Category Archives: Off Grid

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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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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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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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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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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Thankfull for a Flood (sort of)

A little bit of warmth today and predicted for tomorrow has given us a bit of a lift. The first 8’ x 12’ building is gridlocked until it can be moved outside, and before that happens, I need to move … Continue reading

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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

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