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January 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm #48709
Let’s start the new year out with a bang, or at least a friendly HELLO… I’d like everyone here to reply, tell us a bit about yourself and your interests here, what drew you to this site, doesn’t matter if this is your first visit or you have been here forever, I’ll start.
My name is Wretha, my hubby and I (along with our 2 dogs) live 100% off grid, we live on a mountain side, in the high desert of far west Texas. We are both empty nesters, our respective kids grown and out on their own, we are both grandparents.
We have lived here since Dec ’07 and love every minute of it. We did this very much on the cheap. Hubby is a DIY guy to the extreme, he can take a pile of junk and make the most interesting and useful thing out of it, he built everything on our property including our home, we lovingly refer to it as the sky castle.
I love living this way, this is something I wanted to do most of my life, I feel very fortunate to be able to live my dream, I’m also happy that we are still young enough and healthy enough to be able to do this.
We are not tree huggers, though we are interested in keeping our little piece of the world in as good a shape as possible, living green and having a small footprint is a happy by-product of how we live, but not the goal.
We are both born again Christians, belong to a wonderful local non-denominational church, I am blessed to be the music director in our church.
Some of my hobbies and interests are:
cooking and baking from scratch,
art related-drawing, painting, Zendoodling and such,
music-singing, playing piano,
writing-blogging, creative writing,
computers-internet, gaming, HTML,
alternative medicine-herbs, supplements,
there are probably a lot more things, but I’ll leave it at this for now.
So, here is it, you know a little about me, how about you? Tell us a bit about yourself. Add pictures if you wish but it is not necessary.
WrethaJanuary 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm #48881
Hi Wretha, and everyone/anyone who reads this :-)
I thought the saying hello thread was a great idea and can’t understand why nobody else has posted.
I’m Marc, and in case you hadn’t guessed, I’m in the UK. I’m mainly off-grid, and have been on my land here for 5 years. Was living in a van at first, but now have a cabin that I built. Solar electric with a small generator back-up for when there’s too many dull days in the winter.
I’m gradually turning the land into a market garden, which is my only income. Hard work, but satisfying and great to be on your own land with no utility bills.
For web access I have a dongle from the cellphone network. Not wonderful as it’s very slow and not very reliable. Signal is poor and only a small download allowance.
I love this site, and look at it often even though I don’t always log-in.
Keep up the good work :-)
Nick did email me some time ago asking me to write an article. I’m not very good at writing and both time and web access are in short supply, but I’m very happy to tell my story if anyone is really interested.
MarcJanuary 20, 2014 at 4:04 am #48893
Thanks Marc, I appreciate your input, I also don’t understand why there is seemingly no interest in this post, hopefully this little bit of activity will spark some interest :)
Marc, I know you said you have slow and limited internet access, is there any way that you can take some pics and upload them or do you have some pics somewhere else? I would love to see how you are living.
WrethaJanuary 20, 2014 at 5:50 am #48894
You can see some photos of my place on photobucket Wretha, I’ll try and add a link.January 20, 2014 at 5:51 am #48895
That seems to work :-)January 20, 2014 at 6:11 am #48896
Wow! Your garden looks grand! I’m impressed :)January 23, 2014 at 3:02 am #48906
Thanks Wretha :-)January 26, 2014 at 10:09 am #48915
Hello from USA,
I’ve been living off the grid for a while in my van. I have solar panels on my van and I like my life this way…then I was thinking, what does living off the grid really mean….so I made a video…here’s me talking about it. ThanksJanuary 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm #48936
Hi AClarino, everyone has their own definition of what it means to be living off grid, yours isn’t mine, mine isn’t yours, I don’t think anyone should tell another person “if you aren’t living under MY definition of “off the grid” then you aren’t really living off the grid”…
This has been a point of discussion here and elsewhere. Personally I refer to myself as living off the grid, and no one else gets to tell me I’m not, even if I’m not living up to their personal standard of living off grid.
I know you meant well and were trying to educate people, it would be nice if you would say that this is your OPINION instead of stating it like it’s a fact. Please understand that there are different levels of being off grid, there is no right or wrong way to do it, being off grid doesn’t necessarily mean being 100% self sufficient, that is 2 separate things. I have people (usually online) ask me how I can be “off grid” and still have internet connection, their idea of being off grid apparently means living in a cave, wearing skins and eating worms, LOL…
I would love to see more of how you are living and surviving, it’s interesting to see the different ways people do what they do. Don’t let this run you off, post more goodies here for all of us.
Since you posted this in 2 places, I’ll copy this reply there as well.
WrethaJune 7, 2014 at 9:15 am #50095
Hi everyone, I’ve just posted most of this on another thread, I didn’t realise there was somewhere to introduce yourself.
