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homestead

Grey Waters: Red Jugs and Bathtubs and Ugly Buckets

Welcome back to the grey waters! More in our series of sharing what we do around here. The spirit of these is not “HERE IS WHAT TO DO DOUBLE-STAMPED IT”, but rather “Here’s what works for us — hope you find it helpful!” We’re an open-source homestead. 🙂 Try, learn, share, repeat. Let’s get started. […]

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homestead thinking big

Grey Waters

“The mind is like water. When it’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.” ~Prasad Mahes “When you can’t have a shower, everything sucks, everyone is stupid, and nothing will get better ever.” ~Me Our first year here there was a record-breaking drought in Ontario. So we found ourselves pretty immediately […]

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fauna

Mothra

A luna moth was the first moth I encountered here that blew my moth mind right open. I saw it across the woods. Like so many curiousities here, nothing bold, just slightly the “wrong” green. And I always investigate “the wrong green”. The next was another Saturniidae, this time in its caterpillar form. A cecropia. […]

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mushrooms

“Every mushroom is edible. Some are only edible once.”

Hey mushroom fans! I have always had room for mushrooms in my heart — but the amount of space devoted to them has grown exponentially since moving to the woods. When I started seeing red-capped mushrooms popping up in the middle of the trail, or a glimpsed a flowery growth through the trees which hadn’t […]

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chickens flora homestead

A tale of two nests

Each year our yard fills with robins, and each year, so far, at least one couple has chosen to nest on or beside our home. One year there was a robin — at least we think it was one robin — who made no fewer than 6 nests in different locations around our house and […]

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homestead thinking big

Life in the Maker’s Dozen Woods

Home, painted with homemade inks. Folks understood the value of our small Toronto condo, but they didn’t seem to understand the value of a little log house in 25 acres of forest. We were asked over and over, “But what will you do with 25 acres of woods?” Our answer was if we did nothing […]