I’m just a modern girl who gets a kick out of living an old fashion lifestyle. I am a native Southern Californian, and a graduate of CSULB. Always creative with a passion for gardening, my husband and I started out 1987 with an unimproved World War II era house on a postage stamp sized lot, and slowly transformed the yard into a small scale victory garden and simple vintage home. Along the way, I have been picking up a lot of hobbies that have assisted in the transformation including raising chickens, canning, soap making, home improvement skills, and plant propagation, just to name a few.
After college, I somehow managed to get planted in a big city with the man I love, and now because there are so many good people in our lives here and tons of urban conveniences, we are staying put for awhile longer. I keep busy volunteering with SoCal Harvest, Scouts, at our church, and the kids schools. I dream of one day owning a hobby farm, but right now, our little piece of land is the best place to raise our two kids with many friendly neighbors and (at last count) 26 children on our block.
I have been passionate about organic gardening and permaculture since before buying our current home. I love science, science fiction, retro home improvement, the middle ages and renaissance, vintage styles from the 1940’s and 1950’s, camping, arts and crafts, and pretty much anything to do with the outdoors or history. Here at my Hanbury House blog, you will probably read about it all.