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Palm thatched roof

Hoisting a bucket up to the roofI promised you all pictures of thatched roofs...and then promptly forgot about it.  When I remembered and took the time to go through my Mexican photos looking for thatching, I realized that I had far too many shots to fit in one post, so I instead posted a series about Mexican architecture over on our travel blog.  Head over there to see Mexican thatched roofs, a picturesque Mexican barn, the ubiquity of Mexican hand tools, and a Mexican gravity water system.  The posts were almost homesteading-related enough to share over here, but I didn't want to annoy anybody with what (in an earlier era) would have been an endless slideshow of travel pictures.

Heating rocks for the steam lodge Finally, in case you haven't already, you can now read about our entire adventure over there as well.  Highlights included an amazing journey by train to get to the pier, a restful cruise (complete with security guards knocking on our door), seeing a trail of army ants and their associated wildlife at the Mayan ruins of Coba, and a fascinating glimpse into Mayan culture at a steam lodge on Cozumel.  I hope you'll especially pass around the link to the last adventure since the steam lodge is run by a very like-minded soul who could use some better exposure.  Tell all your friends!

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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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