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Wow, Elaine! Beautiful home with a wonderful view.

I can tell by looking at it that a lot of work is still involved in caring for it, but that is part of owning a home.

Blunt Force Trauma

Very nice home, Elaine! Thanks for sharing. I'm sure yours will last many years beyond the particle board and vinyl clad crap that dominates the modern subdivisions of North America that are artificially and overly/overtly-inflated in price.

I'm jealous that you can grow things, collect rainwater and do all sorts of things us citydwellers, due to draconian bylaws, cannot do. They raise a stink if you want to do something as simple as to use a clothesline to dry clothes after washing them for pete's sake. And that's just the neighbours.

Love the kitchen.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

I have six water collectors. They have wooden tops to them except for the one in the dog door photo. I was using that tub to put transplanted trees into while digging new holes for them.

The lids keep the water pure and clean, by the way! In some NY communities, people MUST use 'rain barrels' by law to prevent flooding! That was due to researchers figuring out how to do this safely.

Good lids are the biggest key to making these work.


What a beautiful dream to build your own independent lifestyle where you have freedom to think, do and love to your heart's content.

I think back 2000 years ago when families lived this type of independent lifestyle of love, faith and hard work.

Then the tax collectors came and demanded their money, animals or children. Pretty soon they were enticed into the Babylonian (wage slavery) market and the rest is history. 2000 years of perfecting this trick. As a builder of computer systems to scientifically manage and eliminate wage slavery I see how it works from the inside.

It pays well as we can see in this next article...

Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate

Kykuit is a preeminent Hudson Valley landmark. For architecture, remarkable gardens, art, history, and spectacular scenery, a trip to Kykuit is simply amazing.

This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. Now a historic site of the National Trust, this extraordinary landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained for almost 100 years.

Your tour will take you to the main rooms of the six-story stone house. Then you will move on through the expansive, terraced gardens containing Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's exceptional collection of 20th-century sculpture. Artists represented include Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, and David Smith, among many others. The private, underground art galleries with Governor Rockefeller's collection of Picasso tapestries, and the cavernous Coach Barn, with its collections of classic automobiles and horse-drawn carriages, are also part of the experience.

On each tour, your guide will share many stories that highlight the lives of Rockefeller family members and their contributions to philanthropy, conservation, business, government, and the arts.

Your choice of several tour options allows you to tailor a visit that appeals to your interests and your available time. Each tour begins at the Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor, where you'll board a shuttle bus for a short ride to the estate

Elaine Meinel Supkis

An estate built by servants. Yup.

Huge houses are a nightmare to maintain and run. I have run these. Yuck. My house is just the right size. And easy to run, actually. Unlike the house in the Rockefeller story.

Kevin McKern

Excellent Elaine. I have visited dozens of alternate homes in australia and it was a great thing to be invited on a virtual tour of yours. Fantastic work.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Thank you, Kevin. The funnest part about the house is the 12 doors we have. Locking up takes time, of course. But on nice days, all 12 doors are open and it is wonderful.

I never expected to have this happen. The doors are quite accidental.


Elaine, truly amazing! This and the next post embodies what I have always perceived and loved about the American spirit. You lived it. You built it. From the ground up. That takes a whole lot of LOVE. I am proud to be in the same genus as you.

I know a bit about construction, having participated in building two home's and a large 500,000 sq.ft. Center. But to do what you did almost single handedly has my respect.

If I may suggest, start writing a book on this, seriously. Title it, "YES YOU CAN". Spread the word to people on how to survive, how to build, how to source, how to keep hope. Tell them, tell me.

I would be surprised if it did not make the best seller list.


Thanks for sharing, Elaine. Your tractor appears to be a New Holland? (I opted for the Kubota, as I have had tremendous luck with all machinery that originates in Japan - including three Toyota trucks)

I also look forward to a great simple pleasure of mine: burning wood this winter. Although I did lock in at the bargain basement price of $2400 for 500 gallons of red-dyed diesel, to ensure that I have hot water..

Kind regards from 90 miles due east.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

The tractor is an old Ford from a farmer who died and his widow sold it to us. He also gave us his bee hives for free. The old farmers here abouts are wonderful people.


Thanks for the tour, Elaine. It looks very comfortable!

"But the deer and rabbits and woodchucks attack the gardens."

Something is eating my tomato plants - whatever-it-is bit the TOPS off 'em. The plants are staked and the damage is 3+ feet off the ground. Deer? Maybe if I lived nearer the park, but considering my location I doubt it. Any ideas?

Say Samuel

Dont the deer ever eat your lettuce? I know its on your porch, but dont they do ANYTHING for food???

Kathy Carbone

Ohh~ I'm loving the kitchen! The tiles gave it a diner feel, don't you agree? Not to mention the little dose of vintage from that oven you have there. Oh, by the way, you have a good taste for rugs. I like your style!

Rolf Matchen

That's one cozy home you have there. Homes like this are so close to nature and that makes them comfortable to live in. The view outside the house looks amazing, too. Oh, and it gets a ton of natural light through the windows as well.

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