homestead: chick princesses
chickens / homesteading

homestead: chick princesses

Well I hope all six of them are princesses anyway. I am willing to call a rooster or two George and Louis, but I am unwilling to call one Archie. And sadly, no rooster may stay, and I’m pretty sure it’s not a myth that roosters don’t make great soup, so not sure what we’ll … Continue reading

landfatuation
home design / homesteading

landfatuation

Landfatuation: a new term I’ve created, not yet found in my English dictionary. Land and infatuation…Landfatuation: the description of awe, wonder and anticipation at a piece of raw land and all that it can become, like a blank artist canvas. Directly ahead of me is a young Douglas fir. To the right, a more established … Continue reading

homestead: plant perennial gardens too
gardening / homesteading

homestead: plant perennial gardens too

There are as many principles of planting as there are types of perennials. As you buy up the greenhouse or forage in your neighbour’s gardens, consider these thoughts in planning your perennial gardens: Think curvy beds following along the length of a space. Avoid sharp edges like rectangles. Sharp edges are unpleasant to the eye; whereas, curvy beds … Continue reading

homeschool fine arts
art study / homeschooling / self-directed learning

homeschool fine arts

Bring me to an art gallery and I am in my bliss. Visiting Paris’ Louvre was a dream, and the Met was divine. Where my husband brought our two youngest (of our four kids) to lay eyes on the Mona Lisa, then drag them back out as quickly as he could get in (which wasn’t … Continue reading

welcome to my home: the makings of a bed & breakfast
homeschooling / homesteading

welcome to my home: the makings of a bed & breakfast

I’ve been building a homestead in the British Columbia Kootenay Mountains and also still homeschooling three of our kids, writing up a storm of homeschool articles, continuing my second draft of my fiction novel, Robyn & Claudia, and my non-fiction offering, Homeschool Mama Self-Care, and not doing nearly as much traveling as we are doing … Continue reading

it’s a homestead life for us!
daily life / family life / gardening / homeschooling / homesteading

it’s a homestead life for us!

It’s a homestead life for us! Not all six of our homeschool family thought living an hour away from town, off-grid, in a 500 square foot cabin was a fabulous idea when I first came up with that idea nearly ten years ago. My husband reminded me that we’d have three teenage girls when we … Continue reading