Settling into a Welsh Woodland Home

Camp has been struck. Our enquiries bore fruit, and our Kentish rest has been left behind. We are settled into the woods in Cymru.


Under the a-frame. 2 days into the woods

We are near Llandegly Rocks in Radnorshire. We’ll tell more presently. Thankyou to the many people who suggested a good place to stay. We’ve been offered a full variety of woods, huts, yurts, valleys, gardens, hillsides, in spots all over Cymru. Soon, we’ll write a list of all the communities and projects we’ve discovered in asking for a winter home.

Meantime, here is a recap of what’s been going on over the last few weeks…


feast of being at home...

We went home to sing for the London gig opportunity. We wanted to gt our CD out, also, and at last it is with the printers, and soon to be with us.

Home being so close, we took rest. Probably this was always bound to happen, but it still took us by surprise. Rest was not easy. We were itchy-footed, eager to get ready for winter, to get out and back to Wales.

Much gathering and preserving has been done:


Chestnuts of Kent join us in Cymru


Rosehips of Kent, come too...


Bladderwrack in Ayla's hands

We spent much time on this pursuit, and in gathering the other preparations for a winter in one place.


Herbal First Aid Kit

Autumn is a plump month, and we found many foods which could be dried or chutnified, and some that demanded being eaten right away. We wanted to put on a comfortable layer of fat, the best insulation available, and we wanted to preserve some of Autumn’s sustainance for later…




Horseradish, mouth fire for winter


Beefsteak Fungus, chunky and nourishing


Cep delicious

We also have sourced wool, which Ayla especially loves towork. We’re all hoping to work felt, and learn to spin and weave…


wooly warmth

Our group is of 4 – Rose joins us, an American farmer’s daughter from Arkansas. She is brilliant fun, and tremendously capable, and in love with Wales. She also laughs at the British cold…


rose collects the abundance of East Kent

Also we greet Ayla, who joins the gang for this winter. She is a brilliant musician, a singer and writer of song. We are all inending to sing, and record together this winter. Ayla is also great with herbs, foods, and general life good-practice.

Also we are Ed and Will, as before.


Ayla checks the map

There are some friends that we cannot bring with us…


Hedgepig. he was happy to be de-ticked...

But some are definitely here:


Ed the Carter

So now we have gone to Radnorshire, and have dragged our winter kit down the rutted pats, and set up an initial A-frame. Things progress swiftly, as the damp is a worthy adversary, with whom we will have to make friends, as well set some good basic techniques of respectful distance.


Our local guardian


Elan Valley, not so far from our new home


Elan Valley rocks

So here we are, in our little home, nowhere near all set up. We have much work to do before we can be comfortable, and a long way before we have our everyday systems good and clean and simple. It is going to be a lot of fun, and we’ll at least be warm if we work very hard…


Home, as it stands. It is damp, we promise

We’ll soon catch up on our previous stories, and update this old website. But we’ll be using voice recordings, in an effort to make everything much quicker than this long long wordfulness which we love, but have no time to constantly create.

Thankyou for all your help in getting us out here.We look forward to seeing what a winter in the woods of Wales can teach us all. We’ll let you know…

Love, and the best of the winter, to you.

12 Responses to “Settling into a Welsh Woodland Home”

  1. Andrew Spence says:

    The song you sing is not my usual listening, but I like your voices. I would not spend any time in a tent, summer or winter, but I see that it is more than that to you. Your journey is interesting, and, I reckon, not as easy as many might think. I will watch out for further news.

  2. Bindi D says:

    You are indeed a clever bugger William and I wish you well as Christmas (as it still is for me) approaches. My Hackney bedroom cupboard is cheery, and damp, and there is a pheasant in the freezer. Bast is killing it in London whilst I try to take accurate financial ‘snap-shots’ in time (in print). Did you hear that Murdoch bought the Wall Street Journal?
    I just looked out and it is raining again. Keep your back dry and your head high.
    Love to all from me xxxxxx

  3. liam says:

    hooray! i’m so happy to hear that rose has joined you. i received a postcard from her many months ago- but, of course, no return address. now that y’all are settled i hope that there is an address i can write all of you. missing you rose, but immensely joyful that you’ve found a new home!

    all the way from the us of a,

  4. Dear Woodlanders, Not many clues for finding you! I want to bring you a Serbian Kotlich and tripod (, an essential bit of kit for communal living in the woods. I would like to be able to bring you some red deer skins; they are very very good insulation. Natural materials are good against damp. I am just over the hill from you at Kington in case you want a winter excursion. Sawmill waste slabs are very good fuel wood because they are dry. All the best, enjoy the winter rhythms of the earth. Rob

  5. Laura says:

    Glad to hear you have not been blown away in the storms this weekend.
    I hope Ed’s finger mends quickly.
    Your jealous sister….

  6. bill , devon says:

    hi i enjoy what your doing , it does me good to visit your site and check in on you as your a far cry from the estate where i live ! enjoy . best wishes

  7. Mum says:

    Hope you’re all okay in this terrible weather – thought of you all last night in your little tent.

  8. Chloe says:

    Here am I up my my ears in lesson plans, evaluations, London traffic and chaos…and there are the four of you in your fairy-woodland…is there any justice in the world? I’m excited to follow your stories, and gain insights to your ever-increasing skills. Bless you abundantly, and stay warm x

  9. Richard says:

    Good luck! I think what you are doing is quite inspirational.

  10. Mandy Katz says:

    Those are some of the hairiest-looking (root) vegetables I’ve ever seen! Your resourceful winter preparations remind me of a cross between “My Side of the Mountain” — an American outdoor-survivalist classic — and “A Wind in the Willows” (or the Brambly Hedge stories?).

    As a Yank who blogs about England, I was delighted to stumble on your site. What a knotty, whole-grain break from the slick Brit arts, Olympics and Cool-Britannia-style fare I’m more used to on the web. And your music sure does open a different door than, oh, say, Cold Play or Amy Winehouse. Or the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, for that matter!

    I hope you find warmth and coziness in your Welsh warren. My family and I hiked and toured during a few mostly rainy days in Cymru this August. To paraphrase Mark Twain (on San Francisco): “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in southern Wales.”

    Good luck! I’ll be blogging about you so let me know when your CD is out.

  11. angela says:

    Very glad to hear that your little group of four has found somewhere you feel is Right to settle for the Winter months and I look forward to hearing some interesting and inspiring tales from you in due course. Look after yourselves and enjoy the beautiful Welsh countryside.

  12. Nick Burch says:

    Greetings intrepid adventurers,

    I have been following your travels with much interest and not a little envy. I wish you all a warm and dry Winter and will look forward to further travels in the new year. Don’t forget to wake up after your hibernation !

    All the best,


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