With the help of our neighbor, we made an upgrade to the homestead’s water system recently.
Our non-drinking water comes from a creek. It is stored in a 250 gallon container. Previously, the container was located beside our cabin. That wasn’t the best location for it. It was lower than the cabin floor which meant going outside to get the water and then physically carrying it into the cabin.
The upgrade relocated the container some 100 feet up the hill behind the cabin. The slope of the land raised the container higher than the roof of the cabin, giving us a more than acceptable amount of water pressure.
The upgrade was made easier because of our neighbor. With his tractor, he was able to do in minutes what would have taken us hours to do by hand.
While pumping water from the creek, we met the newest members of our community. They are living full time on some property across the creek starting today. They are planning to homestead, but I’m sure that their idea of homesteading will be much different than ours.
However our homesteading philosophies differ, we do have one thing in common: like us, they will be living off grid, though I’m not sure that it is by choice. I’m also not sure how long they will stay. It takes a certain kind of person to live off grid. The heat of summer is soon to arrive, and it will test anyone’s resolve to live off grid. Who knows, they may have more resolve than we do and outlast us.
We have mixed feelings about the additions to our community. Last week, we met another couple that is a new addition. They are staying near the entrance to our community, as a guest of the person who owns a cabin and some land up there. The owner doesn’t live there. In fact, we have never met him.
All of the roads through here are private; the county will be the first to tell you that. All of the land around here is private. However, people around here tend to think that these are public roads, and that the creek and waterfall is public as well. Just like the couple we met last week. They came blundering down the road on foot. That should have been quiet enough, but they were talking loudly. Helo, our self-appointed early warning system, alerted to their approach. His barking riled up Boomer, our goofball wannabe guard dog who sometimes scares himself to the point of immobilization. However, he felt secure enough to join in with Helo. Since they were both inside, their barking woke up Jen, who sleeps during the day because she works nights.
They made three trips by our cabin. The next time they come through like that, I will initiate a friendly conversation ending with “please don’t come through here again”.
On one hand, new neighbors cause us some anxiety. We like the peace and quiet that our little piece of the valley offers. Any trip our new neighbors make in or out of their place will bring them up or down the road which runs through the middle of our property and close to our cabin. With the new neighbors come kids, a dog, a four wheeler, and an SUV – all of which will undoubtedly play some part of interrupting the silence we have learned to enjoy.
On the other hand, new neighbors could be a good thing. New people bring in different experiences and different skills. The possibility of new friendships is also welcomed. It gets kind of boring up here sometimes, and it would be nice to have others to visit with.
So, is our community’s population increase an upgrade or a downgrade? Time will tell. Maybe a Homestead home warming party will get us started off on the right foot.