Modern Day Robinson Crusoe

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ever dreamed of swapping your life for something totally different? Well, in 1962 a British journalist, Brendon Grimshaw has done just that. He bought a tiny little island in the Seychelles called Moyenne, where he created a life for himself. Today, Brendon is 86 years old and still enjoying his Robinson Crusoe lifestyle of freedom and amazing views. He wakes up each morning to 109 giant tortoises, 2000 beautiful birds and 16 000 trees that he planted over the years with the help of locals. In 2009 he was approached to create a documentary about his life and the island that he loves so much after investors wanted to buy it for development. Here is the trailer:

I for one, can’t wait to watch it. How about you? I love that he doesn’t want to sell the land and wants to preserve the natural life on the island. Way to go, Brendon! xo

P.S: Also, this adorable twosome and this special place in Kenya.

(Photos by Mark D. and Alamy for Daily Mail via Wilder Quarterly)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is the dream and the way he talks about his island is very heart-warming. Diana where do you find all those cool things? Cheers, Grace

kishipsa said...

It's really beautiful,, that there are people who care, and will do everythig not to sell it to developers... Great ;)
But... there's somethig else what makes me shock. Did he really paid 10000 pounds for the whole island?? It's incredible today...
I cross my fingers for the Moyenne :)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I watched with the sound off as it's only 4:50 a.m. here and the hubs is still sleeping but I think I got a feel for it anyway.
Whenever I dream of living that kind of life, I am jolted back to reality of my need for good healthcare, so sad.

Diana Mieczan said...

Yup, kishipsa! That is exactly how much he paid for the whole island in 1962. Incredible, indeed!

HiLLjO said...

What a dream to buy your own island and live wildly. Maybe someday!

Diana Mieczan said...

That is a good point, Jeanette and HiLLjO, wouldn't that be cool?

Polly Rowan said...

He was on tv the other day talking about his island! Don't know if it's the same docu you're talking about, might be. It looked like bliss.

Diana Mieczan said...

Polly, that is so right. I read somwewhere that he had a program on BBC. (I think)

Patricia Villamil said...

This is remarkable. So happy that wealthy man would put the environmnet first!

Annie said...

so hard to imagine actually owning your own island?! How incredible! I'm so glad he's preserving the natural life of the island.

Diana Mieczan said...

Isn't that awesome, Patricia?

Lena P Cox said...

Thanks. Humans try to do what they call fix up or develop, instead they mess up perfection. The only thing imperfect is humans. One day God is going to have enough of greedy people and paradise will be found.

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