How nice to read a positive viewpoint of your lifestyle for a change.
Thank you for sharing this article, I enjoyed it very much. I love reading about you and your husband. The two of you are courageous in your endeavor to experience and understand our past. The wonderful thing about it is your willingness to share your knowledge and findings of this amazing time of human history. Yes, there was much discord in many issues at that time as there are today, but as you stated," The nineteenth century gave birth to the twentieth century and is the Grandmother of the twenty first century", which in return allows the people of this amazing century to have their cell phones, computers, internet, game consoles and so much more. I also must say that the two of you are not trying to convert anyone to your lifestyle, but encourage all to live a life that makes them happy and that is fulfilling. I wish all a wonderful and health life. Veronica
I just stumbled upon your blog and i'm so glad i did! I've been reading posts for the last 3 hours and thought perhaps one of the newest ones would be best to comment on. As someone whos interested in living in a different time(1950s wooo!) It makes me hopeful when i read your posts that i'll actually be able to do it! I feel like im going to lose it when i finally kick the dishwasher and dryer but if you can do it, i can too! Thank you for being a somewhat tangible rolemodel to me!
I'm so sorry that I missed you when you were in Friday Harbor last month. I have lived for the last 40+ years on one of the remote non ferry served island of the San Juans in a house built in 1900 using mostly technology from the 19th century and early 20th century. It's a mixture, choosing from 3 centuries to find what works for us. We cook and heat and heat hot water from our 20th century Amish cookstove, raise most of our own food and sell at the Friday Harbor Farmers Market. Until the invention of the solar panel all our light was from kerosene lamps and candles. Our decision to move to electric off the grid lighting was more a matter of wanting to reduce our fossil fuel use than wanting to be more modern. We still bath on the back porch to candle light. I've always been attracted to Victorian clothing, have said many times that although I may be politically mostly a 20th century women I am sartorially a Victorian. So...I just order my first corset. I've thought about it for years but didn't really now anything about corsets until I read Victorian Secrets. Thank you for enlightening me.
I hope to run into you and your husband somewhere. I will keep my eyes open for opportunities.
(Known around Port Townsend as "The Victorian Lady"
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