Our Journey Home

Parameters for Play

I have in recent years spent a lot of time with a lot of kids. Not a classroom size or anything but more along the lines of large family. For me parenting is about setting kids up to succeed. It is my job to do the setting up and give them the tools they need in order to meet the expectations that have been laid out. I, as the parent or caregiver, provide structure and a clear set of simple…

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Dreaming, discussing and doing.

I seem to spend most of my time on the first, more and more on the second and the least on the third. I think I’d like to aim for a little more equal proportions in life. One of the more common themes that comes up for me in my dreams is city or country. Which path do I want to follow? And, more importantly, how do I decide? One one hand I want to be in the city where…

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Putting Gardens to Bed

With the change of each season there is a new set of tasks and jobs and projects that arises. Shortly before the frost hit my girlfriend and I filled out pockets with paper bags and with a pencil behind my ear we wandered through her yard gathering seeds that will be planted next spring. I’ve come home on more than one occasion now carefully clutching a handful of seeds that I knocked off a flower head while walking the streets…

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Getting Ready for Winter

Fall is harvest time. There is something truly magical about it and I love hearing about the many ways in which people prepare for the coming cold season. Here at home we continue our path of exploring food storage and choices that we make. I was fortunate enough to inherit a large box of pears and apples earlier this month. The apples were easy they went into small shallow boxes and in the root cellar. I was then posed with…

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Goats on the Mow

Next spring I hope to be able to tell you that instead of mowing your lawn with a gas powered lawn mower you have have it cut by some earth friendly goats. I’ve been working on the finer details but the jist is that 4-6 goats will come to your place and hang out for a day or so depending on the size of your yard. They’ll eat some grass, pass along some fertilizer which we can either take with…

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Grow your own!

I am jealous. I will admit it. This fellow blogger grew her own popcorn. She has a small garden at home and grows as much of her own produce as she can. I have posted in the past about the Dervaes Family who have steadily worked at transforming this ordinary city lot into an organic and sustainable micro-farm. After reading about this inspirational family I dare you to not look at land use in cities differently. Around here I noticed…

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