A new nest.

Our days and weeks of late have been filled with both settling and exploration. Each day we settle into our new home a bit more, create new cozy nooks and spaces for play, find the just-right spot to hang a piece of art or a kitchen utensil... And each day, we venture outdoors to explore the land. We are getting to know the map of our land, getting acquainted with the flora and fauna of the area, including a little owl, a few deer, and a snowshoe hare. And the kids are also busy nesting and creating space within the forests - several forts can be found, including a post office, a jail, and some...

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Lately…

Well, that is quite a loaded lately! It's hard to believe that I've been pulled away from this space for almost a year now. Though my mind and hands have been too occupied to make it here to share and connect, my heart has been here. If you have stuck around and are checking in periodically, thank you. The past several months have been a whirlwind of planning our family-run homesteading festival from fall through spring (with the hard work of so many amazing volunteers), holding the festival in the end of June, recovering from said festival - and all the while, continuing our search for a farm...

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Before the snow

A glimpse into our days before the snow graced November...   // rose hip harvest // forest fort building // co-op trip to the zoo // hanging with a runaway turtle at the plant conservatory // garden clean-up actually happened this year (kinda) due to the late snow! // nourishing cocoa with cacao, chaga, ashwaghanda and elderberry // basketball coming out of our pores. oh, the focus. the energy. the passion! // knitting and finger knitting stacks of head warmers to string up in our neighbourhood for the folks who walk our lanes in the biting cold of winter.   ...

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autumn edibles + life learning

There's a lot of pressure on young children to learn how to read and write; it seems as though this expectation is now in stride with learning how to tie your shoelaces. Just today I heard from a mom whose five year old brought home worksheets to fill out as homework. For kindergarten. Homework. As home learners, we have the freedom to allow our children to pick up reading when they are ready. We've exposed them to countless bedtime read-alouds, morning story times, letter sound exploration (SOUNS) and a home rich in word - read, written, spoken, sung. Admittedly, it was nerve-wracking at times...

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october days

cozy reading clay animal play Reading practice is more grown up when you're reading to a smaller one... A little corner of our home... Cosmic Kids Yoga is a fave. Baking pumpkin pies. Knitting stash. The kids call it "the best homeschool co-op ever". Gorgeous new map book! Waldorf human and animals study. Tidying. Mid-morning snack. Bringing the outdoors in for some free arrangements. Cleaning beeswax block crayons is easy with some olive oil and a cloth or paper towel.

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elderberry bubbly

Carrying on with our new found love for shrubs (seriously considering a soda stream for sparkling water), we decided to try making an elderberry shrub syrup. A couple (tiny) folks in our home are not huge fans of elderberry flavour, but if you like elderberry you'll enjoy this drink. We ended up blending some elderberry with some grape for a happy compromise and some immune boosting power in our fizzy grape drinks! To make your own elderberry shrub: // Simmer 1/3 cup dried elderberries in 1.5 cups of water for 30-40 minutes or so (however you would normally make elderberry syrup in your...

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outdoor classroom

Fall has been so good to us, clasping the hand of summer and not letting go quite yet. The air is fall fresh, yet not biting. The leaves are underfoot and crunching. The birds and squirrels are about, preparing. And we're out with them. Learning. Playing. Creating. Dreaming. What's in our outdoor classroom wagon? // yarn + knitting needles for the older two and myself (the youngest finger knits) // boiled water in a thermos, mugs, tea bags // snacks // sketch books for nature illustrations // story book to read aloud, chapter books for quiet reading // basketballs for playing...

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shrub it off

Harvest season is probably my favourite time of year - the one where we fall back into familiar rhythms, breathe in the crisp air as we bring in the last of nature's garden offerings. Chard, kale, borage and basil to dehydrate for green powder and pestos. Squash for baking and soups. Grapes to freeze and flavour kombucha, which gives an amazing welch's grape burst. Honestly, though, I actually had never quite found a simple way (I almost always take the path to least resistance when preserving) to process grapes that makes me swoon. Until this week when I discovered shrubs. Shrubs are light...

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DIY Playhouse Project // Back on track

Things slowed down quite a lot this summer as we were either busy in the garden, splashing in the kiddie pool or on a sweet summer adventure. The kids are back in action and reinvigorated to work on their project. We were all re-inspired by this video! The other day they scored some aluminum roofing for $22 after weeks of hunting online for free roofing materials with no luck. A trip to grandpa's work to use the angle grinder is in the works, to cut the panels to size. In the meantime, they've started on framing the roof. Loads of sketching, block model building, measuring and sketch-up...

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13 times around the sun

Aaand just like that, another teenager in our home! One who knows what she loves - animals, crafting, music and cooking to name a few. It's a joy to spend time with her learning about animals, taking on DIY projects, singing along to favorite songs and whipping up meals in the kitchen.

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