Kim Bowen

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Just an update for those who have been kind enough to fallow. So much has happened and we have been so busy that I couldn't get back to fallow up with you all. The house sold and we did have a double closing on our sold house and our new land. So we are proud owners of the 17 acres free and clear. All debts paid, We are rich in land,trees and happiness, and completely house-less. LOL   But as it is we have stayed on the land about five nights in hotels a few nights that were in the 20's. Not ideal but I am not taking any chances on getting sick. So we also have been going out for about 3 days and nights to clear trails and haul in supplies. We have set up a base camp and are ready to start on our first structure. The weather has not cooperated and we had a bit of a winter storm and ended up coming out about 11pm in what looked like a blizzard and making a 2 hour drive to a hotel, going about 30 mils an hour. But we are thrilled and are ready to make a stand and get a house of some sort by winter. You can fallow us on out YouTube channel. A video is posted above. It is not 100 % what I had hoped for in the way of bush craft survival.  But we are camping , cooking over an open flame and have endured our fair share of cold nights. We are in it for an off grid homestead not gluttons for punishment. Anyway, follow us on You Tube or Facebook to get updates. Scott is out today hauling in free slabs and the family is headed back out tomorrow to get one room put up. The tent is only endurable at about 45 even with out base-coats and boggins on as we sleep. Looking foreword to a cabin.Thanks for everything. Gigi
11 months ago
Sorry it seems I have been missing. We had a bump in the road with the paper work on our present property. It took about a week to resolve the issue. But WOOT, problem all solved and now we are back on track for a double closing on February 28. I am printing off all the replies so we can comb them and not miss any good advise. Don't hesitate to write the book, we more than appreciate it all. I am considering trail foods for the first week because it will be all hands on deck to build our phase 2 camp shelter. Luv Luv all the comments.
1 year ago
Incoming advice so helpful. Will detail and discuss all with hubby for lists  and study. Tomorrow is His last day at work untill house is built , so we can get down to business. Please do continue.
1 year ago
Just to clarify a few things, My husband and I started learning skills as children and we have only been in the burbs for 6 years. We are NOT greenhorns or city slicker, wannabes. And we could probably camp/craft some of you out of the water. Don't need trial runs in a state park, which when I think about it is kinda funny, but advisable in some cases.   We bought our first raw land and moved there with tents and a grubstake, two babies and my 75 year old Mother, living from the land and building mostly from the land. Raised our babies there. We do know camping and we know tents, we know homesteading. We have had, not only a trail run, but we have lived it. We bought our prior land raw and sold it when my Mother became ill and needed medical care I could not provide. So we bought a home badly in need of repair in the burbs and have remodeled it in the 6 years and sold it with enough money to pay cash for our new piece of land. Now we have grown kids able and willing, and hungering to do it all again. We have a well established knowledge base of off grid living and know almost every aspect of homesteading to some degree. We have done tons of camping and off grid living.
 That being said, we are a bit out of shape having been 6 years in the city, and we are not 30 anymore. But we have advantages as well. We are in better health and have more energy that when we were 30. (Go figure) We have two strong healthy kids to help, I no longer care for my Mother and don't have babies. And we are armed with memory of many mistakes we made homesteading before. What we do want to do is grow in Bush craft skills. permaculture skills.  We can hunt, butcher animals, and build fires, we understand acquiring and purifying water.
    I am sorry I did not make it plain that we have experience before, trying not to be too lengthy.  
 Also, we will be 30 min, from hospital and shopping if need be. It is Not the Alaskan Bush or remote to the extent of isolation in extreme situations. The 17 acres has utilities at the road which we are positive we do not want.  So maybe I have calmed some fears. ((What we really want is to deepen our experience.)) Starting our homestead with camping and primitive structures is ideal. We do not want the easy route , we are not afraid. It is about learning some primitive technology and getting back to the most basic forms of life and sustenance. Getting real and up close with nature, without gutting it like a hog.( I have built more fires in the wild then most seasoned hunters, many with less than dry tender.) I promise.
    -The first day we hope to build a structure to cover the sleeping tent to protect it from storms or dead fall branches.
   -We intend in first month to create a trail wide enough to get a utility vehicle and small wagon in.
   -Parking our vehicles on the road is an issue. We haven't figured that one out yet.
   -In the north we did not have poison snakes, although I know them and there habitat from a child
   -Gardening and homesteading does not mean you know wild foraging and primitive preservation of food.
   - It takes 3 times longer to do most anything than you think , so setting up a base camp that is long term and somewhat comfy is ideal. Ideas welcome.
   - More knowledge on building with logs would be helpful, and using raw building materials from the ground.
   - Also tools that go along with such a build.
   The point is I am not so smarty pants as to think I don't need good advice or that good and knowledgeable company is not agreeable. I am not worried about failing as some of our poor pioneer forefathers did. I have already won that battle. But I really want to add a whole lot more of Danial boon and Davy Crockett to the mix. We could have just bought a small farm and went back to gardening w/chickens,goats ,cows and hogs. But we hunger for more a deeper experience. So feel free, all advice is welcome. I have watched every flavor of homestead life for years. From wild men in the bush to , college yuppies with a million dollar grubstake. I know the scoop, but I also know that if it isn't about the experience you have already missed the boat.  Thanks Y'all for the worthy advise , please do keep it coming. Gigi
   
