Living Off Grid For 30 years: A Story Of Happiness Through Isolation

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Jill Redwood lives in East Gippsland, Australia where she built her house almost 30 years ago. She prefers to be really self-sufficient, having an orchard, a garden with vegetables and an animal farm which provide almost everything she needs on a daily basis, without having to frequently drive one hour and a half to the nearest town. Moreover, with regard to energy and water supply, she uses solar panels and a waterwheel.
Living entirely off-grid, on around $80 a week and surrounded only be animals, Jill happily says: „what more do I need?”
For more details on Jill’s extraordinary story, check out the video bellow:

 

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13 Responses to “Living Off Grid For 30 years: A Story Of Happiness Through Isolation”

  1. Christina says:

    I love this story and Jill Redwood is living my dream life! She is very inspiring to me!! I would love to be able to just sit and talk with her about living off grid and in Australia!!! Thank you for sharing her story!

  2. Chris says:

    What does she need the $80 dollars a week for? Taxes??

    • umabbas says:

      She lives off the grid, not surviving on roots and rainwater. :]

    • Sam says:

      Could be fuel.

    • robert says:

      Weed. Just weed.

    • sue says:

      There are expenses related to raising animals and growing food. Clothes, shoes and outerwear don’t last forever. Personal hygiene products..like the toilet paper in the outhouse as seen in the video. Cleaning supplies for her home and clothing. Does she have a car – those require fuel, maintenance, registration and license to drive. Items related to her health care needs? Insurance on her property? Taxes as you mentioned.She buys some food items that she mentions. Supplies for canning and preserving food.

  3. Pamela says:

    What a wonderful life! So peaceful. I wish I could do that.

  4. Connie says:

    I’m in the process of building an off the grid cob house. I’m inspired by seeing another woman feeling the same way I do about the world. Thank you Jill for sharing your story.

  5. Stephen says:

    I live on $80 per week but still on the grid living on a boat

  6. Karen says:

    Lovely, but where does she get the $80 a week? I get that there are always some expenses, but living in this way it might be tricky to actually earn some cash – selling products or opening up for tourism..?

  7. Peggy says:

    I loved this story! What a smart, resourceful woman! She probably has some sort of
    retirement income coming in. The place she has created was not cheap to put together
    (water wheel, solar panels, etc.). My one question is about the outhouse. If it is only
    for poo, then where does the liquid waste (pee) go?

  8. Shelley says:

    She has to feed the animals and buy things she cannot grow.

  9. LL says:

    Yes – have lived off grid for 21 years raising 2 kids in the process. In Maine, to provide for healthy kids and animals, alike: $80/ week is just a drop in the bucket! During the winter months, there is only about 4-5 hours each day of decent solar charge, there are wood stoves to constantly fill, to keep our log home a bit warm, and water to keep thawed out, for outdoor animals. These animals sometimes require food, that will not be grown during at least 7-8 months out of the year, and veterinarian bills, to keep them comfortably healthy and well bred, for future income. Not costing anything, unless grain is needed: there are days, during winter months, that the temp will be lucky to see the single numbers above zero, and those temps could be -20 to -35, during the night. (there is always an animal or bird, to be provided for, when they are using all and more, of their natural reserves, just to stay alive)
    Besides taxes, there’s automobiles, and doctors, if we want to have our children socialized, in a relatively decent way. There is always something to spend money on, for sure, but living off the land, or at least “with” the land, as we are, has so many benefits! (Btw, on the previous outhouse question: the pee, goes into the soil/ is absorbed into the ground. Solid waste is best controlled with wood ashes, as well as wood shavings- to help keep odor down and increase speed of composting) For now, another cold time of year, and solid 5 gallon ice buckets in the horse stalls, which must be switched over to warm water, at least twice per day: is now upon us once again. Merry holidays to all.

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