a little context

For the last 5 1/2 years, I lived in a travel trailer 8 feet wide and 15 feet long, with my wife, our two daughters, and our cat. We rented a back corner of a friends’ lot, ran an extension cord from the nearest shed, and called it home. We used a compost toilet, hauled all of our drinking and wash water, took solar showers outside, and lived as simply as we could. I’m sure I’ll be sharing many of our experiences on this blog.

We recently decided to rent a house, as in, a real house, with running water, a shower, more than one tiny room for all of us… It took some time to find the right place for us, but now we’re enjoying the benefits of a municipal infrastructure (and paying for it…!) It’s amazing how soon you get back to taking things for granted, like a washing machine, central heating and hot water. And internet access…

We unschool our children, ages 10 and 2, we eat a vegan diet, and we don’t own a t.v. We spend outrageous amounts of money at the farmers market each week, constantly exceed the maximum limit for books checked out the library, and buy most things at thrift stores and yard sales. It’s a good life….

Thanks for reading.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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