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Martin Parmer

A Simpler Life By Martin Parmer I’m a preacher’s son and my wife is a deacon’s daughter. We were raised in the foothills of northwest Georgia. We’ve been married 32 years and have a son and a daughter (both now married) and a granddaughter and a grandson. We love being in nature, ...

Mountain Night

As our children grew old enough to look after themselves for a few hours, my wife and I began a routine of going out on Saturday night for a date night and some “us” time. This has now been going on for over a decade. We both look forward to this time and rarely miss a week. We feel like ...

Downsizing Our Stuff

Our journey to a homestead has continued in earnest lately. Our primary focus right now is preparing our current home to be sold. There are many small projects to do, like patching sheet rock, painting, and replacing broken floor tiles. But the one project that we’ve really been focusing on ...

Land

My dad was a minister. When I was very small, we owned 40 acres in Troupe Co. Georgia. I remember a couple of things about the old farm. He had issues with our cows getting sick. I think they called it “Black Leg”. Also, we owned an old mule named “Jack”. My oldest brother actually ...

Dragging Poles, Encroachment and Native Azaleas

When you clear a lot of trees, large or small, it’s a lot of work. When you have little or no equipment, it’s even more work. This past weekend, we finally had a day to go work on our little 5 acre property. We’ve had a really busy spring (check out my blog Grandchildren, Vacation, ...

Grandchildren, Vacation, Retirement and Graduation

We haven’t worked on our land now for over a month. It’s amazing at the things life can throw at you. I spent the winter planning and dreaming about the work I would get done once the weather got better. It certainly makes sense to do as much as one can before the hot summertime gets here. ...

Pinto Beans and Cornbread

Although my wife and I are fortunate enough to have many choices, sometimes we just want a batch of pinto beans and cornbread. (A slice of raw onion, on the side, of course is included). If you’re not from the South, perhaps you weren’t raised on this meal as we were but let me tell you, ...

Heavy Logs

When we visit our 5 acres in Alabama, there’s no mystery about why we are there. We are there to work. We are there to improve the land, and clear the area for our driveway and homesite. We call it “the clearing”, referring to the specific 130 foot by 150 foot area where we intend to ...

We’ve Always Known

We always wanted land on which to build a homestead. But then, some stuff happened:Decades of work and learning, Trying to build a career, make money and raise a family, Working in gardening, eating fresh vegetables (too much most of the time), Loving the smell of freshly tilled soil, the ...

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