• gardening

    Madoc Seed Sale REMINDER

    This is just a reminder of the Seed Sale in Madoc this weekend. Here is the info in case you are interested…. Seedy Saturday O’Hara Mill Homestead Saturday May 2, 2009 9-2 Admission Free – Donations welcome. Come celebrate Seedy Saturday at O’Hara Mill Homestead – a restored four-generation pioneer homestead on the outskirts of Madoc. Take a walk into the past, back to a time and place where growing everything from seed was the natural way of life, and discover our farming and gardening “roots”. Come early for the seed-swap and the plant sale. Stay for a seed-starting demonstration, tips about heirloom tomatoes, and displays of the Heritage Gardens.…

  • family,  our property,  simple living

    Up North Up Date

    On April 14th we went up to the property to see how winter had treated it and were surprised to see not much had changed. Everything was where we had left it. The Tipi was the only thing that was a little worse for wear as you can see. We spent just over a week getting things cleaned up, cutting wood, making tipi repairs, and trying to make small improvements to the inside of the “house”. Putting in the garden proved more labour intensive than I had originally had in my head. In the city you dig up the grass, turn over the earth, add some compost and Bob’s your…

  • Creativity,  family

    Living Artfully

    Living Artfully is not some great term I came up with… it’s actually the title of a book I own and love. It’s not a how-to craft book or manual. It’s really just an encouragement to live creatively and to bring art into every facet of your life. I think we get stuck in this idea that doing art is being a painter or a potter. Doing art is expressing yourself creatively in any way that makes you happy. A few months ago we decided to do a family art project. We all sat around a canvas and did whatever we felt like. I later went in a filled in…

  • green cleaning,  pets

    Green Cleaning Part 2

    Had a blast in Bancroft and the ladies at the Green Cleaning talk were amazing, lots of questions and great ideas! Here are some of the other tips from my handouts: PETS: Deter ticks and fleas by adding 1 tsp. of vinegar (white or apple cider) to every litre of water in your pets drinking bowl. Make a small sachet with cedar chips, dried lavender, and lemon peel and put it in their pet bed. Change it once a month. KITCHEN: To deodorize a smelly drain: pour 2 tbsp. of Baking soda down the drain followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Leave 20 min. and flush with cold water. To…

  • green cleaning

    Green Cleaning

    The family is headed to Bancroft on Tuesday March 31st where I am doing a talk on Green Cleaning at Bancroft Pentecostal Church at 7pm… grab a friend and come check it out. When I get back the following week I will post some of the recipe’s I shared! The picture shown is Lemon cleaning cloths from “A Guide to Green Housekeeping” by Christina Strutt. I’m pretty sure I got it at Chapters. The jar on the right is rags from an old flannel nightgown and the jar on the left is old scraps of jeans. Both worked well! Here are some different ideas to eliminate chemicals from your cleaning…

  • gardening

    Planting for the whole brood!

    I came accross this website that tells you what to plant for a family of four so I’m passing it along… http://www.humeseeds.com/seedneed.htm Check here to see what you should be doing to your garden for the month of April. (they have a list for every month). http://www.humeseeds.com/aprproj.htm Happy planting!

  • our property

    SWAT Welcoming Wagon

    Well, Holly has requested the re-telling of the SWAT story.. so here it goes as I remember it! We purchased our acrage this past Fall and took possesion on a Friday. We signed our papers and went home to pack up some supplies. Dave went up to our new place on Saturday to get some wood cut for our firepit and to set up the tents. Our friend Steve came over on the Monday to help Dave. The plan was that I would be there by dinner time with our kids, and Steve’s family would come down at dinner time too for a little cookout. Here’s where Dave takes over…

  • gardening

    It’s planting time again!

    Well here is some of our finds from the seed sale! We have already started planting them and can’t wait to see some green! All the seeds we picked up are registered organic (except the White Sage, believe it or not!) and legal… did you hear that SWAT team from Bancroft?? No more unexpected visits please!! Amish Paste Tomato Spaghetti Winter Squash Mandan Bride Corn (Mendan Indians of South Dakota) Edible Pod Peas Catnip Queensland Blue Winter Squash Hale’s Best Melon White Sage Some of the people we bought from have website and catalogues and all are in Ontario/Quebec… so no shipping your seeds thousands of miles!! Eternal Seed http://www.eternalseed.ca/…

  • gardening

    SEED SALES!

    Well, SEED SATURDAY is upon us and we are headed down to the library to stock up on seeds for our garden… here is the info for all the Ontario sales … check out the Seeds of Diversity website for sales accross Canada: http://www.semences.ca/ev/events.php Kingston, ONSeedy SaturdayKingston’s Central Branch Library, 130 Johnson St.Saturday March 14, 2009 10-3Admission $1.00, children under 12 free Lunch and refreshments will be available Calling all new and experienced gardeners, seed savers, farmers, and folks interested in seed and seed issues, to join us. Share, swap and purchase open-pollinated and heritage seed varieties. Meet fellow enthusiasts and community groups and get excited about this years growing…

  • family,  simple living,  sustainability

    In The Beginning…

    Frustrated with the direction our spiritually starved, consumer driven, waste producing culture was heading we decided to put our belongings into storage and live a simpler lifestyle. Before our marriage we were best friends who focused on making money for the purpose of travelling, camping, windsurfing, hiking, etc. Being single neither of us saved a lot money for the future, and had no major financial assests aside from a car. Putting it simply we were poor and starting this adventure from the position of having very little money, so if this process interests you don’t let money stop you. As time goes on you will be pleasantly surprised at how…