This blog is about our travels in our solar powered "Airstream" and living off grid, in our passive solar home, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.

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Friday, 19 July 2013


When it's 34*C (93*F) outside I don't feel like turning the stove on to make a meal. I don't even feel like looking after the BBQ. It's just way too HOT!

So what's the solution? We could eat sandwiches and salads but I like a hot meal at least once a day.

Our solution is a slow cooker. We plug it in outside, no additional heat inside, and we don't have to be lifting the lid every 10 minutes.

The power for the cooker comes from these .........

..... our solar panels. 

We even added a .......................

...... rice cooker, so everything was done outside with very little contact from us.

Solar cooking, well the power came from the sun, that was converted by our panels and stored in our batteries. When you do this for lunch you can still go to bed with full batteries and a full stomach.

It is amazing. I just wish my grandmother could see how comfortable we live back in the bush off grid in Bancroft.

My grandparents homesteaded in Saskatchewan and although they were given 100 acres, life was very tough with the few tools they had available. There were no roads, just fabric tied to the bushes so you didn't lose your way. There were no power tools, no chain saws, no generators. 

They had a horse, a few hand tools and they were expected to clear the land, put up a house and raise the food needed to feed themselves and their animals. 

Life is different. Here I sit able to communicate with anyone anywhere as long as they an have internet connection. My grandmother didn't even have a party line (that's the old fashioned telephone system), it wasn't a dating service.

Have a great day and if you can read this, thank a teacher.


  1. Art and Mary you make everything sound wonderful and incorporating the struggles of our ancestors is a tender touch. YES we are so grateful for all we have today and realizing how you both have taken such a "green" approach to today's living is outstanding. Today when I heard on our local radio that your area near Bancroft was hit with high winds, rain and power outages I had chuckle knowing you would be safe and sound in your solar powered abode. Keep up the daily blogs, they are so meaningful. I hate it when you miss a day !!!!

  2. Hi Pat;

    Always good to hear from you. No wind damage here or power outages. Mary is in Toronto helping Sherri. She will be home today.