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Category: Places

Whether it’s about the areas in which we live or places we’ve been to (or would like to go), the concept of ‘place’ is very important to many of our quests for the simple life.

Trip to Dancing Rabbit Eco Village

By: Everett S

I’ve been slowly working on a book about people who use high-speed internet connections in rural areas, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and web-savvy, to finance a lifestyle of radical voluntary simplicity. Nathan Brown is the second of five profiles I have planned, and we had the good fortune of visiting him at Dancing Rabbit […]

Blue Sky Daydreams

By: Tommy B

When I first moved to Floyd a dozen years back one of the first things I fell in love with was the summer sky.  The sky seemed more blue than I had ever observed and vastly big and reaching for being in the mountains.  At that time I was doing a lot of odd jobs and construction, and […]

My Studio

By: Missy B

I grabbed a few quick shots of my studio space today. It’s cluttered and messy, but that’s the way I work. I am very lucky to have the space to go and be creative. It’s nice to get out of the house, push Waylon in his stroller up the driveway then back out to the […]

New House. New Farm. New Task List.

By: Everett S

I learned my lesson last time and won’t be attempting to get this all done in a single year, but there are several things I’d like to take care of as soon as possible. However, this time around we have Waylon, which makes a HUGE difference in the amount of work we can get done. […]

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage On The Rainy Day Rant

Having worked with them on a few web projects, I invited some folks at Dancing Rabbit Eco Village in Missouri to discuss how internet access has helped their community. Several members are involved in a wide variety of online businesses that bring in revenue to help finance infrastructure and boost their local economy. Brian Toomey […]

How Did We Choose This Place?

By: Everett S

A friend recently asked me for the list of prerequisites we had when looking for a place out in the country. Since we get asked a similar question on a weekly basis (How in the world did y’all end up here of all places?) I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and paste my response into a blog post. So here it is!

A Weekend Get-Away to Another Farm & Sheep Care 101

By: Everett S

The video below shows some sheep care 101 stuff that we were learning, and includes a castration procedure called banding. There isn’t any blood and it is a non-invasive procedure, but I just wanted to give fair warning.

Shockley’s Old-Timey Festival 2010

By: Everett S

Below is a video highlighting some of our favorite demonstrations at the annual Shockey’s Old Timey Festival in Hillsville, VA. One of my favorite things about living in the country is that people still know how to do this stuff.

A Lost Letter Tells of Family and Spring Planting

By: Everett S

I pulled out our kitchen cabinets for some remodeling work we’re doing and found the following letter, hand-written on plain white paper, laying behind the cabinets. It must have dropped down there before the writer had a chance to send it out.

The Farm After a Summer Afternoon Thunderstorm

By: Everett S

Yesterday we had a pretty good afternoon thunderstorm roll through. It cleared up shortly after. Life was out in abundance, and I managed to capture some of it. Enjoy!