Good Bye, City Life
If you had told us in 2005 that five years hence we’d be living the simple life in the mountains of Montana in a house we built ourselves, I’m sure we would have all had a good laugh together at the absurdity of it and then gone out for a Café Americano afterward. Never-the-less, miracles do happen, and after living 20 odd years in large cities and abroad, we have settled in to what we hope will be our home for a long long time.
These Four Hands and Eight Eyes
A casual poll was taken on the day of our first building project on the homestead, and we discovered that between the two of us we had the following building experience: a lidless box, approximately, 1′ x 1′ x 1′, built in the 7th grade. Some topics are best left untouched, especially on the first day of building.
One short year later, we have built a 20′ garden hoop house, an 8′ x 12′ slant-roof storage shed, and a three-room Earthbag dome domicile. We have installed a well pump, started and maintained a garden, installed a wood-stove, and survived our first Montana winter. We have made it this far without any classes or courses or previous experience and with only the internet; our wits, four hands and bespectacled eyes; and God’s boundless determination to see us through.
Which is to say, if we can do all this, then, and we mean this sincerely, any one can.
In these pages we hope to chronicle our successes and unanticipated outcomes so that others can learn from and enjoy our adventures and mishaps in much the same way as our neighbors have — from a distance. Enjoy and please leave us a comment or two.