Just thought I would let people know about this very remarkable and interesting lady. She is trying to live, for 3 years on a very tight budget and be completely self-sufficient. Not the usual that the majority of us here are trying to do!
She has started a tea room from her humble home, which, if you live in France as I do, you would be more than welcome to visit. It's a tea room with a twist! You don't pay for your tea/coffee and delicious cakes with money, you barter for them. This can be achieved by taking produce, i.e. fruit, veg, flour, eggs (her chooks aren't laying as yet) etc. If you're feeling really energetic you could even lend a hand in getting her garden sorted. Either work up an appetite for her wonderful cakes before or burn off the calories after indulging.
I have met this lady after she bought some geese from us and she is 'as mad as a box of frogs' but in the nicest way possible.
If you are interested in finding out what she is getting up to on a day to day basis you can find her by googling, the scarecrow ambazac. Honestly, it is well worth reading.