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Making Miscellany: January

Is there anything more beautiful than a tea egg? Possibly… but in the moments I am gazing upon a tea egg, the answer is no. I mean look at it. The first image up top is where I left the shell membrane partially intact — you can see how richly it shows the lines. But […]

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Grey Waters: Chicken Gardeners, Roofs for Days, and Planting the Rain

Chicken Gardeners Chickens: “Thanks Bipedal Female Food-And-Water Dispenser, but do you have anything with more dirt in it? ktks” Chickens make terrible farmers. They literally live like there’s no tomorrow. See a sprout, eat a sprout. Tomorrow be damned! Live for the now! Party animals. But we’ve managed to turn our chickens into gardening allies, […]

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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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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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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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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 […]