Two days ago I had to stop more than once on my drive down to the local library to get some work done because there was a cow or horse in the way.  Then Davey and I started playing a little game – “You know you’re living in the bush when…”

So I thought I’d share some of them with you  🙂

  • You know you live in the bush when you can shower outside and not worry about who might see you.
  • You know you live in the bush when you have to dig a hole to empty the toilet.
  • You know you live in the bush when you haven’t seen another car pass your place for months.
  • You know you live in the bush when you have a shovel and gum boots in the back of the car for all the times you have to stop and fix the road.
  • You know you live in the bush when a cow is in the middle of the road to stop you to say hi.
  • You know you live in the bush when you love the sun coming out to give you power, and when it rains to give you water.
  • You know you live in the bush when you can pick up a bag of avocados, a pineapple, mushroom compost, etc from the front of someone’s place and pay by putting money in a tin or the letterbox.
  • You know you live in the bush when you have to wear a necklace with your details on it just in case because your phone doesn’t work.
  • You know you live in the bush when you need a 4WD to get home.
  • You know you live in the bush when you don’t need a leash to take your puppy for walkies.

  • You know you live in the bush when you can have a fire morning, noon and night and not worry about your neighbours complaining.
  • You know you live in the bush when you sneakily add your rubbish to other people’s bin because the garbage man can’t get to your place.
  • You know you live in the bush when you realise you have missed the Census!!
  • You know you live in the bush when you wave and smile to every person you drive past for the first 15 minutes of your journey.
  • You know you live in the bush when you get excited about a camp washing machine because it makes hand washing so much easier.
  • You know you live in the bush when you start picking up strangers on the side of the road who want a lift in to town and tell you stories about how they got stuck on the roof naked while trimming trees.

Well I didn’t expect the list to get this big but there you have it!  What are some of the things that represent where you live?

**Update 2017: As you’ll see from the date this was published, this was a few years ago now.  We no longer live this simply… but boy I love reminiscing about this time!  There is something so so special about being so connected to the earth, stars and sunshine to survive.  We had 1 solar panel, 1 water tank and no ammenities hooked up.  And we survived comfortably like this for a year.  We had 17 veggie patches going, showered outside and used a camp toilet, digging a whole a couple of times a week to empty it (not my job thankfully :).  If you’d like to learn more about living off the grid I’m always happy to chat about it so feel free to shoot me an email.  xx