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    Hello from sunny California

    Dear simple living community,

    Let me introduce myself! I am Thomas. I live in California and work as a history teacher at local high school. I love my job, but do not feel happy about this modern lifestyle trend - hence, I would like to find some reasonable piece of land somewhere (not in Cali) and start living from scratch. Start living simply...that's why I have joined this forum.

    So, let me get into some frugal discussions with you .

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    Great! Nice to meet you, thomasd! Looking forward to hearing more about your simple living journey!
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    Welcome! I'm looking forward to seeing your process for simplifying. What have you done so far to get the wheels turning?
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    Welcome, thomasd!

    I see you teach history. I consume lots of historical books and documentaries, but I like to think the best is yet to come. (We will know the future is better, because we have some history to compare it to!)

    Up in the upper right corner on your screen is a search box for this forum. You can look up what has been discussed here (historically) by typing in anything from aardvark to zygote.

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    Thank you all for warm welcome and reassuring words .

    Well, Steve, so far I have joined this forum and started to look into my possibilities - e.g. research some suitable locations where I could get some bee hives and start a permaculture garden. I am also looking into going off-grid with some solar PV setup - a factor that affect the choice of location as well.

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    Do you know by any chance how to upload a profile photo? It announces me that the upload has failed repeatedly. Is it because my profile pic is too big?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasd View Post
    Do you know by any chance how to upload a profile photo? It announces me that the upload has failed repeatedly. Is it because my profile pic is too big?
    It could be that the file is too big; in light type near where you add the picture it says
    The maximum size of your custom image is 80 by 80 pixels or 19.5 KB (whichever is smaller)
    But if you know your file is smaller than that, there may be a restriction around the number of posts you have made. If you've checked the file size and it's okay, it's probably best to ask one of the Moderators here why it's not working.
    If Americans expended even a fraction of the energy on civic engagement that we spend on consumer ideology, our democracy would be much healthier. Can you imagine people camping out to vote? -- Charles Roberts, Amherst, Mass., Nov. 25, 2006

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    Welcome Thomasd!
    It will be fun to watch your journey if you make some big changes in your life. Have you researched the bees much? We use to have bee hives on the farm I grew up on and the bee partner fell in ill health and abandoned the project. The honey was so good and we've missed it these past few years. We're currently got a neighbor doing a few hive traps to move the remaining bees into new hives and we hope to be back in bee business. We like the easy side of it; providing the hives, land, variety of food plants and water sources (creeks and ponds) and reaping the benefits of setting out jars by the patio and magically having them replaced with clean jars of honey by the beekeeper.
    Float On: My "Happy Place" is on my little kayak in the coves of Table Rock Lake.

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    A while back I was in the Stockton area, and noticed the almond groves ... beehives in every one. Are you located near agricultural producers who might permit you access to their land to experiment with hives, bees and apiary practices? I see that you are thinking elsewhere than California for a final destination. I wonder if perhaps you could make your first thousand beekeeping mistakes in CA, while you have a regular salary from teaching to offset any losses. My old Dad used to say, Don't be embarrassed to make your first thousand mistakes. You gotta make them. Then you can get started on your next thousand!

    I don't know if your regional/local beekeepers association is as generous as say, Blount County Beekeepers in Tennessee (which grants equipment and bees to new beekeepers and pays for their inspections)... but I note that the Mount Diablo Beekeepers in California have a mentorship program going, and it looks like honey extraction equipment can be rented from the association on a daily basis by their members. Maybe Mt Diablo is typical.

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    I love that, Dado! Sounds like your Dad was a wise man.
    Welcome, Thomas. We live on a small suburban lot, but if we had more space, I would love to try beekeeping. I look forward to hearing about your journey.

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