See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America
I'm a country girl myself. My great grand's house had been outfitted with electricity and running water by the time I came along, but right up the path my grandad still had to get well water and the bathroom consisting of a room with a big metal tin for bathing in (with a chamberpot for the nightly bathroom trips) and an outhouse.
So the planting, harvest, totting water to and fro, preserving and pickling, tending animals- I watched and knew how all that w ...more
I really enjoyed this book. The premise is t ...more
Damn, I like this book.
It’s not even the 1900 stuff that’s most interesting, although it is. (Their son is still in diapers when they start the project, brave souls.) It’s the interaction with his neighbors, this getting along with people that would sooner poke their e ...more
Sound romantic, maybe even idyllic? Reality soon roosts with the chickens, forcing the Wards to face 1900 – and themselves –sans starry-eyed blinders: “Not on ...more
There are things Logan and Heather (his wife) did that I wouldn't even have thought of - like hmm, using a porta-potty, but having enou ...more
You can imagine then, that a good ‘drop out’ book would be the perfect thing for me to read this year. And I found it in Logan Ward’s See You in a Hundred Years: Fou ...more
They decided that “If it didn’t exist in 1900, we will do without. And that me ...more
In the beginning of their year in 1900, everything focused on food...growing the food, harvesting the food, preserving the food...it was all consuming. I really enjoyed reading about their Thanksgiving and how they ...more
The first part of their "experimen ...more
This was an engaging read, but left me wanting more detail. What was it like to wash diapers by hand with no running water? How was the transition from e-mailing every day to writing letters by hand? Was it miserable to use the outhouse in the middle of winter?
These are the details that I wanted but ...more
See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America, by Logan Ward, is a charming and intriguing contribution to the growing genre of "yuppies back to the land" memoirs. It tells the story of the decision by the author and his wife to not only move to a small farm in a rural area, but make their livings on that farm using only technology from the late 19th Century: no electricity, no cars, no telephone, and no gas or electric farm machinery.
Like many people who have made similar (thoug...more
I think I could do this if I *had* to, and I think most of it is very very appealing, but I wouldn't like using chamber pots and an outhouse AT ALL. I would miss tampons and real pads (with wings! No rags pinned in there for me!) more than I can say.
Otherwise, I th ...more
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This book made me realize that we create a l ...more
I do wish there was a bit more follow up to the book. What changed in them after they came back to the new century? The stories are funny and help to ...more