Frugal family of six quit London rat race to live off-grid in freezing caravan on Cornish cliff with no heating or TV

Frugal family of six quit London rat race to live off-grid in freezing caravan on Cornish cliff with no heating or TV

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A FAMILY-OF-SIX has quit the London rat race to live in a caravan atop a cliff in Cornwall – with no heating or television.

Davina Foster moved to a field in Perranporth with her partner and their four kids to escape “bills and pressure”.

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Davina Foster with her partner Todd Bloss, and their children Michael, 15, second left, Saffron, 11, far left, Ruby, 6, and Harry, 18 months[/caption]

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Davina and her family gave up London life to live on a cliff in Cornwall[/caption]

Now they hope to sustain themselves off-grid as they mingle with their new neighbours – a bunch of pigs, ducks and chickens, Cornwall Live reported.

Five years ago the family lived in a small house in south east London.

Photographer Davina said she started looking at properties in Cornwall – and spotted a post office for sale there.

She told Cornwall Live: “My son was nine at the time and we were starting to look at secondaries and thinking about the future and the post office in Grampound came up for sale.

“My other half is a builder and I was a photographer and we thought we’d buy it and convert it.

“We fell in love with the idea, put our house on the market, our offer was accepted and our house went up for sale like that.”

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Saffron pictured outside the new family home[/caption]

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The family is living off-grid in two static caravans[/caption]

But the family Davina, now 36, her partner Todd and their children Michael, 15, Saffron, 11, Ruby, 6, and Harry, 18 months, were left disappointed when their offer for the post office was not accepted.

But with their home in London now sold, they decided to move anyway.

They rented a small house in Perranporth and bought a derelict old miners’ cottage in Redruth, which Todd worked on renovating while Davina worked in Spar and the Cornish Pizza Co.

It was just a completely empty field. We had to drag containers of water up the hill

Davina Foster

She added: “We had all these bills and all this pressure. It was not my ambition from being a successful photographer in London to working in a supermarket.

“And we were beginning to get burnt out by the property thing.

“Todd and I were used to camping – we met working at festivals – so we rented out the house in Redruth and started to look for land.”

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Davina and Todd wanted to escape bills and pressure[/caption]

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Michael pictured in the family’s new garden – a farm on the side of a cliff[/caption]

They then bought their dream plot of land – a seven and three quarter acre agricultural plot.

The sale went through and they got four Cornish black pigs and some chickens and started working the land right away.

Davina said: ““We rented locally for that time and we were going up there every day working the land.

“It was just a completely empty field. We had to drag containers of water up the hill.

“On one day our pig arc blew off the cliff and I had to climb down and drag it back up.

“We had no income and we were investing in the land.”

But a few months later they were forced to stop renting and move onto the land.


Davina added: “We had a horsebox and a shack Todd built out of some pallets and the bell tent. We had some ducks and some geese.

“We decided to do 28 days camping because that’s allowed in the scope of the land. Everyone loved it, we got some great reviews.

“But I fell pregnant over that summer and I was sick every single day and all night. I got insomnia, so I didn’t sleep. It was so cold and wet. It just rained and rained.

“And then we went into winter and it was brutal and then in March the Beast from the East came and I swear to god I had snow on the end of my bed and I was eight months pregnant.”

But despite the brutal weather, the family persevered  – and bought two static caravans.

Since then, Davina and Todd have established Cligga Cliff Farm at the heart of the Perranporth community.

Davina said: “By the end of next summer we’ll be self sufficient.”

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