Old Geocities Website–Walk In Memory Lane

I was surfing around the Internet today and stumbled across an old website I created at least 10 years ago on Yahoo’s Geocities.  The web hosting site went defunct several years ago and I assumed my site was lost. Then I found it a year or so later.  It had been captured by a web crawling service and archived.  Now the site’s turned up again!  It’s on Bravenet, a web hosting service.  When I created the site, I used a free guestbook powered by Bravenet.  I guess that gave them the right to save my site.  That’s ok, I like seeing it again.  Unfortunately, I can’t access the site to manage it.  In order to get customer support from Bravenet you have to pay $100 per year.  I’ve posted a question looking for help from Bravenet members on how to reactive my site, but I don’t hold out much hope.  I’m not sure the site is worth $100 per year.  But, it was fun to create.  My first venture into World Wide Web land.

Here is the first page of the site.  It appears the links inside the webpage also work!

Welcome to Phoenix Farm

Our Hillside Home in Central Maine

Welcome to Phoenix Farm, our home in Central Maine. The farm was started in 1969 and was originally part of a larger farm. The stone walls have trees growing through them that are at least 150 years old, probably older. This land has some of the best plant growing soil found in Maine.The farm covers 75 acres of fields and woods on the southeast side of a small hill. At the base of the hill a little river called Martin Stream passes through the farm. There is a maple orchard on the north side of the farm. Two fields were planted to apple orchards. Over the years many of the trees have died, whittling the orchards down from 800 trees to about 200. A small vineyard of purple, red and white grapes grows near the house. Just north of the house is a home orchard of sour cherry and pear trees. Below this orchard is a patch of 400 highbush blueberry plants.The barn lies downhill and to the north of the house. Directly downhill from the house is a 50’X 50’garden space. Pastures and a half-acre farm pond fill the long plateau below the garden. South of the pond, beyond an ancient tree-lined stone wall is a large hayfield. From there the land drops down into woodlands that run along both sides of Martin Stream. From the farm a panorama opens across a valley of fields and forests to an opposing ridge of trees, fields and scattered homes a mile away.

Some of the produce from Phoenix Farm includes: pure maple syrup, organic apples, pears, sour cherries, grapes and highbush blueberries, jams and jellies, garden vegetables, autumn decorations like gourds and indian corn, hay, firewood, beef, angora rabbits, angora fiber and yarn, araucana and ameraucana chickens and blue eggs.

Seasons on the Farm

SPRING
SUMMER
AUTUMN
WINTER

Life on the Farm

THE ANIMALS
THE PLANTS

By the Farm Pond



To feel the wind, sun and rain,
To breathe the clean air,
To coax life from deep soil,
And move in time with the seasons’ slow dance,
This is the essence of existence,
And wealth beyond the treasure of kings.

 

Not sure why the fonts change in the body, must be something to do with the way I wrote the program or who knows.  I learned how to write in basic html when I created this site.  A real stroll down memory lane!

Here is the link to the old site:  http://www.geocities.ws/phoenixfarm270/index-2.html

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Old Geocities Website–Walk In Memory Lane

  1. How cool! I remember visiting so many geocities sites “back in the day.”
    I think we are so fortunate to have witnessed the historic paradigm shift caused by the internet. Surely in hundreds of years it will be seen as equal to the evolution of human thought as the printing press was! Such change!!!!

    • Yes, a huge change in such a small time. I was looking at the diary I have that was written by a girl in 1884. She lived through an amazing change from horse-drawn transport to automobiles and then into the television age. It must have been somewhat shocking for her to watch the evolution of civilization!

  2. Thanks Mums. It is kind of creepy to find my old website in someone else’s hands, someone who wants me to pay to access it. It’s being held by Geocities.ws. They crawled around the web finding sites that had been deleted by other hosts and assembled them on their site. A few years ago when I first discovered my site, the crawler had only captured the first page, and the links weren’t working. Now the whole site is there and the links are all active. I wonder how long they’ll keep it if I don’t pay to join their service? Looks like I found the old site through Bravenet because I used their free counter and guestbook. I also wonder how long Bravenet will keep those functions active? I don’t think it’s worth money to reactive the old site. It would be neat to keep it the way it is, like a museum exhibit.

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