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Jack Smellie

Relaxed Smallholding coursesJack was destined for animals to be a part of her life when, as a very young child, she kept caterpillars in matchboxes and then invited her parents and siblings to her 'wildlife' shows! She followed her father into teaching (well actually she thought of it first... she was twelve years old when he decided to take the plunge!) and reached the dizzy heights of 'joint' deputy head.

Following a brief spell in theatre administration she then joined a national educational charity as project manager where as well as organising events, training teachers and making up book boxes for schools, she acquired her first dog – from a litter bred by her then boss who persuaded her to get a dog and promised it would be allowed in the office!!

The smallholding dream became a reality alongside a move to the West Country, initially Cornwall! Having become incredibly self sufficient on just one acre, the lure of ‘more land’ prevailed and now she and David enjoy the dizzy heights of a whole TEN acres in North Devon.

Jack writes for Smallholding Magazine as well as producing a daily diary.
She also set up and manages the very popular Celebrating Smallholding UK Facebook page and the accompanying website
David Chidgey

Relaxed Smallholding coursesAn early love of literature led David to question and discover lands beyond those he lived in, and fields of which he had little knowledge. Tilman and Shipton were read alongside Carroll and Tolkien and David's steps away from the north (where it rained a lot) were into teaching for 35 years, with an Award for Teacher of the Year being one of the many high spots.

His varied career included teaching D&T, Special Needs, Business and IT together with many trips away from school, mountaineering, climbing, caving and kayaking.

David left teaching to pursue a less stressful life working with Jack to run Relaxed Ltd, and whilst Jack mucks out, he grows and harvests a variety of fruit and vegetables and then does all the cooking and washing up.

He also uses his skills in D&T to build animal housing, fix implements that are broken and he never throws anything away.

David also 'collects' dogs. Jack may be responsible for bringing the first one into their lives but the rest (all ten of them over the years, currently we have five), are definitely down to him!!
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If you come via Chulmleigh you need to head north out of the village towards Tiverton and Kings Nympton on a road called Back Lane. We are about a mile and a bit out of the village on the left hand side. The house is magnolia in colour with a blue Volvo in the drive. If coming via South Molten head out of the town towards George Nympton and we are about 7 miles down that road (B3266) on the right BEFORE you get to the village of Chulmleigh. You will pass Cadbury Barton (Farm) and an agricultural machinery business just a quarter mile before us so you then know we will be next!
Sat Nav usually takes people to Cadbury Barton so if you hear those dulcet tones: ‘You’ve reached your destination’, then if travelling south, you need to carry on for another ¼ mile, if travelling north you need to go back another ¼ mile!
We have a drive-in/drive-out driveway so whichever way you come, you can just drive straight in. We also have a sign on the verge by the south entrance.
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