Do your surroundings effect your output? I wholeheartedly say "YES!" Take a look at the view out the front door at Ticklemore. It's only two miles from town, but it's a world away from the craziness of the material, superficial world that I see around me in San Francisco. If I want to make cheese, I want to find someplace like this. Robin keeps it simple. He buys his milk from dairies in Devon and Cornwall. He doesn't own a single animal. His sage advice, "If you want a life, and want a vacation once in a while, don't have farm animals." I'm inclined to agree with him. I love to travel. I can't travel and have sheep, goats or cows. Smart man, that Mr. Congdon.