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

Visiting the countryside

Heather and me in the golf cart
"After they have taken up farming, many a city man and his wife --- particularly his wife! --- have run the gamut of emotions through all the descending scale of delight, gratification, pleasure, surprise, perplexity, annoyance, disgust and exasperation (a full octave!) to discover how popular they have become since moving to the country.  Not only do intimate friends drop in unannounced on fine Sundays but less and less intimate ones even down to people who just happened to live around the block arrive in auto loads and all expect to remain for dinner, perhaps supper also!"

--- Maurice Grenville Kains in Five Acres and Independence

We don't have this problem (except possibly during strawberry week).  Even the hungriest city dweller is generally deterred by the alligator swamp.

Luckily, I'm becoming better and better at tempting true friends to make the trek, bringing me closer to my goal of never leaving the farm but still keeping in touch.  Heather is one of our favorite visitors, and I totally lost track of time while chatting with her on Saturday.  (We both just thought it was getting cloudy...not dark.)

Thanks for coming, Heather!  And don't forget that guest post you promised me about books for the beginning gardener.

Our chicken waterer makes care of the backyard flock easy, clean, and fun.

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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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