Adventures in Country Living

About the BRB

The Big Red Barn is where Elizabeth and I (Justin) live in Southeast Minnesota outside the town of Winona. The nearly 3 acre parcel sits on the ridge near the Mississippi river tucked between valleys with flowing trout streams. We purchased this house and moved in on October 1st of 2010. The house is the original farmhouse for the property and was built in 1880 over the years several owners have taken care of this place and now it is our turn. We live here with our two cats Montana and Page as well as our German Shorthair (Lily) and our Boxer (Belle). Elizabeth and I saw the purchase of the Big Red Barn as a way to change our life in a drastic and meaningful way. This new life would include many hours spent outside working on projects to make us as self-sustaining as possible. Growing our own food, fixing our house, enjoying the free time we have together and making a home.

3 responses

  1. denisedthornton

    Thanks for commenting on my post today, which led me to your very cool blog.
    Looking forward to reading more and sharing your experience.
    I think it’s very interesting how many of us are using the latest electronic technology to get back to some basic life skills, don’t you?

    September 1, 2011 at 3:35 am

  2. Thank you Denise,

    Youtube.com has taught me so many skills over the past five years, everything from fly tying to canning to fixing the car. I’m encouraged to see so many others out there using and posting information for the rest of us who want to go search that information out. You have a very ambitious project across the river, good luck. I look forward to seeing the house come along in the next year or so.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

  3. crw

    how is the canning going i did as little as possible in the canning line but frose my fairshare good luck to you in your venture quite a task ahead of you

    September 10, 2011 at 12:14 am

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