Definition of a Dirty Hippie

| 3/18/2015 5:31:00 PM

Rima AustinI would love to be able to come here and tell you that homesteading my little 5-acre farm is a 100-percent organic, white-cotton dream with sunflowers and butterflies. In reality, it is muddy and stinky. The tiller won’t start, the roof leaks, the barn is falling down, and the list goes on and on. I wouldn’t trade this life though for any high rise apartment in Paris, France.


The dilapidated barn was already on the property when I moved there. This will be the subject of a future post, I’m sure, when I learn how to repair a barn.

barn front

Let me start by giving you the background to my story. I am a single woman living with my three dogs on a 5-acre plot of land that was willed to me. When I received this land, it was a hay field with a dilapidated barn. In the last year, I have built a one-room cabin, an outhouse, and a fenced-in garden with five raised beds. The cabin is unfinished and the outhouse needs to be moved.

Needless to say, entering into my second summer on my farm is going to be busy. For one thing, I have to figure out how I am going to move a 200-plus pound outhouse by myself without a tractor or anyone else to help. Well, I may be fudging it a little; I have a lot of friends to help, but the minute I start explaining that we have to lift the outhouse up and away from the hole, they get a funny look on their faces, and I can almost hear the mental files flipping in their heads, files with names like: “Excuses to get out of friend’s ridiculous requests.” When that day comes for the john to be moved, I will definitely share it with you, my GRIT friends, and I will try to keep the pictures tasteful. *Wink*

4/12/2015 7:33:12 PM

loving these posts I just joined a few minutes ago will be looking forward to more

4/12/2015 7:28:40 PM

try and find a big enough pan that will hold a dish strainer n rack your washed dishes in then pour your rinse water over them n what drains into the pan, you can use for your next wash water.. Keep Up The Good Work, I commend you on your bravery to do this solo..

3/20/2015 2:44:50 AM

Just looking at your cleaning station I would make a basic wooden grid to put on the ground so that I didn't have to walk around in the mud. Plus, can you get hold of a wooden barrel or tub? That way you wouldn't have to waste the water, but could reuse it and wash in relative comfort! No more rolling pans! LOL BTY I love your blog. I live with my husband's family in Luxor, Egypt and am trying to live a more simple life, but the constant interference from male/MIL relatives who think they know better is infuriating. I dream of having my own land, even if I live in a one-room mudbrick house, with scorpions and snakes!!!

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