Simple-Earth is the creative writing brainchild project of Marlon van der Linde, created as an ever-evolving portal for all writing, documenting and information projects. The site serves as a regular outlet of blogs, journals and news but will also host more extensive compositions, stories and eventually videos.

Marlon is a free running, hard-working member of the general universe and dreams of being completely self-reliant to the point of producing food and rebuilding his environment to a large extent. After leaving the I.T sector after more than a decade of software development, he is now involved in many projects that affect everyone in a more substantial and environmental way. Simple-Earth contains many of these stories, so shuffle over and read them all.

Please bookmark this site, visit frequently, or even share your stories for your own credit. I would love to publish your stories with your permission, and where they are relevant to Simple-Earth. Information and knowledge is great, let’s not keep it bottled up.

Thank you for coming and see you around the corner.

Topics and Fields

The primary focus of the site is to document and expose. The majority of posts will pertain to the following:
Permaculture. Subsistence farming. Regenerative agriculture. Growing food. Raising animals. Reducing, re-using and recycling. Composting. Eating healthier. Working for your own gains. Improving the lives of your communities. Spending less; having more. Feeling better. Property, Land, Soils, Vehicles, Pollution, Failing and trying again.

As I am also an avid survivalist, bushcraft camper, outdoors lover and dreamer, the Adv(enture) section will contain posts about adventure riding (a form of biking) and camping, or a combination of the two. Motocamping is an ideal way of exploring lesser travelled roads (or even untravelled places) with minimum kit , using a motorcycle, care, attention and respect. I don’t do glamping (unless there aren’t any choices) so the kits I (we) carry on our bikes, contain everything from medical kits, to food prep and water filtration. Going everywhere, slowly.

Technical Details

This site is powered by WordPress and uses various customisations and plugins to perform its duties. It’s meant to be readable and easy to use on PC and mobile devices. If you find this to be a problem, contact me.
We use the following pre-loaded Google Fonts: Annie Use Your Telescope, Lato and Mitr. The Simple-Earth Fruit Sphere Logo is copyright and Marlon van der Linde. All Images are copyright protected, unless otherwise stated.

About Marlon

Marlon is an ex-(at this stage) software developer, who always knew that something was amiss in the system. Unhappy with the grind, working to live, paying tax and getting nothing back but crime and broken things in the world, he set out with his wife/life-mate Alexia, to find something better. For years they have worked at building up relationships and learning skills to become subsistent. Having spent time in the Karoo gave them the motivation and knowledge to build the tiny farm they live at present, which is almost 100% off-grid. Times are tougher, and income is limited, but theres more time for life, more freedom and even better time ahead.

Between it all, Marlon makes time to do advriding (adventure riding). This is a style of riding that usually happens on dual-sport motorbikes, with the purpose of exploring and adventuring. Marlon’s bike is a small CRF250L, equipped with everything needed to survive anywhere. Water filtration, sleeping, food and sanitary gear included.

Marlon spent the last 15 years doing serious photography, but needed a break from this for several personal reasons. The only creative work he now dabbles in, is’s content, random nature photography (using cheap equipment) and a bit of video using his DJI Osmo Pocket. He is also an avid drone pilot, trying to get good images of the karoo and nearby forests and mountains and promotes safe and responsible drone flying in hopes of protecting this misunderstood and critical hobby/activity.

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