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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming and home schooling. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 17/Grade 12, 15/Grade 10, and 13/Grade 9.

    Contact me at becky.farmschool@gmail.com

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    "If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
    William Morris, from his lecture "The Beauty of Life"

    "The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead."
    Clarence Day

    "Anyone who has a library and a garden wants for nothing."
    Cicero

    "Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend."
    Sir Francis Bacon, "Essays"

    "The chief aim of education is to show you, after you make a livelihood, how to enjoy living; and you can live longest and best and most rewardingly by attaining and preserving the happiness of learning."
    Gilbert Highet, "The Immortal Profession: The Joys of Teaching and Learning"

    "Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment."
    Walter Wriston

    "I'd like to give you a piece of my mind."
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    Ginger Rogers to Frances Mercer in "Vivacious Lady" (1938)

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    Booker T. Washington

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    Attributed to Groucho Marx in "The Groucho Letters" by Arthur Sheekman

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    Alice Roosevelt Longworth

    "If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, we feel all our hard work ain't been in vain for nothin'."
    Jean Hagen as "Lina Lamont" in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
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Spring scenes

I uploaded a bunch of pictures from our camera to the computer before the end of May and thought I’d post some here so you can see what we’ve been up to around here.  Most of the pictures were taken by Davy.

House (English) sparrow eggs, found in a swallow’s nest box by Davy,

In early May we went to a nursery/greenhouse after picking up our 210 shelterbelt trees.  Trees are wonderful, but a greenhouse in May is even better.  Not all garden ornaments, however, are wonderful, and the kids are under strict orders from the garden and taste police to never ever bring home dwarves or elves.

Laura’s rabbit finally, after the fourth try, had a successful litter of babies,

After a few weeks, their eyes opened and the fur came in,

We learned recently that adult rabbits love mangoes, so much so that they’ll even eat part of the pit/stone,

Our cat commune, with several mothers sharing several litters of kittens, born a few weeks apart,

A boy and his kitten,

Since the fair last year, I’ve had Daniel’s prize-winning bird house, in the shape of a grain elevator, sitting on the plant stand the kids made for me last Mother’s Day.  All this time I’ve considered it ornamental, but the tree swallows in the yard had other ideas.  Here’s a female who seems interested in taking possession,

Look around to see what she thinks of the neighborhood,

Sold!  Laura thoughtfully left a little bit of excelsior nearby for feathering the new next.

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3 Responses

  1. OMG Becky…I want to visit your home/farm!!! Those kittens are soooo cute! And the rabbits and birds too! How fun to live with animals, nature and everything in -between.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    -Subadra

    http://bookslinksandmore.blogspot.com/

  2. Oh I might just die seeing all those kittens. I am so a cat person. My kids would fall apart knowing how many cats and kittens you have. They really would.

    Gosh, what don’t you like about those dwarves? I mean, they are so ugly they look like they could double as tree roots. Me, I am partial to the kind with little red hats and cute blue coats. Preferably doing something worklike in my garden.

  3. Subadra, you are welcome any time you find yourself in this part of the world : ). It would be wonderful to meet you!

    Sheila, they are absolutely adorable. I always thought I was a dog person until I moved here and found my husband’s (outdoor) cat, and now I love my cats. If those dwarves, elves, and gnomes actually worked, I would suspend my dislike!

    PS Sad news — the kids found this morning that the little black bunny had died. This is the other side of living with “animals, nature and everything”, Subadra, a sad but good lesson…

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