There is nothing like seeing how folks lived in the “Old Days” to get ideas that are useful today for living more sustainably. In our society we’ve lost the ability to be sustainable, but we can learn it again if we are diligent.
Last week Silver Oak and I celebrated our 20th anniversary by visiting nearby historical sites. Then on Saturday our family attended an annual Heritage Festival, with lots of demonstrations of the “Old Ways.” I want to highlight some things we saw and learned more about.
I’ve greatly enjoyed learning to know others who are already traveling some of the same paths we are, and I want to thank these gals for their wonderful encouragement. Take a look at their blogs to find many ideas about living sustainably.
Now for some thoughts about the “Old Ways.”
A homestead’s most important natural resource is water. Beside the mansion is a large reservoir for catching rainwater. Florida well water is usually hard, so minerals will not readily penetrate the soil. Rainwater, however, is naturally soft, so is well suited for irrigation. In our future plans a rainwater reservoir should possibly be just as important as (if not more than) a well.
This historic schoolhouse is being restored. It’s extra special because my 97-year-old grandpa used to attend church in this old building with his family when he was young. His youngest brother attended school in it (sorry about the bad picture).
So much to learn! So much to do! God bless your journey toward sustainability and have a great weekend!
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