I've been reading these forums for the last little while and figured it was time to make a proper introduction.
I'm up in Northern Alberta, I have a place up in the Saddle Hills which run into the Rockies about 45min west from my place.
I grew up in the Toronto area and learned my trade for 5 years and moved west in 2007. Been here since and have loved every minute......even the -40 Celsius that it gets down to sometimes in the winter and constant dark.
My partner and I are building an 800 sqft cabin and plan on extending the gardens out to be a little more sustainable.
Being 29, iam catching a fair amount of flack about this type of lifestyle from family back in Ontario. Apparently this is something people do when they're in their 50's.
Thanks to all the people who contribute on here. Rocket mass heaters are one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time.
If anyone has any questions on cabinetry and furniture building, feel free!
They goal is to own their own home and live a semi-retired lifestyle you are doing it and they aren't.
I think that you are the one on the right track. I do understand them missing your company, free food etc, LOL.
They do have a few things that you will not have, like crime, traffic jam, smog, access to clubs and bars, hospitals.
But in reality most 30 something is really just slaving away from work to home and maybe gym, only once in a while will they get to go on a trip.
You on the other hand get to workout building you home, you get to enjoy the company of someone special, which they are still searching for.
You get to enjoy good food, maybe make your own beer, you can still watch tv of you want to.
And most of all, what you are doing now will make the next 10yrs of your life easier, can the other back "east" say the same.
Will working two job to "own" a nice car really add to their life 10yrs from now.
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