I haven’t been eaten by bears. Ever.
That’s me in my pj pants.
I traded in my SoHo Community Association President position for a homesteaders hat and moved from the heart of London, Ontario to the middle of an Ontario Near North forest. My dreams of living off the grid and in the woods has finally come true and I couldn’t be happier. We haven’t found the perfect name for the property yet, but a friend cleverly suggested Cherwood Forest (My name is Cheri) and for now, that’s the name I’ll use. 🙂
Cherwood Forest is a 50 acre (that’s 660 ft by 3300ft ish) forest in a region of Ontario, Canada; known as Near North. We’re in a township of only 800 people spread out over almost 300 km. Our property is at the end of a road, just before it turns into a snowmobile and ATV trail. We’re 10 km from the nearest hydro pole and in a part of the forest that doesn’t show to have been logged . With the exception of a handful of bunkies and hunt camps, all around us is forest and lakes, Crown Land and Conservation Reserves. It’s bear, deer and moose country. It’s perfect. We got the property at the end of July 2016 and so far, I have never been eaten by a bear. The bears in these parts aren’t really interested in people, which is handy. Folks in town say 10 hunters from the camp just around the corner, went out on opening day for the bear hunt and got 8 in the first half hour. I’ve seen the tracks on the property but haven’t seen one myself, and I’m ok with that. There’s lots of other wildlife on the property and the largest variety of fungi I have ever seen. An undisturbed forest is an amazing thing to observe.
A 28 ft trailer (older than my adult kids) has been home for the summer but a 100 sq ft bunkie is being built as I write this and will be ready by winter, and my new home! I chose a spot in the woods about 150 ft from our half acre clearing and made a path to the spot. I’ve got so much more to tell you about all that in my future blog posts and lots of pictures to share.
This land isn’t my dream just because I take my tree hugging seriously; there’s grown up reasons, too. This forest will provide us with housing security, food security (down the road) and firewood for heat. The forest around us provides mental and physical health benefits beyond what we can even comprehend. My income level was frozen when my long term disability started making payments after my brain injury and bipolar disorder diagnosis. Since that day I’ve received a monthly amount of 60 % of what I was paid in 2003. It will never be increased. I can assure you that 100% of my income in 2003 wasn’t even enough, so living off 60% of that has been fairly ridiculous. Having lived in poverty since 2003, many years of that very sick, a single mother… I’ve been through plenty of desperate situations. I guess that’s why living in a tiny home in a big forest, with rooms for gardens and lifestock, really appeals to me… although it always has. Need less stuff you’ll need less money.
There’s a million more things that I want to share with you but I only have internet access when I head to our Wasaga Beach house, every 2 weeks. I’m working on that! I hope you’ll check in once in a while to see what kind of adventures I’m up to!
Stay tuned for more adventures!