About Pig Row

Photo courtesy of Alun Callender http://aluncallender.com/

There is a house nestled on the high hills of the Yorkshire Moors. If you pass by you will think that it is a nice row of houses or that it is wonderful view. If you do this it will be on a summer's day at any other time you will not pass this way. You will not be brave or stupid enough to be outside during the seasons that follow. You will not face driving winds or snows; you will not see the valley below this house fill with freezing fog or watch as the snow rolls in like a sea storm.

Neither will you think as you pass beneath blue skies across fields full of wild flowers and inquisitive cows, that behind this tiny house bordered by an exploding, overflowing cottage garden, that there is a quarter of an acre spreading uphill and facing south.

That house is Pig Row. It is not merely a house or a view. It is a way of life. It is about growing, going green, raising a family and great food from the garden.

Life on Pig Row is the story of Andrew and Carol Oldham's lives as they raise Little D. It all takes place 1300 feet above sea level in a small hamlet on top of the Pennines surrounded by the Yorkshire Moors.  Pig Row is the tale of their move from urban life, to semi-urban life at Drovers and to a more self sufficientish lifestyle in their cottage set within a quarter of an acre. It's not quite The Good Life but it's getting there. Come take the road less travelled with Pig Row, you'll find it makes all the difference.  

Life on Pig Row is written by Carol and Andrew Oldham. The couple also write the award winning Dormouse and the Teapot (Winner of Vintage Blog 2012). Andrew writes a regular gardening column for Saddleworth Independent Newspaper and Northern Soul. They have written for a number of other publications, including the women's lifestyle magazine Brew Drinking Thinkings and Sainsbury's Magazine. Andrew initially wrote about Pig Row for The Cottage Gardener (the magazine of the Cottage Garden Society) and was and Ask the Expert for Grow Your Own. Life on Pig Row is their blog and reflects their life. Their social media brings together groups and individuals involved in the pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle. You can follow Pig Row here or on Facebook, YouTube and follow their regular twitter feed @lifeonpigrow.

The photo above originally appeared in Sainsbury's Magazine, September 2014 and is reproduced here courtesy of the photographer, Alun Callender.
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