The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Second impressions

Big, wet tree

Dancing for joyKeeping up with the basics --- food, water, a spot to use the bathroom, and staying up to date on our computer work --- engrossed us for most of the first week. But the ground had been so parched that when it started raining, I couldn't resist running out to explore our new domain.

Down over the hill

Living so close to the road has taken some getting used to. But as soon as I slipped down over the hill, humanity disappeared in very short order.

Intergrown tree

Egg-shaped mushroomVarious neighbors have told us that this area was a dairy farm roughly a century ago. Sure enough, the trees are mostly the same age once you pass beyond the easiest-to-reach areas. There are scads of sugar maples, quite a few beeches, a tulip-tree or two, and even a few oaks. This is in stark contrast to life on top (our new core homestead) where honey locusts reign supreme.

Down at the bottom

Soil mapOur new property consists of a series of plateaus separated by steep banks. Following the deer trails, it wasn't too hard to get around, although the walk back up had me huffing and puffing by the end. But I'll definitely be coming back to my new favorite spot --- an outcropping of rocks beside a wet-weather creek.

I actually only made it halfway through the property --- our land goes up the other side past the creek too. But I want to follow a topo map when I head further afield. I'll save that expedition for the next time it rains!

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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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The first tree shot is impressive and the egg shaped mushroom. Good work landing this sacred spot. Intrigued to hear if you find remnants of the dairy farm in future digs!
Comment by Maggie Mon Oct 16 08:12:54 2017
Very cool! Glad to hear you found some solitude. Do deer trails mean you will have some fresh venison this year, and are you planning on adding chickens to the place once more?
Comment by Eric Mon Oct 16 18:26:52 2017

No one will be able to accuse you guys of being 'flat-landers' Any signs of the old farm? Joey's post about old homesteads was beautiful. I am in the Azores right now, there are ancient abandoned farmsteads everywhere, even a few villages. Have yet to see a "no trespassing" sign.

Comment by Chris from Canada Tue Oct 17 13:58:54 2017

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