Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Impulse to Homestead

During this extra long winter I have had a chance to read a lot about homesteading. Books, magazines, blogs and articles presenting every variation on the homesteading impulse. At the one end is the aspirational homesteader who lives a highly … Continue reading

Posted in Homesteading, Self-sufficency | Tagged | 7 Comments

Still Thaw Impaired

Five to seven cold days, followed by two or three warmer days, and then repeat. This has been the pattern for the last couple of months, teasing us with the possibility of an early spring, and then slapping us with … Continue reading

Posted in Homesteading, Self-sufficency | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

A Throne Fit for the Leader of an Anarchist Collective.

When I read -25 on the thermometer this morning I groaned a little. The forecast promises that this will be the last cold day. That would be good because I need to work outside now, often without gloves. The metal … Continue reading

Posted in Homesteading, Self-sufficency | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

The Outhouse Rollout

Yesterday we started outside assembly of the first new and permanent structure on the homestead. The outhouse/ generator shack was pre-fabricated inside the old workshop, but would be too tall to assemble completely. I can’t deny the appeal of the … Continue reading

Posted in Homesteading, Self-sufficency | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Hey Warhol, Where’s my 15 minites?

I want my 15 minutes of fame and I’ll dance like a monkey to get it. I would like to tell my story, and if someone wanted to put me on TV, I would bite their arm off…. Or maybe … Continue reading

Posted in Homesteading, Politics, Rants | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

The Upside of the Polar Vortex

The polar vortex that gave Saskatchewan an extra helping of winter this year, gave me the chance to read a lot of blogs written by other homesteaders. The conventional books, journals and magazines that I have read most of my … Continue reading

Posted in Homesteading, Off Grid, Self-sufficency | Tagged | 6 Comments