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Karen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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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 4 days ago 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
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Today marks 5 years since I stepped my LittleWool endeavour up a notch and made myself a place on etsy. When I think back to what my life looked like way back then it feels like many more years than just 5. I remember clearly that the decision to bring... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at Sheepish
Hi there! It has been a whole lot of fun tapping our very own trees this year! Now, the boiling weather of this weekend has made the whole thing feel awesome...but, I imagine if it was pouring rain I might feel a wee bit more subdued. Maple syrup though! I did take a look at that workshop and thought it sounded like something that would help me out. Let me know how it goes and I would consider it next time. And sure. If you are looking for someone to take care of your apple tree I would be more than happy. Have a great day!
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2016 on Sappy at Sheepish
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In all my years as a city dweller I had often heard reference made to "the other season". Known to rural folks as Mud Season. Within the confines of concrete and asphalt I remained blissfully unaware of the scope of this unofficial season. And with each passing warm day I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Sheepish
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Seems as though Mother Nature was just as ready to celebrate the return of the light as I, for this past weekend was all about the rituals of Spring . First of the Seedy sort. Then of the Sappy. We tapped ten trees in this our first attempt at making... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Sheepish
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The first Saturday in March is a day I look forward to with a level of thrill akin to that of a kid at Christmas. In fact, in the wheel of my year this day holds a place that rivals any Statutory Holiday. It has been dubbed "Seedy Saturday" in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Sheepish
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The time is near folks. If the current weather forecast holds true, the time to tap our maples is just around the corner. This weekend was spent in part, getting our sugar shack sorted and tidied. Although this task was added to our Master List of things to-do last Summer,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Sheepish