Vela Creations is an in-depth resource for off grid living. The site documents our research and experiences, hoping that they might help others interested in pursuing this lifestyle. This blog is designed to document our day to day experiences as we build our new, sustainable homestead. If you are interested in seeing more photos and videos, we have a flickr account at the following url:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Edward Young

"Read nature; nature is a friend to truth." - Edward Young

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thomas Hood

"I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence." - Thomas Hood

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gustave Flaubert

"I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings." - Gustave Flaubert

Saturday, September 27, 2014

John Donne

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." - John Donne

Friday, September 26, 2014

Benjamin Disraeli

"Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness." - Benjamin Disraeli

Thursday, September 25, 2014

William Allingham

"Autumn's the mellow time." - William Allingham

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


"Our nature is the mind. And the mind is our nature." - Bodhidharma

Monday, September 22, 2014

Alan Hovhaness

"I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God." - Alan Hovhaness

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hosea Ballou

"Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature." - Hosea Ballou

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Georg Trakl

"I drank the silence of God from a spring in the woods." - Georg Trakl

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ellsworth Huntington

"America forms the longest and straightest bone in the earth's skeleton." - Ellsworth Huntington

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Claude Monet

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." - Claude Monet

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday, September 15, 2014

Francis Bacon

"Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished." - Francis Bacon

September '14

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Joseph Joubert

"When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees." - Joseph Joubert

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Henry Ward Beecher

"The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy." - Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, September 12, 2014

Zora Neale Hurston

"The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor." - Zora Neale Hurston

Thursday, September 11, 2014


"Nature does nothing in vain." - Aristotle

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

W. H. Auden

"'Healing,' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'" - W. H. Auden

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


"The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase these things with money." - Plautus

Monday, September 8, 2014

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Alfred Lord Tennyson

"And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Isaac Bashevis Singer

"What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it." - Isaac Bashevis Singer

Friday, September 5, 2014

Archibald Alexander

"Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it." - Archibald Alexander

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Charles Baudelaire

"Nature... is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest." - Charles Baudelaire

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nicolaus Copernicus

"Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars." - Nicolaus Copernicus

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ken Kesey

"There's something about taking a plow and breaking new ground. It gives you energy." - Ken Kesey

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