So, we were tooling around the other day, just getting some fresh air and soaking up the sunshine, and I happened to see this loverly, restored, sheep herders wagon, parked in the yard of a local ranching family. These wagons aren't an uncommon sight in this neck of the woods, but most aren't as meticulously restored as this shining example.
The “Tiny House” movement is such a big whoop-dee-doo right now, and it just kind of made me laugh to think it is such a new concept! Gosh, these sheep herders wagons have been around for, probably, 150 years or so; and before that, in European countries, the Gypsies had little house wagons that were probably what the sheep herders wagons in the U.S. were modeled after.
They were the ultimate in compact living back in the day.
This one has been somewhat modernized with rubber tires.
Boy, you'd sure have some black and blue shins after making that bed!
They contained darn near everything you depended on in a regular house, short of indoor plumbing.
The newer tiny houses that are being built presently do have some terrific storage ideas and modern conveniences that our generation demands, because in this day and age we have so much more stuff. When you think about a sheep herder, living out in the sticks, he probably needed the clothes on his back, and maybe one spare pair in case he absolutely had to break down and wash his duds. Enough food to last he and his dog a month or two (time dependent on however long the grass would hold out in the area for the number of sheep he was tending). A few cooking utensils. Soap and a straight edged razor, if he was so inclined (I think most were not terribly concerned about hygiene – who was around to impress?). A gun to ward off predators. Probably a rudimentary first-aid kit, most assuredly containing a good sized bottle of the most affordable whiskey for medicinal purposes. A lantern, and maybe a book or two, or a deck of cards for a game of solitaire, to while away the time.
They were of good enough design that there are modern copycat versions that can be purchased today.
As time went on and folks started camping for enjoyment, camp trailers were designed with more conveniences in mind for families. Now, those little trailers are about worth their weight in gold. They are kind of a trend right now.
We have a little 12 foot camp trailer that Bruce got a heck of a deal on (of course he did, he's been under excruciating financial training since we've been married 🙂 ) that he bought long before we ever knew we'd have a cabin. It's better than sleeping on the ground for sure, but it really takes some adjusting to maneuver around in, and quite a lot of flopping and tossing to get comfortable to sleep. But there are a lot of folks that fix them up cute as doll houses, and commence to travel a far piece with them. I've read several articles about these “Sisters on the Fly”, and they don't let any grass grow under their feet! They travel all over, convoy style, with their little trailers, and have gotten semi-famous for their efforts!
Folks are pretty innovative when it comes to home-made versions. They run the gamut from soup to nuts size wise.
The oversized deluxe version. I wouldn't be surprised if they have a guest suite in there by the looks of it!
This itty-bitty coffin sized model is a smidge too compact for me!
You could probably have someone in for a cup of coffe in this one!
Even one just the right size for your best pal! (Not really for towing, just for cute!)
Anyhoo, I say more power to anybody that is a proponent of the Tiny House movement. I think it is a wonderful thing if one is able to be less materialistic and can manage in a miniature space. Personally, I like a little more space to mosey around in! But the concept of living small is fascinating, and has sure been around for a long time!