Category Archives: Self-sufficency

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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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 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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Good Omen or Practical Joke?

This morning the sight out my window does not look quite right six days short of May. The snow is back and spring appears to have been cancelled. The forecast calls for a big improvement just before we move out … 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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