The hearth fire is burning brightly tonight as I compose this entreat, cooking my dinner and warming a kettle of tea. My Dogs are resting peacefully nearby, being incredibly adorable. The Stars and clouds are dancing their Eternal dance. The Trees are singing in the breeze, stretching their stiff limbs. The rain is coming from the west to nurture all. The Creation is speaking, the Eternal's/God's language (the Word of God) with so many things to say. What speaks to you? I will listen with an open heart.
I often joke that I've eliminated 99.99999% of the female population by choosing to live as I do on the piece of land/Heaven which I call home, my little homestead. Perhaps I have. It is a modern world after all and like you, I grew up at the transition from analog to digital, but have chosen to dedicate my life to my little piece of Heaven, modern or no. And as I continue peeling away the layers of the "addiction" to the modern world, my heart grows more and more in love with the my homestead/the Forest everyday. I will never leave it. Do you love anything that much?
I love my fruit and nut trees that I've grown from seed and have nurtured by the sweat of my brow. I love my vegetables, building soil to feed them with wholesome decomposed plant matter, limestone, ashes, bonemeal and manure. I continue to plant trees because it inspires me. It's a comforting thought that future generations will benefit from my life's work. What kind of life inspires you?
A bit about my land;
Owned outright. I have no debt.
It is an inholding within the national forest in an isolated valley seven miles long, the headwaters coming from the top of the eastern contenential divide. Bordered on all sides by the Pisgah National Forest, six miles east of Black Mountain, NC, four miles northwest of Old Fort, NC. No other landowners in this 10,000 acre valley. I look out and see nothing but Forest. Summertime baths in the creek. Wintertime baths in a tub raised on stones and heated by fire. I cook on fire. Fire is our greatest tool! Wild edible plants and mushrooms to be gathered everywhere. Primitive mixed with pioneer living. What dishes do you love to eat? Ever bathed in a truly clean creek (no humans upstream)?
And in the interest in being forthright and not wasting any Woman's time, nor mine, here are some extras you should know;
I love my land and will never leave it. Not ever.
My Mountain Feist Dogs love the land too and I love them as my children. I have a daughter who is 24 years old who lives in MI. If you have children and you and I fall in love and choose to live a life together, I know marrying you is also marrying them.
I believe we should live in separate shelters, without expressing physical attraction, for the first year of your time on the land. Friends first.
I am 47 years young and 5' 10" tall.
I eat meat but will support you and cook vegetarian meals for you if you don't.
I am not looking for a housewife. I am looking for a strong willed Woman who will see the needs of the homestead and rectify rather than complain. A Woman who has her own dreams and hopes for the future who will come together with me, work together with me, cook with me, sleep beside me for the rest of our lives. Live life together.
There is no road going to my land. No way to drive a car to it. It's a 45min hike over a mountain to get there. I carry in supplies on my back. Logistically challenging, but immensely rewarding.
I live in a small cabin with a woodstove.
I will build a more permanent structure.
I don't believe in religion, nor the culture surrounding churchs. I DO believe in the Word of God/The Creator/The Eternal of which I witness the expression of everyday in the flowers, plants, trees, fellow Animals and within my own heart, when I'm quiet enough to hear. I struggle to Love the Eternal and myself.
I don't have respect for preppers or conspiracy theorists.
I'm extremely poor financially, but rich in my knowledge of the forest.
I don't take modern medicines, nor go to the doctor and never will.
I live with PTSD and depression (childhood trauma). I have good days and bad days. I manage it effectively with walks in the Forest with my pups, meditation and non-profit therapy. We all have our baggage. I'm sure you have your own baggage of some sort.
I enjoy smoking a pipe and having a glass of beer or wine.
My Mother transmitted hep-b and hpv to me while I was in her womb. I have never transmitted to a partner. We all have our burdens to bare.
I am not afraid to be alone after nine years here on the homestead. I have accepted I may spend the rest of my days alone. Yet, in the depths of my heart, perhaps I will be blessed with a Love from Woman, hence this post.
If the above hasn't scared you off, write me a handwritten letter and drop it in the mail, including a recent photo of yourself.
My address is;
1360 Mill Creek Rd
Old Fort, NC 28762
Peace and blessings! I look forward to hearing from you!