My name is Sara Warneke. If you read fantasy fiction you may know me as Sara Douglass. In my life I have been a registered nurse, a university lecturer in medieval history and a writer. But my passions are gardening, preserving and as much self-sufficiency in my daily life as I can achieve, and this really is what this site is all about. My aim, essentially, is to become as self-sufficient (self-reliant may be a better term) as possible, reducing my impact on the environment by reducing the 'products' I buy and use, and growing and making as much of my own food as possible. And I want to have a lot of fun and satisfaction along the way.