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An excellent blog post from Peter Allen of Mastodon Valley farm on why they chose to live off the land.



Some might call our lives romantic. We call it chaotic. We live in a 250 square foot cabin with a baby and three dogs. The dogs come and go, bringing mud, dirt, snow, and sticks. We built our house out of the pine trees down by the pond, and we’ve since discovered how very much the Asian lady bugs love pine. As we enclosed the frame last year, hundreds of thousands of lady bugs descended and laid eggs behind the pine paneling on the ceiling. This year, every day since October, thousands of the next generation lady bugs emerge, fly around, reproduce, and die. They end up in our coffee mugs, stew pot, water glasses, and honey jar.



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Just FYI, ladlybugs don't lay eggs in the house, they just hibernate there.
 
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Thank you Adrian, that was a very enjoyable read.
 
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Thanks for posting this. They are only 40 miles from me, and I hadn't heard about them until now.
 
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