Jay and I are reading a book right now (we like the same kind of books and it was just easier to read together than read over the other’s shoulder) by Linda Greenlaw of The Perfect Storm fame, about her life on “a very small island”. Jay and I have always envisioned ourselves living on an island and our conversations on the topic have reignited while reading this book. The less people the better, we figure, even if it were just the two of us, plus the cats and Sniffdog, obviously, for company and entertainment. The peace, solitude, and freedom sound ideal to us. Running around naked, living off the land, free to be ridiculous. But I realized, when it comes down to it, we basically do that already on this place we call a farm that is located just west of the middle of nowhere.
Although it would be fabulous if we needed a boat to get here, we do need to drive quite a hefty distance (about 45 minutes) from the nearest town where our mail is delivered and beer is bought. The journey even comes with dangerous animals to avoid, though they have legs and not fins.
We hunt for our meat (and by “we” I mean “not me”) and scavenge for fruits and vegetables in the wilds of the garden (but I am learning wild edible things). Fresh water is up to us to haul out of the ground and we are not hooked up to an outside source of electricity. Solar panels and a generator, though not homemade, power our fridge and computer.
Occasions do pop up when we run around naked. Usually when it is very hot and the farm workers have (hopefully) left for home. In fact, we would probably be naked more often if it were considered an acceptable form of attire and would not frighten the people who have to work with us. Our ridiculousness is also reigned in as to not lose all respect of the staff, although I’m quite sure they already think I am completely weird, like when they catch me talking to the cats.
Sometimes we even get time when it is just the two of us, no sounds or sights of other people. We are surrounded by our animals, with a beer in hand, as the sun is leaving for other parts of the world. It is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been or can imagine.
So while our farm is fairly remote, private, and serene, I would not be upset if a big, fat body of water were to take up residence at the edge of it. It would be swell indeed to run for beer in a trusty lil’ sailboat.
I think I’ll have to keep dreaming on that one.