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Karen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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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 5 days ago 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
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Well, that was quite the weekend. So much cold and wind - basically the two worst enemies of draughty old farmhouses everywhere. Not to mention their inhabitants.... Let's just say that we were made fully aware of where our efforts at weatherproofing and insulating should be concentrated before we have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Sheepish
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our homestead looks like this. Very much like March. Or April. It's making my fingers twitchy. Yet, it's barely February. And I know that at any moment our homestead could look like this. I have fallen for this one before. Sometimes I win. Sometimes I end up with leggy tomato... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Sheepish
Sadly, now that Hazel has developed her own sense of what she likes to wear I am at a loss. So, I just sew for myself now. It's better that way. :-)
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2016 on At home in January at Sheepish
I am sure there won't be any ugliness! Let me know how this goes....I feel that with Hazel suddenly sprouting up she will be needing a housecoat next winter.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2016 on At home in January at Sheepish
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My body gives an involuntary shudder when I look back to photos from this time last year. The early days of 2015 were characterized by my spot at the starting line of the race called "Getting Your House Ready for Sale". No pining or fond remembrances of that process. But,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Sheepish
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The force with which I look forward to and love the holiday season is matched only by my feelings for the arrival of January. It brings with it a voice of reason after what can easily be described as a month-long bender. A feeling that the future is wide open... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Sheepish