My name is Hannah and I live with my partner, on a old small holding near Lancaster, uk. We are currently living in a static van and use a 1960’s tourer as guest accommodation. We’re hoping this year to get off grid and we’d like to meet like minded people along the way. We are planning to spend the next few months visiting, staying and volunteer with people/families/communities who are living sustainable lives. We’d love to help out with anyone’s projects and be an extra couple pair of hands for anyone who might like to exchange their knowledge and ideas for our help. We are hoping to find folks who could accommodate us from a few days to a couple of weeks and we’d be happy to help with your projects or jobs that need doing.
We live within a small family community, there a chap who lives in the farm house, my father who lives in a ex-park home and my brother and his lady friend who live in a static. Between us, we keep turkeys, chickens, a couple of cows, a small herd of sheep (and our first year of lambs) Gloucestershire pigs, a pack of dogs, a cat and a parrot. We produce alot of our own meat and collect eggs from the lovely chickens.
My partner and I’s goal is to get off grid and to live more sustainably. My brother has already kindly installed a wood burner for us, which we use for heating and has the potential of a back boiler for hot water. We have the space and time for growing alot of our own food but it is something we have only played with. We’d now like to learn more about growing our own vegetables/fruit, harvesting rain water, using renewable energy and living a lower impact life. I feel very strongly about living in harmony with nature and feel there is alot more we could be doing.
We both very relaxed and open minded people. I am into photography and I am working on a project focusing on off-grid/sustainable living. We are both fond of making music. We have a wonderful of collections of guitars and drums, a wooden marimba and a bunch of other percussion instruments. I’ve recorded a couple of songs, but I’m a shy player in public. Levi also makes really interesting electronic music and he dj’s. We both avid charity shop/cat boot sales/table top sales/antique shop visitors and I can’t resist vintage ceramics (especially tea sets) We both love relics of the past and prefer to furnish our home with old, unwanted furniture. We love cooking together, with raw ingredients and try very hard to use local produces.
We’ve got a great space to work with and there is so much info online, but we’d like to spend a few months living it first hand with other people to learn and grow.
If anyone needs an 2 extra pairs of hands, please do get intouch, my email is email@example.com
Thanks for reading and I’m looking forward to learning alot from this site.
Hannah and Levi :)June 7, 2014 at 9:35 am #50096
Hello Hannah and Levi, welcome, glad you dropped by :)
It sounds like you have a lot going on and going for you, good things. I have one question, it’s most likely an issue of being separated by a common language, what is a “static”, in reference to your brother and his lady friend?
Hope to see more of you around here, can you elaborate a bit more on your life?
WrethaJune 8, 2014 at 11:06 am #50103
Hi Wretha, thank you for the kind welcome.
Your sky castle looks incredible, what an amazing thing you have created. If I could build something half as good as that, I’d be over joyed :)
The ‘static’ I mentioned is a static caravan, the ones with a thin timber frame covered in aluminum. Our is around 12ft x 40ft, so it’s a good size but it’s not very pretty on the eyes. We’re hoping by next year to have built a wooden home but to keep the static and use it as a studio space and maybe get some climber plants and let them grow up around it.
I’m not sure what to write about our lives….. but here goes. We spent last year living and working with some friends who ran a guest house in Cumbria, uk. It is a beautiful part of this country and we were very lucky to get the chance to live in such an unspoilt area and to be so close to a lake (Buttermere, if you happened to want to take a little peak online) I’ve been staying here on the farm on and off for a few years, I made myself a little base here, but I was traveling around the UK alot whilst working in different places. My partner moved her permanently at the end of last year, and it has been utter bliss.
We have been spending some time recently figuring out what we would like to do. Neither of us have ever been money or career focused, so we are trying to work out how exactly we can escape the rat race and live more freely. I’m really crafty, so I’m currently working on a couple of things to see if they attract any interest and then hopefully make a small steady income from making things. I’d mainly be focusing on reclaiming old unwanted furniture and giving them new leases of life. I also love taking a bunch of odd unwanted things and making them into something interesting. I’m into photography too, and I’ve recently started getting bookings for weddings and christenings, so that will be bring in an income too and I’m hoping to sell some of my prints. In short, we’re trying to avoid spending our time working for someone to make money, to live a life that is predominantly spent at work.
We spend alot of our time being creative and when we are not, we can be found reading or watching a film. Ideally, we want to live in this beautiful place, without having to leave it every day, to drive to a job we don’t want to have, to then return home, eat, sleep and repeat the process the next day. Fingers crossed, we can make enough to live on and spend more time doing things we enjoy. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and felt I’ve use electricity and water in a careless, almost wasteful manor. I’d like to be more considerate to what I actually need and feel going off-grid would achieve this. I’ve always wanted to spend a few months living in the woods, going right back to basics and experiencing what I can do without relying on electricity but then thought why not do that here with the space we’ve already got.
I’m really excited to see what we can achieve, we just need to work out how to do it, there seem to be lots of options, we just need to find ones that will work here and which are the most cost effective :)
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