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Walden Puddle Expansion

Before we started the homestead in the bush we looked far and wide for a “turn key homestead” that would meet our needs and be within our means. After the housing crash in 2008, there were some genuine bargains in … Continue reading

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One Year at Walden Puddle

We have now lived on the land at Walden Puddle for one full year. It is by contemporary North American, post industrial standards an insane undertaking. And yet, for us it compares favourably with the other forms of insanity that … Continue reading

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Our First Power Outage That Never Was

Last night was a pretty ordinary night. After supper (I am still getting used to calling the evening meal supper after 30 years out on the west coast, where they called that meal dinner) we washed up the dishes, did … Continue reading

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Off Grid Electrical

When we were shopping for the ideal property to build our homestead on, I assumed it would probably have grid electricity already installed. At that time, (2010 – 2011) the math argued for staying on the grid, and perhaps installing … Continue reading

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Walden Puddle 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Shower

One of the enduring areas of interest in our life here at Walden Puddle concerns our bathroom and bathing arrangements. Not bathing at all might be a good option as we would save a lot of water, but the downside … Continue reading

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A Game of Inches

The cold persists at Walden puddle, -27c at 6am, but now rising to -23 at 10am. On the upside, the snow is beautiful and makes squeaky, crunchy sounds under my boots. The single room of the tiny house that we … Continue reading

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Another Broken Generator

A little frosty this morning at Walden Puddle. This morning the reading at our thermometer was -27c which was only one degree colder that what was being reported in town. I have noticed that we can vary by as much … Continue reading

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Cold Morning Test

This morning this the temperature here at Walden Puddle was -33c before a little wind chill was figured in. It was the first really cold morning, so this is a good time to look at our progress in coping with … Continue reading

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Nobody Told Me that they Have Winter Here

All this summer while we were scrambling to get our feet on the ground here, I have been promising myself that I would get back to blogging as soon as things settled down this winter. It is becoming clear that … Continue reading

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