for that. For the main part it is.