   
     
 
 
1 year ago
Can anyone suggests an edible wild foods book and or cook/preservation book
1 year ago
Documenting everything for friends and family.
OK, First it isn't the same property. hat deal fell through and we have been two years getting ready to try again. But it is close to the other one. We plan to make a temporary water catchment with a tarp at first. We have a homemade ceramic filter bucket for water. We had planned a trappers cabin but decided a more primitive A frame would go up faster and get us out of the weather the first day. Thanks for all the input, I will consider each and every suggestion. We really want to do this with as little change to the natural environment as possible. There is ample trees of all ages and size, and ample flat rock as well. Makes me think the copperhead population might be healthy there. So we will have to keep  paths and yard clean. Lots of Bobcats, seldom a bear or big cat. Lots of coyotes and dear as well as turkey.  I plan a palisade around the fence to protect the garden from dear. Feel free to fallow us on Youtube and please be free with comments. I am looking to make jerky and pemmican and used bulk and dried foods. Grow, and dry. It is allot to learn but it feels so right. Thanks Kim/ (Gigi)
1 year ago
  Hi there, We are a family of four adults. And we are moving wooded raw land. Quite a ways out. Our plan is to build an off grid homestead. We are skilled homestead veterans. But moving to the woods in Ky at the 1st of March and essentially bush crafting in primitive shelter is sorta out of our skill set. My daughter is an herbalist, specializing in health and wellness. Hubby is a carpenter,builder,furniture maker. I am chief cook and household keeper as well as planner, etc. Son is every ones helper and pack animal. LOL  
   We are hiking in so everything at the first will have to be carried. So it is important to use as much natural materials as possible.We have one 18 ft tent. We are planning to build a quick primitive a frame/ridgepole shelter to put a tarp over and put the tent inside. Spring storms here can be tough. Honestly I am open for all suggestions. But at this moment I am sorting stuff at our sold house in the burbs. And really drawing a blank as to what is important enough to pack into the base camp.
   So please do share any essential supply lists or info that comes to mind. Everything we own is going to storage till tha house is built. We are expecting a warm dry portion before next winter. Feel free to ask questions. The land has ample trees of all kinds , standing and fallen. Thanks Gigi
1 year ago
We are in Logan County, KY bordering Tenn. We don't have nearby Volcanos, but who knows what blew in from someplace else.
3 years ago
cob
I have seen a lot of cob in pictures. It always looks brown or reddish. I have not seen any cob with black clay. It might turn out to be pretty ugly. But the option to put a lime plaster on it seems likely. In the jar test it was really evident how dark the clay and sand both are. In my mind I am wondering what geographical event would have caused this varied soil types.
3 years ago
cob
OK , so we did the tests. The clay is very sticky. It does not break apart easy at all. And the quart jar shows the soil to be 2/3 sand, 1/3 clay. And little else. So what is the advise you cob builders would suggest for amending to build.
3 years ago
cob