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Karen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Mist and dew sparkles have joined my morning coffee/decksit. Also, the need of a sweater. Only of the cotton variety, but still, a difference of note. Thinking back over the last couple of months the majority of my mornings began in the same way - rising with the sun, coffee... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sheepish
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There are days that begin and end with feeling raw. Heavy hearted. Small. Days where my thoughts wander my years. 1989. An angry 17 year old on a midnight bus to Toronto. Angry at being uprooted and plunked down in Ottawa of all places. Missing the life I knew and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sheepish
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I struggle with the month of August. Partly it's just too damn hot. And being a February baby every part of my DNA recoils with the heat and humidity that is part and parcel to this stage in the wheel of the year. Mostly though, more than any other, this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Sheepish
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While thoughts of my grandmother regularly enter my head when spending time in the garden, it is perhaps the task of harvesting peas and beans that her memory becomes palpable. As a city kid, spending time on my grandparents farm was a jackpot of different things to do. The garden... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Sheepish
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Holding it's place as the heart of our home not only during the colder months, is the hearth. While the hearth of Summer looks vastly different than that of it's cold weather predecessors, it remains a happy place for me to spend time. As I struggle to keep up with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Sheepish
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With the calendar page fixed on the month of July, I am happy to report that we have done it. One year under our belts in this here rural existence. While I would like to say the process has been top heavy with joy and rainbows, the truth of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Sheepish
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The longest day passed without much celebration around these parts. In fact, zero time was spent doing Solstice-y things yesterday. I did manage to take a bit of a walk around with camera in hand. Despite the obvious lack of rain, things are alive and in some cases growing. As... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Sheepish
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Time has a funny/annoying way of changing the familiar when it comes to growing little humans. On this, my third time around I have accepted it as fact. And while I am still rendered a bit (okay, a LOT) sentimental about the whole process, I have learned that while some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Sheepish
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For the first weekend in many I felt a sort of equilibrium exist between work and fun. This was due in part to the forced stop gifted to us by Mother Nature in the form of rain and cold. Yes, cold. Full on cold. And in case my point has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Sheepish
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It is with only a slight intake of breath that I can say things are well and truly underway in the garden. The fence is kind of mostly finished. And while I would never presume to think that my talents in the fence building department are honed, I do believe... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Sheepish
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May. The month in which colour returns to the world outside my window. And the balance of time spent inside versus outside tips happily over to the side of the latter. An awareness of this grace period - these perfect moments lived with intention, before the arrival of all manner... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Sheepish
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In the ten months we have called this spot home, it has occurred to me more than once that I wish we had started this particular adventure years earlier. Perhaps at no time is this sentiment more obvious than when talk turns to the planting of trees. The rewards of... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Sheepish
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If my camera is any indication, it would seem that my days are fully occupied with the digging of post holes, building of fences and general garden prep. A rather significant part of me wishes that my days looked more rounded than that. Maybe with at least a small bit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Sheepish
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I feel that I must say this every year, but just like that, it feels like Spring. The view from my kitchen window in the early hours of yesterday was distinctly more green than the day before. I never tire of this - this circle of the seasons. xoKaren Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Sheepish
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Very few words are needed to convey the gist of our weekend. Suffice it to say, that this is possibly the best time of year to spend time in a barn. Any barn really. Lucky for us our Saturday was spent in the Milkhouse Dairy lambing barn. For the third... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Sheepish
Community garden? That is great news. Close by you I hope? We are lucky in that there are plenty of cedar fences in varying states of decay all over the property. And this is a job that will not be finished this year. If I can get one side done then I will suffer the consequences and finish it up next year... Nice to hear from you Eloise. xo
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2016 on Heeding the Warning at Sheepish
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Somewhere deep in my thoughts I knew a proper, professionally built fence lived in the realm of wishful thinking. The cold truth of a reasonable yet regretfully unaffordable price tag brought those wheels screeching to a halt. I deluded myself into thinking my garden would need no protection - the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Sheepish
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According to the Urban Dictionary, a hack job can be defined in part as "A crude and improvised or temporary solution to a problem, designed to be more functional and timely than precise, durable or of good quality." And, this my friends is precisely what this post is all about.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Sheepish
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There remains little on our homestead that would indicate it was ever a small family farm. Our knowledge of the people who originally settled here remains something that lives on the list of things-to-do, of the Wintertime (read - quieter time) realm. For now, I like to think that our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Sheepish
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Much to the dismay of those living in Eastern Canada, hard and fast dates regarding the arrival of Spring and the end of Winter remain elusive. More than any other, this seasonal shift carries with it a whole lot of baggage. Plainly speaking, it can feel like an eternity of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Sheepish
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you wake up and find your garden beds covered once again in snow. Along with your sweet little sprouts of daffodil joy . Sometimes because the forecast is one of foreboding....including everything but sunshine. Sometimes it becomes necessary to re-evaluate previous plans. And ignore all that swirls around outside the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Sheepish
Hi Nat! Thank you. I am happy you visit me here. We had our first pancake breakfast last weekend with our syrup and yes. It tasted so much better knowing it was made by our own trees and hands. Hope to see you soon. xo
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2016 on Weekending at Sheepish
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Such a beautiful weekend to celebrate and welcome in equal light and dark. Full of sunshine, and yes, still cold. But with the distinct vibe of promise and good things to come. Despite being the only person who reads this lovely collection of children's books anymore, my seasonal shift would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Sheepish
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(this time last year) (currently) As I ready myself for the official coming of Spring I feel a note to self is in order. Karen. Do not, I repeat do NOT to be fooled by the way March has presented itself so far. March weather swings all ways. Control thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Sheepish
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There were of course many factors that helped us decide on the move to our homestead. While it may seem ridiculous to some, I am putting it out there that a desire to live within a more balanced world with wild creatures was absolutely one of them. I imagined many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Sheepish