Family of four shunned the rat race to live off-grid in a gypsy caravan

A family has chosen to live completely off the net, paying only municipal taxes, harvesting their water from the rain and sending their son to school with a Shetland pony.

Barny Maurice, 42, and Katus Young, 43, live with their sons Madog, seven and Malinki, three, in Gamblesby, Cumbria.

The family bought 3.5 hectares of land in 2014, which now consists of gypsy cars, a wooden hut that Barny has built, a toilet that turns their waste into compost and a shower with solar panels on a 12-volt system.

They earn their living by renting gypsy cars to vacationers and Katus & # 39; s career as a touring folk singer, and their only regular outbound is their £ 89.70 monthly city tax bill.

Katus Young and Barny Maurice, who have an economical & # 39; off-grid & # 39; lifestyle in a remote village near Gamblesby in Cumbria, with their two sons Madog, seven and Malinki, three

Katus Young and Barny Maurice, who have an economical & # 39; off-grid & # 39; lifestyle in a remote village near Gamblesby in Cumbria, with their two sons Madog, seven and Malinki, three

They earn their living by renting out gypsy cars to holidaymakers and Katus' career as a touring folk singer

They earn their living by renting out gypsy cars to holidaymakers and Katus' career as a touring folk singer

They earn their living by renting out gypsy cars to holidaymakers and Katus' career as a touring folk singer

The family only pays municipal taxes and lives as sustainably as possible, with a toilet that turns their waste into compost and a shower with solar panels on a 12-volt system.

The family only pays municipal taxes and lives as sustainably as possible, with a toilet that turns their waste into compost and a shower with solar panels on a 12-volt system.

The family only pays municipal taxes and lives as sustainably as possible, with a toilet that turns their waste into compost and a shower with solar panels on a 12-volt system.

There is no television or game console in the family home, with the couple encouraging their children to use an outdoor playground and spend their time making caves

There is no television or game console in the family home, with the couple encouraging their children to use an outdoor playground and spend their time making caves

There is no television or game console in the family home, with the couple encouraging their children to use an outdoor playground and spend their time making caves

Katus and Barny, who never had a conventional 9-5 job or owned a house, were raised in typical family homes, but both chose to avoid the rat race at a relatively young age.

The family cooks on an open fire and has a stove that is powered by gas bottles. During dry months they get their water from a stream.

There is no television or game console in the family home, with the couple encouraging their children to use a playground and spend their time making caves.

Madog rides the Shetland pony to the bus stop for his commute at school.

Barny said: & # 39; We sacrifice a little adversity on the one hand – but we don't have to worry about money or time.

& # 39; Other parents spend all their time earning money. We prefer to do things differently.

& # 39; We live in a beautiful place. The children are free to run around. It is so normal for me. I don't live this way in someone's judgment, but I do think people should live in a more sustainable way.

& # 39; I feel that people use more than they need. It requires information to change.

& # 39; We live sober, but we are really happy. A big thing for me is living with what you can. & # 39;

The family bought 3.5 hectares of land in 2014, which now consists of gypsy cars and a wooden hut built by Barny

The family bought 3.5 hectares of land in 2014, which now consists of gypsy cars and a wooden hut built by Barny

The family bought 3.5 hectares of land in 2014, which now consists of gypsy cars and a wooden hut built by Barny

Katus said: & We just pay council tax, bill-wise. We keep everything we earn and invest it back in the things we do & # 39;

Katus said: & We just pay council tax, bill-wise. We keep everything we earn and invest it back in the things we do & # 39;

Katus said: & We just pay council tax, bill-wise. We keep everything we earn and invest it back in the things we do & # 39;

The family cooks on an open fire and has a stove that is powered by gas bottles. During dry months they get their water from a stream

The family cooks on an open fire and has a stove that is powered by gas bottles. During dry months they get their water from a stream

The family cooks on an open fire and has a stove that is powered by gas bottles. During dry months they get their water from a stream

Barny said: & # 39; We sacrifice a little hardship on the one hand - but we don't have to worry about money or time & # 39;

Barny said: & # 39; We sacrifice a little hardship on the one hand - but we don't have to worry about money or time & # 39;

Barny said: & # 39; We sacrifice a little hardship on the one hand – but we don't have to worry about money or time & # 39;

The family sleeps in a car and then goes to the cabin, which serves as their living room and has a wood burning stove to keep them warm.

The family sleeps in a car and then goes to the cabin, which serves as their living room and has a wood burning stove to keep them warm.

The family sleeps in a car and then goes to the cabin, which serves as their living room and has a wood burning stove to keep them warm.

The family buys food at the local village shop and gets their meat from nearby farm friends.

They finance their off-grid lifestyle through their business, Wanderlust's Gypsy Caravan holidays, which specializes in horse-drawn carriages and adventures.

Katus added: “We just pay council tax, bill-wise. We keep everything we earn and invest it back in the things we do.

& # 39; We have laid out a garden and we plant stuff and grow more vegetables and herbs.

& # 39; It only affects me more and more, the amount of packaging on food and everything in supermarkets.

& # 39; We do not have a refrigerator, we have a cool box outside and a mesh-lined cupboard on the inside and the floor is always cool.

& # 39; It is a box that stays cool and in the shade. Milk, butter, cheese and meat or fish stay fresh for a few days.

& # 39; We live by what we need. I feel that we consume much less food that way. That is where waste enters.

& # 39; I am not someone who does shopping every week. Food consumption is minimal, food waste is minimal. & # 39;

They finance their off-grid lifestyle through their business, Wanderlust's Gypsy Caravan holidays, which specializes in horse-drawn carriages and adventures.

They finance their off-grid lifestyle through their business, Wanderlust's Gypsy Caravan holidays, which specializes in horse-drawn carriages and adventures.

They finance their off-grid lifestyle through their business, Wanderlust's Gypsy Caravan holidays, which specializes in horse-drawn carriages and adventures.

The outside toilet of the family, which turns waste into compost

The outside toilet of the family, which turns waste into compost

The outside toilet of the family, which turns waste into compost

Barny hopes that these experiences will encourage others to live the same way. He added: & # 39; We want to give people the chance to see what it's like to live off-grid.

& # 39; They can escape the modern world. We move them from camp to camp. People love it.

& # 39; It went really well. We have people from all over the world, Australia, Thailand. It's pretty interesting to see people disconnect.

& # 39; The first day they arrive they are a bit worried. But many people have said that it has led them to view their lives a second time. & # 39;

The family says they have no routine, except that they get up between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.

They sleep in a car and then go to the cabin, which serves as their living room and has a wood burning stove to keep them warm.

The family helped find and continue to raise funds for the Wanderlusts Bai Conteh music school in The Gambia, West Africa.

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