A British man ran away from his home and lived in the woods for 10 years — all because his wife nagged him too much.
Malcolm Applegate, 62, of Birmingham, opened up about his new life — and his old one — in a blog entry posted on the Emmaus Greenwich website. Emmaus is a “homeless charity” that gives people a home “for as long as someone needs it and meaningful work in our social enterprise,” according to its website.
Applegate wrote he was a gardener for 25 years and enjoyed his job until he got married. He wrote the more hours he worked, the “angrier” his spouse became.
“She didn’t like me being out of the house for long periods of time. The controlling behavior started to get out of hand and she demanded that I cut my hours,” Applegate wrote.
After he tried to work it out with his wife, Applegate wrote he left without saying anything to anyone—for a decade.
The gardener wrote he lived in the woods near Kingston for five years and tended a garden at a community center for the elderly. Applegate decided to apply to live at Emmaus Greenwich after a friend told him about it.
Applegate reported he was happy in his new home and recently got in touch with his sister, who thought he was dead.
“I’d like the people who donate to Emmaus to know that I am grateful for being given a second chance at life. I have a lovely room, I am able to work and I can still lead an active social life – I love it here – my life is officially back on track,” Applegate wrote.
His wife, who was not named, has not come forward to comment on her husband’s new life.