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Gum stuck in my throat

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Last summer when Mark and I decided to move away from our first homestead, many of you had questions that could be summed up in a single word --- "Why?!"

I couldn't really answer that question then. But time has given me understanding of what pushed us to pick up stakes and create a new home further north.

If you're curious, you can read that story in my recent Mother Earth News guest post. Better that the explanation come late rather than never, right?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Times change- what you wanted or envisioned when you bought the property and started the place changed over the years. You realized you needed a change, and made it.

Sure, you had readers and followers who were shocked by this. But they did not have to slog the mud of the floodplain or find themselves land locked in times of flooding waters as you did, and they did not have to tote all supplies in and out of there.

I find myself and family in a similar situation... live near the coast in a southern city, both of us have good jobs, but yet neither of us has roots or family here. Neither of us is really keen on it being over 90* and humid daily for five months. Land near the coast is quite expensive.

Yes, we will move one day. And many will fail to understand WHY we would want to give up the beach, the coastal life style? I will admit parts will be missed, but the humidity, hurricanes and such will not.

What we will gain is the land we want, and less heat, more of a change of seasons, and the ability to scratch that itch that says we have been in one place too long, and don't want it to be the final destination.

Comment by Eric Mon May 14 21:54:05 2018

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