Simon Johnson wrote:Last summer my girlfriend and I decided we would try living outdoors in our friends back yard/forest area. It went really well and now we are back for round two this summer. I thought some people on here might find it neat to see what we are doing, so I am going to post some pictures and answer some questions. Pictures will come up randomly, as they are spread out among multiple cameras/phones and I don't have constant internet access.
I figured I would start with what I have and go from there. So here are a few pictures of the setup process and more will follow. We are pretty well set up now, so I will get some up to date pictures soon.
Deb Stephens wrote:Not to sound snarky or anything (because really, I'm just curious), but what was your point in doing this? I mean, you weren't exactly roughing it from the looks of things, so wilderness survival skills don't enter the picture. Was this purely to save money, or were you doing this as a kind of practice homestead to see if you like the simpler lifestyle? If the later, I would seriously suggest losing about 75% of your stuff. Most of the 21st century junk we accumulate is unnecessary, and merely ends up being that much more stuff you have to worry about being lost, stolen or just in the way. Trust me, I know this from experience. A couple of clothes changes, a few dishes, a couple of chairs, etc. Own enough to do what is necessary but not so much that YOU end up working for the HOUSE, instead of the other way around.
By the way, what did you do with all that when summer ended? Did you end up having to move all that back indoors when you left? I hope you had a big truck and lots of friends!
Simon Johnson wrote:
Hi Deb. I guess we did this for a few reason. Saving money was a part of it, but mostly it is a lot of fun living in your friend's back yard with a sweet set up and a nice location by the river. Not paying rent also allows us to work much less at a "real" job, and lets us have "free" time doing cool permaculture projects on the property. You also get a sense of living simpler, but I most definitely agree with you on the point about ditching all the stuff. We are in the process of working our way to the point of having just the bare bones. If you can believe it, we already got rid of a bunch of stuff...
And yes we did have a truck, trailer, and friends to move