Category Archives: Homesteading

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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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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The Ark of Misery Bends Toward Progress

I am aware that the title of this blog entry is a mangled version of a much loved quote by Martin Luther King. Our efforts here this year have struggled against the stubborn bush, the swarming bugs, the scorching heat … Continue reading

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The Month of Backaches and Blisters

This has definitely been a month for the books. I have not been forced to work this hard since I started my grounds keeping business 25 years ago. Hard work has not hurt this much since…..lets face it, it has … Continue reading

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Hard Early Days

It is hard to believe that we have been on the homestead for three weeks. It has been a mad rush all the way. I will try to pull together a decent post in the near future with some pictures. … Continue reading

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Today we are Homesteaders!

Just having a last cup of coffee in a dwelling with grid power. This morning it was cold when I got out of bed, so I just turned up the thermostat. It will be the last time I have access … Continue reading

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