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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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The simple beauty of this month stuns me each time. And as we edge ever closer to the shortest day, my natural rhythm follows that of the earth in my locale. It is the beginning of a season of reflection. Of stillness and of rest. I feel it is much... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Sheepish
Successful woo-ing of pregnant barn cat. Unexpected immersion into the land of house pets, but just the kick in the pants we needed. All chores pertaining to the gathering, chopping and stacking of wood remain at the top of things to do - regardless of whether it is my list,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Sheepish
Hydrangeas are where it's at. They are quite lovely of course, but are also the only blooms around after the hard frost of last weekend. We are visited each day by a band of marauding wild turkeys with a liking of birdseed and windfall apples. I admit to a small... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Sheepish
With each day I spend on this piece of land my footing feels more steady. I am getting to know this homestead - finding my way through all the required tasks to keep the wilds at bay. It is quiet work I am finding. Each piece of wood that I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Sheepish
Signs of change are afoot. The meadow flowers that have been my markers of time since our move to this place are currently holding strong on goldenrod and asters. Two of my favourite family members are now off on their own adventures far away from here. Leaving but one close... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Sheepish
I am a morning person. Quiet beginnings and coffee in hand. There was a time when I would fight it, but those days are gone. With peace in my heart my day begins. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at Sheepish
Let me introduce you to my trusty sidekick of late...Madame Shovel. Seeing me through the shoulder crunching task of digging a garden in terrain where bedrock presents itself quite close to the surface. After creating the above space with an eye towards next years kitchen garden, my focus shifted to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Sheepish
It's been a truly amazing week for sky gazing. This wide open space that I now call home has gotten it's hold on me. It is as if I have never lived anywhere else. I am reminded of the awesome forces at work on this planet. Forces that make the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Sheepish
Hi Eloise. I agree...there is something so jarring about digging gravel. I feel like I must cringe involuntarily with each shovel load. Other than that I quite enjoy the physical work. And I can see how things are going to look when they are done so that is good. Hope your summer is going well. Talk soon.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on Digging in at Sheepish
Not surprising I suppose is the fact that the first and second major undertakings on my side of the list of things to do involve slinging a shovel. Two very different tasks with opposite reasons for being....yet, quite intertwined in their process. Our home was built somewhere in the neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Sheepish
Well. We have landed. And have begun the joyful task of making this house feel like home. Slowly we are getting a hang of this. If ever there was an opportunity to learn and practice patience surely it is now. Be back soon. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Sheepish
Seriously! I cannot believe that at one point in my life I loved moving. Trying to keep focussed on the end result - often that works. Thanks very much for your well wishes! I hope all is well with you.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2015 on Distraction at Sheepish
Thank you for your kind words. I remember a time when I loved to move..that was before three kids and the "stuff" a household requires. :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2015 on Distraction at Sheepish
Love this shop very much!
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There is nothing pretty about my surroundings as of late. Nothing around that reminds me that it is I who live in this house. Only boxes. And packing paper. An errant tape gun. No sewing projects. No knitting on the go. As a matter of fact, there is not a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Sheepish
Well folks. Let it be said that I tried. From the early days of 2015 I had regular talks with myself about the importance of remaining present in the moment that is.....from the rising to the setting of the sun. Enjoy these city days for they are numbered I said.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Sheepish
Little wonder that a touch of melancholy came rolling through this morning along with the chilly winds and rainclouds. It is hard coming back down to the everyday after a perfectly perfect weekend. That said, the feeling passes through with the wave that accompanies the acknowledgement of all that I... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Sheepish
Wow. Erin, that is truly amazing and beautiful and perfect. Truly.
Toggle Commented May 9, 2015 on josephine at homespun life
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Further proof that we really should be living much closer together! :-) I am getting excited too - once I look past all the packing up of stuff and moving and painting.... Fun times ahead. xo
Toggle Commented May 9, 2015 on Best laid plans at Sheepish
Traditionally, the introduction of sunshine and warmth to my days is accompanied by a compulsion to start digging around in the dirt. With the first daffodil and bloodroot blooms comes the trigger to get those kale, chard and pea seeds planted. This year, despite the 150 acre homestead where I... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Sheepish
This is how I feel right now - like I am coasting. I have no doubt that soon enough it will turn - less coasting, more scrambling. But for now it is this. Mini daffodils and tulips reaching for the sky. Furniture and all the lovely bits that make my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Sheepish
Yes! Finding that balance is tricky. And just when you think you have found it, away it goes. And the roller coaster rides on. Thanks for your thoughts here. It makes me glad to know there are many others who share my feelings about this. Have a great day.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2015 on As a Mama at Sheepish
Hey there! Finding the balance of it all eludes me. I am feeling it especially hard these days. And those nature activity books are my favorite too...even as an adult! xo
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2015 on As a Mama at Sheepish
Thanks Eloise. There is more than one way - I have a hard time remembering that.
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2015 on As a Mama at Sheepish
Yes! How is it so easy to get caught up in the pace, even when one is actively trying not to? Crazy times. I hope all is well with you and that Spring has sprung.
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2015 on As a Mama at Sheepish