Welcome to Down the Lane
A website showing, through personal trials and tribulations, the results of a downshifting experience
Life takes you wherever you want it to go usually. For a large part of it you can be happy and content, then things change around you and it's not what you want it to be anymore.
This sums up how I was feeling in 1999. I had a good secure job, well paid and I didn't have to worry too much about paying the Bills. Then, in six traumatic weeks, everything changed and it became apparent that taking away certain parts of my life, there wasn't much left. I took stock of the situation and decided I could only have the quality of life I wanted by changing it and making my destiny through my own means.
Out went my Railway Management job and in came the self-reliant world. The last 10 years has taken me through Oddjobbing, Gardening Work, earning a bit on the Web through Surveys and Mystery Shopping etc. Now I'm lucky enough to have a summer job of Dressing Room Attendant for the Kent Cricket Team and spend the winter month's on other casual diversities.
Although still not earning half the amount I was 10 years ago, I have supplemented some of this by growing much of my vegetable needs and keep chickens for eggs (but they're pet's really!!).
Working on the "Do I need it and if I do, can I make it" principles, the frugal life has become second nature, the paying of Bills a challenge and the outcomes a sense of personal achievement.
The Web Site
Down the Lane has grown from just 30 pages in late 2003 to nearly 1,000 pages as of now.
In the last year......
A recent feature appearance on Meridian
Tonight's 'Unsung Sporting Heroes'
with Samgeeta Bhabra
Through much needed publicity about Chicken Battery Farming (campaigned about by Down the Lane since 2003), the Chicken Keeping Section has grown considerably to give help and advice to those thinking about having, or who have just started, keeping Chickens in their back gardens.
The Frugal Living Pages
Many pages now have 'how to' or fun Video's to add to the Sites diversity.
The Down the Lane Blog
Down the Lane Extras
As time has moved on, the website has gone off into other subjects. People finding pages for say WW1 Battlefields may find it strange why they were on a site about keeping Chickens! So, the Site has now been split into two, thus giving each category more definition. .
In Extras - Growing up in the 50's and 60's
Down the Lane and Social Networking
To keep up with the ever moving trends of the Internet, the Website has now a
Recently added pages
Month by Month guide to the Vegetable Garden (12 pages) - Where to site a Chicken House - Cleaning your Coop - Red Mite and Chickens - In Frugal Living What don't we really need (6 pages) - 3 new pages in Earning Extra Money
Down the Lane Extra's
More subjects featured in the Down the Lane Website
Chickens in the Garden
The Battery Hen
Successful Boot Fairs
Film * TV Extra work
Eco Paper Log Maker
Earning Extra Money
In The Blog
Observations and Rants!
From interlect to dribble!
New Ashford Kent Pages
Keeping chickens in back gardens is still on the up
Down the LaneNow attracting around 130 new members a month, this is the place to ask questions, share knowledge and have fun with likeminded people
Free NewsletterSubscribe Here to receive the free Down the Lane Newsletter
Chicken Breeders UKA new Directory of Chicken Breeders accross the UK plus pages on some popular Chicken Breeds
My Downshifting journey, archives back to 2001
The Diary Pages
Many people are now taking these poor creatures on as pets.
Read about it & how you can re-home Caged Hens
The Battery Hen
A big part of living the frugal life and being more self-reliant is growing your own Vegetables. Go to
The Garden Farm
The JOGLE Pages
Read about my Bicycle Ride in 2011 to raise money for two worthy causes
Shop for Chicken
Just about everything you need to start keeping Hens in the Garden