No TV, no electricity, no walls, no doors…we love our tepee
For Ann, her partner Chic and their two children, a Wild West-style tepee in the middle of a Welsh valley is home sweet home.
Imagine living under canvas all year round, without running water, electricity or gas. There's no microwave oven or television set. You grow your own food and pull fresh water from the well.
It's not most people's idea of comfort, but Ann and her partner Chic love their tepee home. It's set in an idyllic spot hidden in a Welsh valley, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The valley is owned by about 45 people living in the tepee village. Scotsman Chic has lived and worked there for 18 years now.
"I came here here by accident," he says.
"A friend invited me to visit but when I turned up he wasn't here so I stayed in his tepee anyway."
Chic never left the village, and met Ann there about 10 years ago. Now the pair, who don't use their surnames or keep track of their ages, have two children - Zac, six, who goes to a Welsh language school, and daughter Kari, three, who starts school in the autumn.
Chic earns a living making tepees - something he's learnt over the years - and he exports them all over the world.
"Life here is not so different to in a normal suburban home," insists Ann.
"But everything in a tepee has to have a use as space is tight. Beds roll up and double as sofas during the day. Sheepskins that are used at night on top of eiderdowns are also used to sit on."
"The most important feature of the tepee is the fire in the centre - that's your central heating, your water heater and your cooker , all-in-one."
The smoke rises up the middle and out of smoke flaps in the top. You can open and shut the flaps according to the wind direction so the smoke goes out and the rain doesn't come in."
Everything in the tepee is of good quality - cheap rugs and bedding would have the family shivering and damp.
"Rushes and grasses go on the floor first, then woolen rugs and the sheepskins go on top. Any tepees have to be moved every six months otherwise the ground underneath goes bad."