Thankx for the input guys, keep it coming.
Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall is a bit like my mentor, I started setting up for my own "Escape to River Cottage" around the same time he started his very first venture from London to Dorset many years ago.
I moved from Sydney to the Tweed Valley, Murwillumbah to be exact to get a feel for getting back to my roots (My grandmother used to live there also many years before) so I knew the place & surrounding areas.
Things out of my control happened and I ended up back in sydney living in suburbia again
And then I had a major health injury which stopped me dead in my tracks.
I've watched all the series of River Cottage and know them to the detail almost, he has done what I wish to try to get back to (life got in the way) his show's first few series of "River Cottage" were very inspirational to me and a long the same lines I was taking, I felt like he was doing exactly what I tried to do many years before..
I also watch Alaska: The Last Frontier among others, Mountain Men. I grew up on a farm of sorts just out of suburbia in southern sydney, we had chooks,ducks, geese, goats, horses, but my parents never grew any of our own things to eat which I could never understand, we had 8 acres to play with which we rented for, wait for it . . . . $60 a week
, from 1971 until 1988 when my parents moved out, I'd always wished they could buy it, we used to slaughter our chickens or ducks for food at christmas time and I learned how to do all that from my father. btw the place I grew up has since been bulldozed and subdivided
so I have nothing to look back at now except for my memories. One day I'll get back to where I wanted to be one day. I also had an aunty that lived at Bellingen on the far north coast of NSW and they ran a dairy farm which we used to holiday at every year when I was younger, so as a kid I used to get up with the farmers and help milk the cows, feed a calf or 10, feed the pigs, we also used to harvest corn, pecan nuts, it was a place I loved and I've always struggled to get back to. I'm seriously thinking of selling up and doing a serious "River Cottage" type venture soon.