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Homesteading Letters

Thu, 5 Oct 2006
Hello,

I just wanted to let you know about a book for homesteaders that your readers might be interested in. It is called Deliberate Life: The Ultimate Homesteading Guide. It has step-by-step information on
almost anything to do with self-reliance, survival, organic agriculture, lost arts, and more. Take a look: 
http://www.lulu.com/content/452515  
There is also a website that could be listed on your Links page that is a wonderful source of information, with hundreds of articles, a busy forum and lots of free tools for members: www.deliberatelife.com 
Thanks!
Nicole Faires
deliberatelife.com

 


Oct. 25, 2005

Hello just wanted to say I enjoyed your site. We often wish for a simpler life here in CT. Our dream is to sell here and buy a home with some Land. we currently homestall and love the outdoors, we were raised here in CT and do not really know where to start. I love all your animals on your site I bet that new breed of dog is great! Thank you for the info.

 Oct 4, 2005
 

HELLO MY NAME IS DELORIS  AND I WAS FLIPPING THROUGH MY COMPUTER A WHILE AGO AND CAME ACROSS YOUR WEB PAGE {AND BOY DID IT BRING BACK SOME MEMORIES} I LIVE IN LUMBERPORT, WEST VIRGINIA AND WAS BORN IN MORGANTOWN ,WVA. I NOW LIVE ON A VERY SMALL 2 ACER PIECE OF LAND AND WOULD JUST LOVE TO HOMESTEAD IT TO THE FULLEST. BUT I LIVE ALONE AND AM ALSO TO OLD LOL. I DO STILL PUT OUT A SMALL GARDEN AND DO A LITTLE HOME CANNING.. I HAVE 14 BUFF ORPINGTON HENS AND 2 ROOSTERS. 4 OF THE HENS ARE SITTING ON EGGS THAT SHOULD BE HATCHING ANY DAY NOW . IM LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AND A SHELTIE DOG THAT IS MY BEST FRIEND LOL
I ENVY YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN . IT MUST BE A WONDERFUL WAY OF LIFE AND WITH THE WORLD THE WAY IT IS TODAY . MAYBE THERE WILL BE MORE PEOPLE TRYING IT
YOU ALL TAKE CARE AND HAVE A GREAT DAY
DANCELL


Tue, 7 Jun 2005 13:23:28 -0400

Hi Folks, Congratulations on a  super site.  I lived without electricity for a decade and plan on returning to that life-style in the near future.   Of course it has to do as much with philosophy as it does with logistics.   It would be great to see a world-wide network of like-minded individuals exchanging experiences and concepts on frugal living. Living in town lately I have become spoiled by the computer and plan on incorporating a modest SV system up at my log home and going with a wireless lap-top.  Other than that its collecting rainwater, ice for refrigeration, wood stove for heat and cooking and a washboard and clothes-line for washing.  I use a second wood stove on my screened verandah as part of a summer kitchen to cut down on inside heat. 

Its a great life eh! 

Regards,

Craig

 

 

 

 



Fri, 24 Jun 2005 11:20:44 -0700

Hello there,
I live in Cornwall Ontario Canada, and have been doing research on living without electricity, I have come across your web site, and greatly admire your way of living, many tips and ideas about living as frugal as possible, and I would like to live that way myself, My husband and I both agree how wonderful life would be without all of today's technology, but we have one slight problem, we live in the City, and we rent our apartment, although we are good with our bills and such, but we run on electricity, we really have no other choice, we have electric heating, no wood stove to cook on, I've been looking all over for an indoor cooker that doesn't need electricity, but good luck finding one, we have a washing machine (apartment size) and it's only used once a week, it's just the 2 of us for now, so not so much clothing, our drier is only for fluff drying, and the drier itself is an energy saver. Any way...what I am trying to say here is, I am impressed at the way you homestead, are there any tips you could give my husband and I for a more frugal way of life, without spending more money than we have to??? Your reply would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
S & R Beckstead


Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005 19:44:12 -0700

Dear Marcy,

I've really enjoyed your website. We live in the Northwestern corner of Montana and I admire the life you have carved out of the wilderness. We moved to this area about a year ago, and the Amish community, a few miles away, also inspires me. We have a daughter who's married and has a two year old and a two month old, our son is away at college and two teenage girls are still at home. We homeschooled the elementary grades and some of the upper grades for some of the kids. Right now the younger girls are enrolled in the public high school. I'm glad they have made new friends, but how I miss the homeschooling days.

I was wondering how things are going for you at the present, since it seems that the website has not been updated in a while. Of course, you don't have to respond, (since you don't know me from Adam!) but I feel a kindred spirit with you.

