• decluttering,  simple living,  sustainability

    No Waste shopping at Bulk Barn

    I recently viewed a video on Facebook of a supermarket that creates no waste.  All of the containers are reusable and you simply fill, use, wash, repeat! I was recently in Bulk Barn near my home here in Ontario and noticed a sign I hadn’t seen before. You see the Bulk Barn is already doing this whole thing and I never clued in!!!  So in case you’re interested they have a page devoted to how it works.BULK BARN Reusable-Container-Program Kudos to the Bulk Barn for stepping up the no-waste game. Here’s where you can find one near you: FIND A BULK BARN

  • simple living,  sustainability,  water

    Camping at Home ~ Surviving No Water

    Do not let the title fool you.  I’m not having a good time. We recently had a water holding tank installed here in the woods because of bad water in a well that was running dry.  For the first time in years I was going to be able to drink the water that comes out of my tap.  But with all things, few things go according to plan. The tank was finished mid December and I think we’ve had running water for approx. 8 days since.  I don’t really want to talk about it.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to me. If this ever happens to you you will need…

  • live life outside,  off-grid,  photography,  simple living,  sustainability

    Trip to The Enchanted Forest Studio

    My husband and I took a trip to The Enchanted Forest Studio for the Westport Studio Tour.  Our friend David R. Maracle was playing and showing his sculptures. The house, built by photographer Brian Mantrop, was simply amazing and I had to share some pictures.  He built it from the ground up using tons of recycled and repurposed materials. Faithful dog guards the apple basket. The house is 4 levels, the main floor living area, office area, and two bedrooms. There are amazing outbuildings on the property that serve as studio’s and sheds. Kathy Cashman’s studio, she makes amazing clothing! The front porch of the main house, including a stone…

  • gardening,  simple living,  sustainability

    Compost!

    We have a new composter for our kitchen waste!!  So exciting!  We have two other composting systems, both of which we built ourselves.  The first is for dog waste…. it consists of a buried garbage can with the bottom cut out and a lid.  We fill it up with the obvious items and sometimes add the ashes from our fire pit to keep the smell down and dry it out.  It works.Our final composter is for yard stuff and consists of some skids we got for free, nailed together into a square box for anything that doesn’t fit the other two!

  • simple living,  sustainability,  thrifty stuff

    Window Dressing

    Well the back window of our pick-up cap is finally fixed.  I’m not going to point any fingers but SOMEBODY was driving the truck with the window up and smashed it out.  The sound could be heard for miles and was akin to a grenade going off.  Needless to say…. no more window. We looked into buying a replacement window…. and looked at the guy at Truck World as if he had just lost his mind…..  You want HOW MUCH for a piece of glass?  Did you blow it yourself? We looked at getting a new cap on Kijiji (where we found our current one) and found some nice deals but…

  • family,  homeschooling,  pictures,  sustainability

    Fields of Whirligigs

    Over the March break my sister came down with her two boys and in an effort to keep them all amused we decided on a ferry ride. It was a pretty cold day and this offered a lot of amusement for free. The bonus in it all was that I finally got over to the Wolfe Island Wind Farm to see the turbines up close. They are amazing. The kids even enjoyed following the route the energy takes from turbine to Joe Smiths home. They had it all mapped out at the information hut. I love the unexpected lessons that we can take home and do more research on!

  • gardening,  sustainability

    Garden’s ahoy

    Ok, lame title but I’ve been throwing up for the past 24 hours and deserve a break on the creativity side of things. I have been flipping through seed catalogues during my downtime and I’m getting excited about planning this years garden. I’m pretty sure I posted about Seeds Of Diversity last year but here is the link to all the great seed sales, mostly in BC and Ontario. http://www.seeds.ca/ev/events.php In the USA? Seed Savers is also a great organization. I’ve had a lot of success with their seeds… http://www.seedsavers.org/ and… they have a blog…sweet! http://blog.seedsavers.org/ Here is an interesting article about planting according to the moon cycles… if want…