Greetings and welcome,
We are Rob and Mike. A gay couple living in the suburbs in Ontario.
For many years we have been striving to get back to our roots so to speak. Both of us have been raised in a family where gardening and farming was very much a part of daily life. We have a small home, with an average / smallish back yard and we would very much like to work towards a lifestyle whereby we live healthy, happy with a lot of hard work.
We are relatively handy around the house. We do many of our own home renovations and repairs, and we are quite good at re-engineering things for our needs, and for cost effectiveness.
The purpose of this blog is to share our experiences as we try to slowly transform the day to day rat race into a lifestyle off the grid as much as possible. We hope to share with our followers, tips, tricks and our experiences both good and bad. Our readers can feel free to learn from our mistakes, and perfect from our methods and maybe have a laugh or two along the way.
Our journey into the life of self sufficiency started, I suppose, from our parents — specifically our dads. Both of our dads have throughout their lives have had a little more than a small home herb garden going on. We have both seen our dads expand their gardens and spend time re-engineering things to suit their purpose and I guess thats where we get this from.
Rob and I have been together for over 15 years. We work in the IT industry, and for many years, lived the apartment life in the city. A few years ago we purchased a house in the burbs – largely to put some of our handyman talents to good use and to explore the world of backyard homesteading.
Another large portion of our inspiration is derived from a TV series from the 70’s in the UK called “The Good Life”. The premise of the show is that Tom – a suburban dweller is fed up with the mundane routine of the ratrace and decides to take a leap and give up the 9-5 for a life of self sufficiency in his moderate suburban home. Although its a sitcom, it does explore very well, the obsticles of such a lifestyle as well as the rewarding feeling that comes from the success stories. Its a very funny show but also very inspirational.
Since watching that show both Rob and myself have decided that we would also pursue such a lifestyle, except instead of jumping into it, we would slowly evolve the plan bit by bit. What started as a small home garden (as many suburbanites may have), is gently moving towards a get off the grid, mentality.
For the past few years we have slowly constructed a modest garden of our favourite vegetables. We are learning how to optimize and maintain the garden. In addition we are employing methods for a greener life (ie lower our carbon footprint as they say now). We employ recycling methods, which include composting, recycling with our local city waste management, and also reducing waste.
We also are striving to revise our former throw away mentality. We re-use products that are no longer functional for one purpose, and attempt to waste nothing. We save yoghurt containers, egg cartons, plastic food containers etc and use them for planters. We splice plants, and re-use old pots, buckets etc.
Anyways enough of the intro. In the coming weeks we hope to post a sort of dear diary of our day to day struggles, hurdles and obsticles. We hope our followers will enjoy seeing our experiences and maybe we will ultimately create our own little sitcom online 🙂
Mike and Rob