Welcome, friend! I’m Autumn! And I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to tell you a bit more about myself, how I ended up where I am today.
I’m a farm girl by birth. Like, actually. I was born in the little bedroom just off our farmhouse kitchen. And my childhood years were filled with wholesome work and outdoor play. The farm was a bustling place. Each season brought it’s own set of unique activities. And I loved it!
Spring brought the arrival of soft little creatures, some with long legs and others with tiny wings. They were equally adorable! Summer days were filled with swimming and fishing, wood chopping, haying season and berry picking.
Fall was marked by canning and home baked pies. It also led into hunting and butchering season. The transition from fall to winter wasn’t obvious. But when the rain poured, the hay barn and wood-working shop became our frequent haunts.
More than a few of the traditional skills I practice today are a result of my upbringing. Second nature. That’s what they are!
However, like many a farm kid, I left it all behind as I made my way in the world. Even though I craved the country from time to time, I knew I had to grow up, settle into an urban area and work a job. Because that’s what adults are supposed to do. Especially when you’re a young, single gal.
I was flat out pursuing my “adult” goals when a real good man came along. And for some reason, I couldn’t ignore this one. When he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him, I gave him a wholehearted yes. After a spring wedding, we began living and doing life together.
The Desire for Change
At the time, we were living in a northern oilfield town. There was money to be made and for a young couple, it looked like a good start to life.
But the problem was, neither my man or I wanted to raise a family in an urban setting. And we were tired of the rat race. We wanted to live our lives at a slower pace, to be part of a community where people were in tune to life around them. Our dream was to save money and one day, buy land where we could raise a large portion of our own food.
Part of this desire was triggered by my ongoing battle with Lyme Disease. A diet of home raised food made such a difference in my health! But unfortunately, our northern climate wasn’t conducive to this need, with snow on the ground 6+ months of the year and frigid winter temperatures reaching below -40.
It was time for change.
We’re very simple and predictable, my man and I. It usually wears well on us! But that time? We broke the mold!
Up and Doing It
After one year of marriage, we shocked ourselves (and friends and family) by taking drastic action. Packing our mini van, we left northern BC, drove 800 miles due south and settled in a small, low-income farming community.
Yes, just like that!
After a year of renting and experiencing a break-through in my health, we decided to make it permanent.
The people here have welcomed us with open arms, readily sharing not only their knowledge of living on the land, but their hearts as well.
Once our location was decided, we started saving like most don’t know how. And we began a land search that lasted for two years.
Finally, we found an acreage that fit. Today, we own 2.8 acres of bare, raw land. Our energies are currently focused on transforming the place into a small mountain farmstead. Starting with a house!
It’s been a wild journey, but we’re savoring it. Not only has it made a difference in my health, but we love the life we get to lead.
Hope for better living. That’s exactly what this traditional lifestyle has handed us. We’re very happy with our choice. And here on the blog, we share pieces of it with you! Our goal is to inspire you to lead a better life.
So welcome to Better Living! Pull up your bootstraps and climb on board. And then, grab hold of your hat, ’cause this good life makes for a wild ride!