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Old 04-05-2021, 11:26 PM   #21
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DW wants to stay relatively close to doctors etc.
I could be far out, man.
We will live in a single level home on a large lot or acreage until we can't.
I think the farming/gardening/animals thing might happen after we get our travel bug out. Until then it is not a good mix. I'd rather have an acre or two of woods that require no attention, as opposed to a yuuge yard to mow.
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Old 04-06-2021, 04:53 AM   #22
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We're about 10 miles outside of town. Not exactly country, but rural enough to where I can hear cows moo'ing.

And I can see a Domino's 150 yards out my backdoor on the highway.
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My brother and his wife are on 80 acres an hour away from the city. But they're also 10 minutes from a small town that has a hospital and of course grocery. They love it but they still come to the city 2 or 3 times a week which is a 2 hour round trip.

I lucked out with my property...1.7 acres on the outskirts of town. The yard is 120 x 630 and ends at city limits and then it's a farmer's field. I built the garage, fence, and decks so that we have complete privacy from both neighbors and when we look into the back yard we don't see another house at all. We're 6 minutes from a hospital and less than 10 minutes from 4 major grocery chains, Costco, Walmart, etc. We have an ideal but rare situation....the feeling of isolation but with all the conveniences. I sometimes forget how good we have it until someone comes over who has never been here and we see their reaction.
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Music lover>>> That is an ideal location and would work for me (wife). I believe that would work for her and for me no close neighbors.
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Great photos! The lifestyle has appeal. I hunt, fish, can, make wine and wish we had a larger garden spot. But, at this point in my life, I don't think I can live more than 10 miles from a Costco! My DW is afraid I may trade our suburban life for a place where I can keep laying hens. She prefers her friends and neighbors to the poultry.
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Music lover>>> That is an ideal location and would work for me (wife). I believe that would work for her and for me no close neighbors.
I got lucky with a unique location but I still have neighbors. They're 100' away and while I don't see them when in our outside deck area I still hear the kids playing and the usual grass cutting, power tools, etc. But it's a compromise we can live with. Also, we both have elderly parents that live close and that provides convenience and peace of mind as issues are starting to arise.
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I guess we kind of have both. We have 30 acres in the mountains, designated timber land, with a new 30x40 metal pole barn with concrete floor and more fir and larch than you could hand cut in a dozen lifetimes. We have also started building a house in middle of town closest to that acreage and have a Safeway 4 blocks away, library and city hall 5 blocks away and a pretty big hospital 10 blocks away. It is about a 8 mile drive to the mountain property.

It is weird though we have more wild turkeys in the middle of town at our house site than on our mountain property. My wife gives them corn sometimes
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^ looks great, and you are right, you also have the best of both worlds.
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We are currently building our 4 acre homestead... about 3 years in. 2 pieces of property side by side, 2 old houses, rebuilding one as our home while living in a camper. We have Grape vines, figs , apple, plum, peach and pear trees, several raised beds and about a 1/4 acre garden going in. About 6 cords of oak and maple with many others down in the woods behind us. Needing to build a chicken tractor... Our chickens didn't move with us, and miss fresh eggs. We both grew up country living, farms, gardens, preserving.
Looking forward to being fully retired next year and having more time to work on it.
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My father became a homesteader when he retired. Now that he's getting older, I enjoy giving him a hand every once in a while. He has a vegetable garden and a productive orchard and berry garden (he's almost self-sufficient in that area and in fact gifts a lot of it to the family). He heats his house with firewood cut on his property and all the lumber he uses for various projects also comes from his property. He collects rain water for his watering needs. If he felt so inclined he could fish trout in the stream bordering his property and while I think that he should get a few chickens, he's not keen on the idea. He makes cider, sauerkraut, pasteurized fruit juices, etc... he exchanges some of what he produces for cheeses and meat produced by neighbors.

His home is only 5 minutes from a small town with many amenities (including a couple of doctors), 15 minutes from the area's main hospital, and about 25 minutes from "the big city". Don't get me wrong, his property is far from large (only a few acres) but he makes the most of it.
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To me true homesteading is when you go off in the back country of Alaska with just an axe and a rifle and you spend a few years living off the land and building a cabin or something.

Raising a few vegetables while paying for services like internet, electricity and consuming gasoline, medicine, etc. is still really living within the bounds of modern society, if a bit on the edges.
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I enjoy the country living more then anything, but not into full time off grid living. I enjoy the cabin and solitude at the ranch and spend all the time I want there at the cabin. I also enjoy the physical work of splitting wood and hauling all by sled to the cabin site. No power, no running water is a humbling thing for me after a week. When I'm wore out, I can come home to all the luxury of easy living.
Interesting, I have a cabin somewhat similar.
I tell folks I'm living like it's 1900, no power, no running water, wood stove, outhouse, etc..
It is a lot of work each day to just live, and after spending 2 months there in the summer, I'm in much better shape and have no need for a gym.

