To look at Mike Neir and myself, one wouldn’t immediately think “Oh, they’re the sort of people who would absolutely be interested in living a simple life.” Quite the contrary, really (and somewhat sadly.) Mike is a hard-core computer geek, and we are both fond of technology and toys and modern conveniences. We both like Swedish death metal. I like motorcycles and jumping out of airplanes. We both like pretend-blowing-people-up in outer space, and and Mike loves playing the electric guitar.
However, these last several years, I’ve been longing for a simpler life. A more natural life. A way of living that would be simultaneously more fulfilling and less damaging to me and to the environment. As it turns out, “homesteading” is exactly that.
While we don’t have a forty-acre farm nestled in the middle of nowhere as I might like, we are fortunate to have a house situated on two acres a few miles outside a small town, approximately 15 miles from where I grew up. We have neighbors on both sides. It is a rural, but not remote, setting. What can we do on those two acres to homestead?
That’s what I’m going to try to figure out here.
This our back yard:
There is quite a lot of room to work with here, but it will take work to convert the yard into working space.
This is our small town:
I love how there are still many original storefronts. It has the basic necessities, and The Big Towns aren’t far off when we need them.
While I may secretly (or not-so-secretly) yearn for the Little House on the Prairie times, we won’t be approximating them here. We’ll find a balance between modern life and simple life, I’ll be posting our journey here.