In Search of Simple

Simple living, homesteading, farm life.

First off, if you’re coming here from the “Things We Love” section of Harrowsmith’s spring issue, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! I have been a huge fan of their magazine, books, and TV show since I was a teen, so it was an unbelievable honour to be featured; I’mRead more

A Year With Dany, the Accidental Farm Cat

During the first week of January last year, our sweet old cat, Shadow, passed away. With both of our cats now gone, the house felt strangely empty – I’ve had at least one feline companion throughout most of my life, so this was new for us. At about the same time, my friend and co-worker was bringing homeRead more

July

Okay, so another whole month without a post. I really suck at this. Here are some photos of July’s happenings:    I spotted these humongous mushrooms growing in the trees a few feet from my deck at the beginning of the month. After doing some research and talking to a knowledgeable friend, we figured out thatRead more

Stella & Ruby

I had grand plans for a post about the foodie tour I did in Vancouver last week (so good!), but in the next 36 hours, I have to clean and cook for a dinner party with exchange students from Quebec, cook and decorate for my son’s 13th birthday party (as of tomorrow, both of myRead more

Getting My Goat

I’m in need of some good, solid advice, and am hoping my goat-keeping friends out there might be able to help. I’ve been pining for goats for years, and the urge is starting to overwhelm me. I would be happy enough just to have them as pets (in lieu of the second dog and/or catRead more

Hide & Seek

It seems a certain someone is well on her way to joining the resident broodies in their stubborn refusal to leave the nest (the Brahmas are well into their third month now), but I’ve got to give her credit, she’s a lot smarter about it than the others. Reepicheep appears to have figured out that if sheRead more

Planning 2012

Late winter is a great time of year. Not only do I get to cozy up and enjoy the occasional snow day (having one of those today, actually), but I can use that time to dream and make plans for the garden to come. The days are getting noticeably longer, the trees have buds on them,Read more

A Fowl Odour

Over the past month or so, we’ve noticed a funny smell (that’s putting it nicely) coming from the crawl space adjacent to our basement stairs. My husband has torn it apart numerous times trying to figure out where it was coming from, but was never able to find the source. Yesterday we finally solved theRead more

Dust Bowl

We’ve had such a cool, wet summer around these parts that it’s been branded the “bummer summer” by some. If we ever do finally get a nice, hot day (or heaven forbid, two in a row), it’s almost sure to rain within 48 hours. Needless to say, there haven’t been nearly enough beach days forRead more

Five Weeks Old.

Just a quick update on the babies before signing off for weekend activities.  When the chicks were a couple of weeks old, I moved their “nursery pen”, which is inside the coop, in front of the door to the chicken tractor, creating a larger area for them to explore, and giving them access to the outdoorsRead more