Brian & Gabi Kinney
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  • We paid a visit to the @keywestgarden to check out some beautiful Florida Keys flora and fauna. I will never get over how pretty it is here. It just makes me smile. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒต
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Our tour came complete with a waterfall wall, colorful seed pods, neat old Cuban chugs and absolutely stunning Cuban palms. ๐Ÿ˜
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A great way to spend a day if you're ever in Key West. ๐Ÿ‘Œ
  • My husband sure does make pretty food when he is inspired. ๐Ÿ˜
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And it's hard not to be inspired when there is Florida Keys lobster all around. ๐Ÿฆ
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Here we have homemade ceviche with lobster tail, avocado, tomato and mango. Uh, yum. ๐Ÿคค
  • We finally had time to check out the famed home of one of Key West's most celebrated inhabitants. The Ernest Hemingway House is everything you'd expect from the dashingly rugged writer. Not very glamorous or overly ornate - rather charming and very Key West. ๐Ÿซ
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And of course, we mustn't forget the famous six-toed descendents of the original Hemingway cat. Proceeds from the price of admission goes toward the care of these kitties, as well as the upkeep of the house. ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ’•
  • If you haven't noticed from some of our posts, we love seafood. Well - all food - but seafood holds a special place, as does the sea. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒŠ
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In fact, the notion of living the sailboat life after this RV life is always sitting at the back of our minds - but that is for another time. โ›ต
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For now, we just reap the benefits of having a generous neighbor in the Keys who is kind enough to share his bounty of stone crab claws. ๐Ÿฆ€
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And we've discovered a new favorite condiment in this Floribbean Key Lime Mustard sauce - an absolute must when eating stone crab. Serious yum - lucky for us, they ship. ๐Ÿ˜‹
  • Saturday night surf 'n turf. ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฅฉ
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Good food. Good wine. Great people. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ’–
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Full bellies. Full hearts. Live music, to boot. ๐ŸŽถ
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Pineapple banana papaya bundt cake a la Brian for the win. ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ™Œ
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Off to bed. Sweet dreams. ๐Ÿ˜ด
  • Good morning, folks!
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I sure will miss these Florida sunrises and sunsets. ๐ŸŒ… They steal your breath every time.
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But the chance to see sunrises and sunsets from places all over the country makes my heart flutter just a little. ๐Ÿ’–
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I hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday. I will be working, but that's okay - I enjoy my job. ๐Ÿค—
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We are Brian and Gabi Kinney. Our little family consists of the two of us and our two small dogs, Shorty and Lily. Our backgrounds are in small businesses involving photography, gardening and construction. We enjoy growing, making and preserving our own food. Weโ€™ve been DIYers for several years, at times to satisfy curiosity (can we do it?), but often out of necessity.

We love to learn new skills and we enjoy sharing that learning with others. As small business owners, weโ€™ve encountered many people in our community whoโ€™ve poured their energy and heart into crafting, creating and perfecting their product(s), whether it be kombucha, soaps or beer. Weโ€™ve come to admire these people and seek to learn from them, to understand their process and discover what drives them. In turn, we hope to gain valuable life skills that will allow us to become self-sustaining, to depend less on the commercial world of large corporations and share what weโ€™ve learned with you.

SUCCESS IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION. THE DOING IS OFTEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE OUTCOME.
Arthur Ashe

We want to return to a time of local craftsmen providing services for members in the community, not some faceless corporation far away. We want to enable people to create for themselves and their families.ย 

Like growing your own food in an urban apartment. Baking a fresh loaf of your own sourdough for dinner. Sharing a bottle of wine with your friends that you picked, fermented and bottled. These are the small things that you can do to take you away from the consumer-driven economy, create something wonderful and share it with friends and family.

Join our Journeymanโ€™s waltz through some of the most exciting ways craftsmen and food producers all over the world are changing their communities.

Why โ€œModern Journeymenโ€?

When we were trying to come up with a name for this blog, we went through what felt like hundreds of ideas over the course of several weeks. We wanted something that would cover all aspects of what we plan to do; a sort of mashup of homesteading, traveling & apprenticing.

We came across the term โ€œjourneymanโ€ (thanks Mr. English) and when we learned the meaning of the term, it seemed to fit everything we hope to accomplish here.

A journeyman is a skilled worker who apprentices with other craftsmen on a day by day basis, building their trade and craft.

The term, much like the skills we want to learn and share, has fallen out of everyday use. This made it even more appealing as a title since we are attempting a kind of resurgence of forgotten knowledge.

While doing some research on journeymen, we came across the term โ€œModern Journeymanโ€. It is used to describe lifeโ€™s process of continual learning, or โ€œlife-long learningโ€, โ€œup-skillingโ€ and โ€œmodern apprenticeshipsโ€. Perfect, right?

We are the journeymen and if you follow along with us, you will be journeymen too.

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