It has become fashionable of late to regard almost any change in life style that involves receiving less, or no pay as a perk of what has been labelled ‘downshifting’. Volumes have now been written on the subject and much of this has been written by authors who, with the backing of money have dipped their toes into the fast flowing and shark ridden waters of a major lifestyle change overseas, realised what they were missing and rushed back to the secure and cosy fold of a well-paid job.
The mark of the true downshifter is flexibility – although I must admit that this comes mainly from events forcing you to be flexible rather than having any choice in the matter. And of course the event that forces flexibility on most downshifters, most of the time is the complete absence of cash; and when you are unable to buy a tapa
As our house building project progressed, it became rapidly obvious that the general rule of estimating expenditure and then doubling the figure was wrong. By the time we had put the poles up and covered and retiled the roof, and enlarged and roofed the chicken house, we were running at estimate x 4