May God bless you.
Venessa


Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 09:30:51 -0600

I loved your article about living without electricity. I grew up in a two room log cabin in rural Montana without running water and electricity until I was in high school. I would like to go back to that lifestyle and your article reminded me of why. I like to think I am not too old fashioned as I am only 56.



Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 16:51:37 -0600 (CST)

Hey....I forgot your names between reading your web site and composing this e-
mail.....:) Just wanted to let you know that your site blessed me today.

We are also a homeschool family from the DEEP SOUTH....about to move to the
country...looking for a simpler way of life. Your family is an encouragement
to me.

Thanks for the ideas and info.
Gwen

Subject: JUST A BIG OLE WOW!! Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 16:08:13 -0800

HOWDY FOLKS , JUST LETTING YOU KNOW I THINK YOU FOLKS ARE PROBLEM SOME OF THE BEST!!, JUST FROM THE LITTLE I READ WHEN I STUMBLED OVER YOUR PAGE, GIVES ME HOPE FOR MANKIND, SOMETHING I AM IN MUCH LACK OF. I WISH YOU THE BEST, SOMEDAY SOON I TOO WILL BE OUT OF THIS SINKING GRIND OF [THIS SO CALLED NORMAL LIFE MOST PEOPLE ARE TRAPPED IN. THANKS FOR THE GOOD CHEER YOUR SITE HAS GENERATED IN ME THIS EVENING.

WISHING YOU AND YOURS MANY BLESSINGS, THANKS FOR MINE.

JIM MCCLAIN

BLACKSBURG SC

 

 

Sunset Hills Labradoodles" <melinda@sunsethills.biz>

 To: hlrinc@yahoo.com Subject: High Lonesome Ranch - Labradoodles

Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 09:28:42 +0930

Dear Marcy, Thank you so much for the referral you sent to me. I looked your site up on Google and really enjoyed it. I was very much impressed with your way of life and the way you are raising your children. It all hits very close to home for me. My parents had a home much like yours with oil lamps and a generator for electrical needs we were 50 miles from town and many of those were dirt. I started in animals like your kids, breeding rabbits (Satins and Holland Lops) goats (Nubians), sheep, chickens (Rhode Island Reds, and Silver Laced Cochins), turkeys, horses, and yes worms. My parents believed in being actively involved with their children�s education and home schooled us from my 2nd grade year on. I commend you on the time and effort you are taking with your family. May God bless you for your endeavor and may your children appreciate the quality of life you are providing for them as I appreciate my parents. Cheers, Melinda

Wed, 10 Mar 2004 07:13:24 -0800 (PST)

I recently ran across your site, it is a delight. We hand built our home, we have 4 large draft horses, a riding mule and the equipment to work and pull a covered wagon. We have one cow but we are looking for a milk cow, sheep that we shear because I'm a spinner, weaver, felter, knitter and natural dyer. I have one angora goat that is sheared also. I have milk goats and chickens. We lived with out full power for a few years, then went on temp power and are now on full power. I have 2 wood cook stoves, one in the kitchen that I cooked on for years and one recently given to us, that will go into a cover out doors kitchen. I do a lot of things over open fires, so we are moving my fire pit near when we are putting in the cover kitchen. I  make hot press soap over a fire, cook with a reflector oven and dutch ovens, natural dye and make apple and fruit butters in kettles. I use old time tri pods and s hooks for cooking and dyeing to hang my pots. I make baskets, brooms, crave wooden spoons, have a black smith shop and a lot of leather working tools for harness work. This year ,I'll be churning butter and making cheese. Being part Cherokee, I keep a lot of the old ways ,I make herbal medicines, eat wild food and forage for plants. I make both mountain and Cherokee baskets. My house is set up to be on or off the grid. I have a James washer and electric, an electric sewing machine and treadle. I have large floor looms as well as primitive looms like Navajo and back straps for weaving. My younger brother says I live in a museum because all I ever buy is old equipment to do old things, life is good. I'm wanting to build and out door oven, a kick potters wheel and a saw dust pottery kiln this summer. When we put in water and added to the back of the house, we took down our out house and that's on the list for this year also. Thank you for the wonderful journey on your site, there are very few back to basic people around here and we live in the country. Take care, Jo Ann

 

Fri, 27 Feb 2004 15:47:45 -0500

Hey! My name is Dave I just found your site and Wow its nice. Just a few lines to let you know. I have been years trying to do something of this nature with my critters. Oh I'm still trying. Just 2yr ago I got a brown bear added to my colection boy is she a ball of fur. Well I would sure be in your debt if you could give me any advise or help in any way in the matter of licenses permits, cage design, or anything else you can think of. A lot to ask for huh. hahaha Well hope to visit your place some time. Thanks a fellow West Virginian