Oxford graduate quits society to live a hobbit-style existence

700_40c2026e6f4de244e16cd0d70aca29c3Her straw and mud hut looks more suited to Bilbo Baggins. But unlike the wandering hobbit, Oxford University graduate Emma Orbach is staying firmly put. The 58-year-old has spent the past 13 years living with no electricity in her self-built roundhouse, generating her own power and growing her own food.

Enjoying a night in: Oxford graduate Emma Orbach plays the Celtic harp in her hobbit-style mud and straw roundhouse in the Welsh mountains. Her daily chores involve tending to her vegetable plot and collecting fruit, looking after her three goats, seven chickens and two horses and chopping firewood.

She gets her drinking water from a nearby stream and only rarely ventures to the shops for treats like rice and chocolate. Now you can be lord of the manor for just £5,000 a MONTH (which is roughly what you might pay for a two-bedroom flat in London)

Hobbit extends number one journey with $36.7M as Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher debuts with a modest $15.6M at U.S. box office Her evenings are spent in the glow of her stove, cooking her dinner and playing music on her Celtic harp.

The vegetarian then retires to her wool-stuffed mattress and wool covers at about 7.30pm. Mrs Orbach said: ‘This is how I want to live. This lifestyle makes me feel really happy and at peace and this is my ideal home.’

When her children, who are in their 20s and 30s and live in  London, Bristol and Brighton, visit, they, like all guests at the roundhouse, are banned from bringing technology such as phones or laptops with them. It is all a far cry from the conventional trappings of Mrs Orbach’s background. Her father was a violinist and her mother a librarian.

After graduating from Oxford  with a degree in Chinese, she  married architectural historian Julian Orbach.

Together they founded the Brithdir Mawr eco-community in the Preseli Mountains near Newport, in Pembrokeshire, round a 180-acre farm in 1993.

Animal care: Emma milks one of her three goats as part of her daily routine One with nature: Emma gets her water from a nearby stream, chops her own firewood and only ventures to a shop to buy special treats such as chocolate

For five years they enjoyed a simple life, then a survey plane chanced upon the ‘lost tribe’ and they were plunged into a decade-long battle with officialdom.

( via dailymail.co.uk )