Living in a shack in the woods.


Living in a shack in the woods.

I wonder what stories, the picture above could tell, who build it, who lived in it, were there any children?

So many questions.

Could you live in a shack in the woods for the rest of your life?

Yes, many would think it’s a state of bliss, “Paradise”.

Away from the hustle and bustle of living in a concrete jungle, noise, pollution yes and the rat race keeping up with the jones.

No modern conveniences, flush toilet, shower, running water, most likely no power, telephone, TV, computer, (no texting) that’s a hard one for the average modern family.

Just think of all the work, getting your food, growing your garden, keeping away the pests that destroy all your food.

Preparing for some warmth in the winter, chopping all that wood.

It not a simple thing living in a shack in the woods you would need to buy land, you just can’t squat these days on any one’s land.

Do you think you could do it as our ancestors did?

Please comment, love to know your thought’s

23 thoughts on “Living in a shack in the woods.

  1. Hummm. I have, at one point in my life, lived in that “shack” in the woods. I was very much younger and very fit then. Not even 20. I had a garden. Did a lot of canning for winter and dried herbs from the garden for seasoning. (I still grow and dry herbs.) The cabin smelled lovely when I had the bundles of herbs dangling from the ceiling to dry. No power, no running water, no TV or phone (cell phones/internet didn’t exist at that time), no refrigeration, wood stove for heat, no neighbors closer than 5 – 6 miles away. I didn’t consider it at all difficult even though, when I remember it fondly now, it was a lot of hard work. Very peaceful and quiet. No company except for the five sled dogs I had for company and transportation come the snowy season. I know the meaning of a 2 dog night. 🙂 Not an easy life and certainly not easy at my present age.

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    • Thanks for your reply, you have lived the life of a bushy, (if that’s what I can call it), it definitely is a hard way to survive. It looks as though dogs have never left your life, even in your early years for transportation, I would have loved that back in my earlier years also, especially the sledge dogs working in the snow. I wonder how many would live that way of life today?
      Maybe I will hear from someone that is, most likely not as they wouldn’t be reading this comment.


  2. It sounds a bit like living on a boat! We have to fetch our water in several trips with large contsiners, or find a hose. Sometimes the gas runs out. It’s not a conventional toilet. We usually don’t have a good wifi or phone connection. We have to was laundry in a bucket. We are often a long way from any convenience store. There are lots of good bits though. There must be, or we wouldn’t do it….

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    • Yes, it would be like living in a boat, I don’t think I could cope with that,(sea sickness would get me).
      Do you still go on boat trips and stay away overnight or longer?


  3. I can think of no other response than ” I would hate it” . Why? Because there is absolutely nothing about it that appeals. I love technology, love my home comforts and can switch of from rat race very easily……….of course being retired does help!

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  4. I lived in an old hunters shack on some of my free weekends during a 24 year period as an escape from my job. Wanted to be there more often but few friends could handle the challenge of it being so rustic…which it was…and that’s a whole other story.

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  5. Dear Kiwinana,
    Here is the book your picture instantly made me think of. It is one of the most influential book I’ve ever read and it still sticks with me and inspires me on a regular basis. I urge you to read it and tell me what you thought about it! The book is called “The wall” written by Marlen Haushofer. Enjoy!

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  6. I just checked out the book “The Wall” on Amazon, I will certainly be looking for it when next in town. Just a little about it in case someone else would like to read it also- It tells of a woman vacationing in a remote mountain hunting lodge who survives an unexplained catastrophe in which (almost) all the rest of the human world perishes. Imprisoned on the mountainside by an invisible wall, the unnamed narrator recounts her struggle to survive and her attempt to discover the essence of her own personality, femininity, and humanity.
    Thanks for that, looking forward to reading it

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  7. That would be great if you could find all those things available in the woods.
    Where I live in East Taranaki NZ, we don’t even have cell phone coverage, but what you don’t have you never miss it.Twenty km’s to a little grocery store, mail delivering five days a week and we don’t even live in a shack in the woods, but I love it, nearest neighbor 2 km’s away, very private.
    Once again I had to smile and even read what you said to my husband, he smile also.
    All good, nice and happy.


  8. Lovely picture, and so serene. But I couldn’t do it. If this hut had all the mod-cons of modern life, it would be perfect. Ramble in the woods, enjoying nature, then straight back to the house to pop it on Facebook, and take a look warm bath with water from the tap. 🙂

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  9. Yes, for sure all the things we have come to accept in our busy lives it would be hard to do without them, so we may have to just have a ramble through the woods and return home to our luxuries.
    Happy thought’s.

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  10. Heading out Monday by car to PEI for a week. We will have electricity, wood stove, no water, no phone, no internet nor TV. But will be in a delightful isolated corner of Canada with my cat, my daughter-in-law- and her 2 Great Danes! There are 2 snowstorms forecast, but we will be painting, doing yoga, running the dogs and enjoying the silence and stars!

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    • I can see you are looking forward to this trip. Hope the snowstorms aren’t too bad and you don’t get locked up in your hut for days, but that fun, that’s a true break away from the hustle and bustle of living life these days. Enjoy your break under the stars, let us know how you got on when you return.

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  11. Yes, I most definitely could live in a shack in the woods, way out in the middle of nowhere. I have had quite enough of particular styles of neighbors that keep me from enjoying my own yard. I would, however, need to have indoor plumbing and, because of our health situations, we would need air conditioning. Electricity can be had with solar and wind power, so no worries there.

    It is my goal to some day have our own home out in the boonies and I can’t wait to get there!
    Have a blessed day. 🙂


    • Thanks for commenting once again.
      My husband and I have lived out in the bush country for the last fifteen years, we are in the process of trying to sell it, as our health isn’t the best.
      We bought a home in Waitara Taranaki NZ seven months ago, we are enjoying it now, but it took awhile settling in.
      After reading your comment I have got homesick for my bush home.
      Here’s a link to my bush home.

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      • You’re welcome. Our plans had been to move to Australia after David (my husband) graduated from college way back in 1984. However, the job he had been promised fell through, so we stayed in South Carolina (US). Now, we live on the Texas Gulf Coast.
        I am glad that you are enjoying your new home. New Zealand is a beautiful place. I’ve only ever seen it in pictures. I understand about missing your old home, though. I miss South Carolina very much and hope to go back there some day, if only for a visit.
        I visited the link that you shared. One of the plants that you mentioned in that post, the Albizzia julibrissin, we have in our yard here in Texas. They are called “mimosa” here. Ours doesn’t flower as much as many others around I’ve seen. Ours are under a huge oak tree. The really flowery ones are in full sun.
        Best wishes on the sale of your bush home, if selling it is really what you want to do. I’m sorry that you and your husband are in poor health. It is the same for me and David. You’re in my prayers. Have a blessed day.


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