November 22, 2015


Last week we celebrated both Ollie's fourth birthday, and my own. Our actual birthdays land two days apart, but as mine fell upon a Friday, we had a double celebration and my Mom and sister drove up to take part in the special day. It was simple, really. The strict gluten-free atmosphere of our home dictates that Jason and I prepare meals ourselves, so that is what we did: Slow-roasted homegrown chicken and potatoes, gluten-free buns with butter, a mixed green salad with freshly made dressing, and for the grand finale, a two-layer chocolate and vanilla cake with gluten free cookie crumbs sprinkled on top of the icing, and ju-jubes decorating the cake's edge. Ollie was a happy birthday boy!

Sweet Ollie! How we love him so!

November 9, 2015

just a normal day

Jason was working in the garden, preparing it for winter and Jude and Ollie were rolling down the hill together. Just a normal day :)

November 3, 2015

Original paintings on antique barn wood ~ A collection of my newest works!

I finally added the newest works in my 'barnboard paintings' collection to my etsy shop!
Utilizing the antique floorboards from our heritage barn as canvases, with ink I paint such natural wonders as flowers and plants, mushrooms, feathers, birds and creatures of the forest.

For more info, please visit my online shop!

November 1, 2015


Here he is donning a fabulously fashionable feed sack!
My guys will try to wear just about anything, as Bella did when she was little :)
I am so glad I have a camera, as I love to capture the silliness of childhood!

October 24, 2015

Collecting seeds

Here Jason is harvesting Prizehead Lettuce seeds. Knowing how to properly save seeds has got to be one of the most useful and important skills, really. Each different plant/flower/vegetable may need to be harvested or the seed collected in a unique manner. We save all our own seeds at this point, but still order heirloom varieties from organic sources if we want to try growing something new :) We have quite a few new ideas brewing for next spring's garden actually! It's only seven months away so we had better get planning! ;)

October 22, 2015

We discovered the gnome village!

These photos are from a few weeks ago - maybe a month. We went for a family walk in the forest and before you know it we found ourselves in a gnome village! Everywhere we turned we saw a tree with a cute little moss-covered doorway! We are not strangers to the world of gnomes, so straightaway Jude and Ollie commenced to decorating the doorways with twigs and ferns in the hopes that the gnomes would return the favour by offering their friendship. We are set to return, bringing cookies, berries or home-baked muffins to tuck inside the little gnome houses. We are sure they would love that! :)

Faces on the tree!

Another friendly (fungus) face

The most peaceful of boys :)

October 18, 2015

Ah, but we do love the month of October..!

In the past week we have seen poppies in bloom by our bean trellis, walked in sweaters outside while leaves danced and swooped above our heads, lit our very first fire of the season in the woodstove, and marveled at the first snowfall. Summer, autumn and winter are all very close together this October, which is rather disconcerting! Luckily, we managed to harvest the gardens, save for the dinosaur kale still sticking it out despite the frost and snow. The smell of autumn wood smoke does bring about a genuine feeling of cozy joy, and as I am compelled to do every time a season changes, I have been thoughtfully rearranging the furniture, and letting go of things we no longer need. I know we will be spending more time indoors now, so I want our home to reflect and support the crazy rhythm that is our life! I love autumn, so much. It is so fleeting that I am really trying my best to take it in, smell it in, feel it in..

Here Jude is sweeping through the house with a broom he made for himself.

He used pine boughs to make it, and it was the best smelling broom I have ever encountered :)

The black sheep is Turnip, and I think the white one is Noble. Hard to see from way down the road!

Red pants! My boys love their red pants! 

Isabella has been taking a creative makeup class at school and she's enjoying it immensely!

Our barn from the road.

Jason has been busy, sawing and chopping and stacking. 

Tomatillos! Jason made a DELICIOUS salsa with this batch.

This was the morning we had pumpkin pie for breakfast! With whipped cream on top!

October Poppy!

Autumn walk down our road.

Ollie working at his little desk by the woodstove :)

On October the 17th, it snowed! And it was so pretty.

Jude and Bella. Ollie is there too, hiding behind Jude's hand ;)

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