But I can see, someday I'll just have to stop going there, and stick to cruises as it's too much work at some point.
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Raising a few vegetables while paying for services like internet, electricity and consuming gasoline, medicine, etc. is still really living within the bounds of modern society.
I do have to agree with you in part... Its like "camping" .... some its sleeping on the ground using your saddle for a pillow... others its a Million dollar Motorhome. We considered staying totaly off the grid, But since we plan on spending the rest of our lives here we went the hooking to power for an easier future. But we are designing and building to stay as self sufficient as possible.
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Itís nice to hear from folks with a liking for country living.
Was just wondering if there were many on the site as there doesnít seem to be many posts about the contended country lifestyle.
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DW and I could not live in an urban area, but we are not quite true homesteaders either...........something in between, I would say. We have an old house on 4 lots at the edge of a small town. We grow fruit trees and shrubs on our property (mostly for making wine), I have a large vegetable garden, and we forage for mushrooms and other things just down the road on public land. We also fish and hunt deer (and small game) on either public land or a friend's nearby lake property, and we process all of the wild game we harvest ourselves. We harvest wild rice at a nearby river, which is something not too many people get to do. We get free-range eggs from a neighbor down the road from us. We buy grass-fed beef and lamb from a local farmer.

So yes, we have a nice house with electricity and all the usual comforts, but we also like to live as close to the land as we can. It's a compromise of sorts, but it works well for us.
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It’s nice to hear from folks with a liking for country living.
Was just wondering if there were many on the site as there doesn’t seem to be many posts about the contended country lifestyle.
We are all about country living. Although we are technically in the city limits (they LOVE to annex land into the city around here) we are about as much rural as it gets in our state. We have a little more than 6 acres and are zoned rural (and about 5.5 acres are woods that we don't have to do squat with), so the taxes aren't too crazy. We have all the good (and trappings) of rural living but have two excellent hospitals that are less than 12 minutes from the house and shopping/groceries are about 10 minutes away. Shoot, I can even get to Costco in about 30 minutes.

I am from the Atlanta area and have had my fill of big city living. It had some pros, but the cons far, FAR outweighed the pros and I can't EVER see myself living in a large city again.
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We live on acreage outside of New Orleans. Best of all worlds. Nearest neighbor 1/2 mile away, but can get to New Orleans in less than an hour for some of the finest dining in the world.
Homesteading? Don't know if it qualifies, but we have chickens for eggs, citrus (satsumas, navel and blood oranges), blueberries, some vegetables, etc. etc..and just finished splitting about 2 cords of oak wood.
All I know is that life is goood.
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And what happens when you get older?
A couple of widows are still living here independently in their 90s...one 91, one 96..
Thanks for bringing up an old memory.... talking about independent country folks...
For days after the Blizzard of 93 I was running with the fire dept, clearing roads of down trees, delivering supplies and checking on folks... On day 3 we get a call to check on an 86 year old widow that lived alone about 1/2 mile back in the woods off the end of a dead end road. We get to the end of the road... no tire tracks... have to tread on foot through the woods from all the down trees. We get to the house.. all quite, no tracks out front.. Knock on the door... no answer.... We are thinking the worst... we start walking around the house and there we find her... Outside... she had flipped the cover off her hand dug well and was drawing water with a bucket....
We introduced ourselves deliver a message from her niece, and that we are check on folks and bring supplies and food to people who need them...
She gave us a hug, thanked us for our work....
AND PROCEEDED TO LOAD US UP WITH CANNED FOOD TO BRING TO THE NEEDY...
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^ that is a great story! Rural life has been my life from birth, so for me it is who I am. I was born in the country and will die in the country. I hope anyway.

An interesting question was asked in this thread. What do you do, when you get old when living in rural area?

My question would be what do you do, when you get old living in a (metro) large city?
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^ that is a great story! Rural life has been my life from birth, so for me it is who I am. I was born in the country and will die in the country. I hope anyway.

An interesting question was asked in this thread. What do you do, when you get old when living in rural area?

My question would be what do you do, when you get old living in a (metro) large city?
We both grew up country, self reliant family... Lived every summer on the great Grandparents farm...
As for living in a Metro area... we did for a short time... it got old quick
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