Living Off the Grid: Dream or Nightmare?


Our log home on Bagpipe Lake, Nova Scotia

Our log home on Bagpipe Lake, Nova Scotia - photo by Manuela Mueller

Well, as there are so many different opinions and definitions, let me keep it simple and go with an example I can relate to and therefore explain best what I mean.

We moved back to Nova Scotia after living up far North in Sweden with one of those things on our bucket list “to build our own log home in the middle of the woods on a lake”.

The 50-acre lot on a little lake with the closest neighbour about 5 km away and only a rugged, winding path through the woods and a little bridge that hardly held the weight of our truck was found and deemed suitable for our new challenge, and I’m sure up to this point it really sounds like a dream come true.

And now, five years later, sitting in my recliner writing this post, things are really not bad at all. But, yes, of course, there’s always a “but”, this life comes at a price and it’ll never be an easy way of living out here. Oh, and I’m not writing this to complain or whine … it’s just that although we really were aware upfront and very honest to ourselves what to expect and how much we could “deliver” to this project, physically, mentally and financially, it was a lot tougher, in ways we hadn’t imagined, than we’d expected.

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