Hearth to Hearth.
Being in the second half of our life (ha, we’re in our mid-50’s) many people told us that we were trying for an unattainable dream. So just what is this dream? To have our own hearth with land and to live off the grid. My other half and I had been wanting a more simple life. Well, we did it, we just left the bustle and hustle of the big city.
Why people leave it all behind?
Most folks want the simpler life. Overcrowding is the number one reason. Not only the roads but homes themselves are being stacked on top of each other, and I’m not talking about apartment type homes. Many families are finding their children have nowhere safe to play and their classrooms are spilling over too.
Our reasoning was that the city life was just getting violent and too expensive. We had a one bedroom apartment, less than 700 sq ft. our rent was $800.00 and that did not include any utilities. When it was time to renew the lease they wanted to raise it by $220.00 a month. That was the catalyst to our dreams.
How has the change affected us?
We now have room to spread our arms and not hit each other, LOL. Even though our hearth is being rented right now, it hasn’t stopped us from developing our skills as homesteaders. We live right by a beautiful lake and fish anytime we want. Our landlord has let us use his boats anytime we want too (extra bonus). The Mr.’s health is much better, just wishes he wouldn’t sweat as much. I tell him sweat is just a good sign you are outside doing something. I am less depressed and get to garden, something you can’t really do in an apartment.
Life around the Hearth
We have 6 beautiful hens working for us. As of this month, we haven’t had to buy eggs, August egg count was 65. This month if the girls continue to lay we will need to find someone to sell the extras to. Such a sad predicament to be in. Let me tell you now that there is a difference in pastured eggs to the ones bought in the store.
I was only able to do a little garden this year. I wanted to go big but…well we will leave that for another time. My poor flowers…
I love living in a small community. The locals here are so friendly and helpful. We have been able to use the skills that we have to help others and to make a little extra money on the side. Also, I can not talk too much about the scenery, now don’t get me wrong our former hearth had great scenery. The only thing is we had to travel to be in it. Here I open the door and there it is BANG! Being so close to the Lake we have a verity of local fauna come and visit too. It has been so good for us, I’m so glad we took the leap.
So here’s to having a Hearth in the Country!
So come along and walk and talk with us and we will tell you some more of our adventures here at The Bricolage Hearth. We want to include you in our ups and downs to show you that age is not a barrier to your dreams. The very next post will be about the fauna right here in our neighborhood.