homestead summer 2017
gardening / homesteading / summer

homestead summer 2017

A dozen years ago, we were looking to live more back to basic, a simpler life, and I decided to put ‘build a homestead’ on my bucket list. Looks manageable. At the opening of this spring, I studied the oodles of plans I sketched, the lists I wrote, and checked the Pins on Pinterest I gathered, and I’ve been … Continue reading

summer homeschool ideas: what is an education in summer?
homeschooling / summer / what is an education

summer homeschool ideas: what is an education in summer?

Everything. Though I have learned to let go of the notion of intentional educational opportunities in the summer, because as a near decade long homeschooler this mama has to take a break. Still, I see the education in most activities. Here are things we do in the summer, and how you might think of them as educational: Kids’ … Continue reading

hardscaping, and some gardening
gardening / home design / summer

hardscaping, and some gardening

I had my hands in gardening gloves and actually planted things just weeks after we moved in. I live in the four season world, so my outdoor gardening time is limited. I know it’s a risk for the first year homesteading though. Because…. I’m planting in rocky, sandy topsoil with little nitrogen. It’s heavy and holds water … Continue reading

top 5 summer activities
family life / summer

top 5 summer activities

This summer I have a wonderland out my back door. Perhaps one day I’ll want to take a summer vacation, but I can’t fathom I’ll need it. (perhaps in January and February when the overcast has trapped me in a cloud cave, yes, but summer? don’t know why). I’ve got leisurely mornings with my cup … Continue reading

top 5 summer faves
a day in the life... / family life / gardening / summer

top 5 summer faves

Moving to a new neighbourhood in the last month makes it difficult to limit my top  summer faves to just five things. I might tell you it was my bathtub… Cause really, how could this not be one of my top favourites? Or it could be my new backyard… This is all accompanied with much … Continue reading

the best wine
mommy humour / summer / what we do

the best wine

The best wine is the one you like. Over the years, I’ve recorded my favourites: a casta franco verense… a chianti colli sensei 2011 borgo montanto… a sparkling moscato. These do sound good don’t they? Add a little French or Italian and VOILA, it must be good. But I can’t seem to replicate the experience, … Continue reading