• About Farm School

    "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, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 18/Grade 12, 16/Grade 11, and 14/Grade 10.

    Contact me at becky(dot)farmschool(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Notable Quotables

    "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"

    "‘Never look at an ugly thing twice. It is fatally easy to get accustomed to corrupting influences."
    English architect CFA Voysey (1857-1941)

    "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."

    "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."
    "Oh, I couldn't take the last piece."
    Ginger Rogers to Frances Mercer in "Vivacious Lady" (1938)

    "No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem."
    Booker T. Washington

    "Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."
    Attributed to Groucho Marx in "The Groucho Letters" by Arthur Sheekman

    "If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me."
    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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New home

Welcome to Farm School’s new home.

I’ve long been looking for a more legible typeface and clearer, attractive theme, plus the chance for a more customized banner (the photo above is from my vegetable garden last year) and was never entirely satisfied with what was available at Blogger. I also have categories now with a complete list of them in the sidebar, not just unlisted tags, and have “pages” which you can see above, over the banner. I’ve compiled some of my history, science, poetry posts in those pages, as well as on the subject of what I’ve decided to call “courting danger” for lack of a better term. Maybe the biggest difference is the three-column rather than two-column format. All of my links and blogroll are in the right-hand column, so push all the way over to see everything.

I’d been hesitant to ditch the old blog and jump ship, even to new Blogger, because I didn’t want to lose all of my old comments. But I think I have that sorted out by keeping the old Farm School blog up.

Some of the formatting of posts, especially italicizing of book titles, got goofed up when I imported the old posts to their new WordPress home, and a few seem to have disappeared en route, but I think otherwise I have everything.  Well, other than my new Cybils widget, which I can’t get to work and which is probably the biggest glitch. I did a quick look through my blogroll and removed some outdated ones, and think I rounded up everyone else. If there are any problem, please do let me know.


21 Responses

  1. So this is where you’ve gone to! I spend the weekend thinking it was much too quiet in Becky-land.

    And look at all this! You’ve been busy.

    Looks great! :) :)

  2. spent. I spent the weekend. Oy vey.

  3. Are you going to have a housewarming? Should I bring over a pot of beans and some fresh bread? Or just the bottle of gin?

    I like that 3 column look too. In fact, I was bloggering around this weekend, admiring several blogs WITH 3 columns and thinking “I want that too!” But with all my gardening projects I don’t seem to have enough time to do anything but admire. I’ll be interested to see how you like this new format. Looks good so far.

    cheers / sheila

  4. Very nice! I love the new look. It’s clear and appealing, and seems like it will a lot easier for people to find your old posts. And I love the picture!

  5. Very nice, Becky! I like the new look a lot. I am having Word Press envy.


  6. It’s beautiful!

  7. Welcome to WordPress, and thanks for the info on Roget. I am too young for sliderules, but I have memories of my oldest brother and his cool high school friends with slide rules sticking out of their bookbags.

  8. It looks fabulous over here. I LOVE IT!

  9. Rebecca, that was the three-day curling tournament, voice recital, and 4H, not the blog preparations, which have been underway for a considerable time! Yesterday morning I thought I should probably have a proper weekend for a couple of days, just to recuperate from all the activity and not being in the house. But it was better to get back into the swing of things!

    Sheila, I was going to be flip and say, just bring the gin, but I get hungry when I drink, so would it be too much to bring the beans and bread too?! I wasn’t planning on the three-column deal, I wanted a clean look, custom header, and two columns, but the green tab-y things looked so nice with the photo I decided, what the heck, live dangerously…

    Jen, Susan, Michelle, Frankie, and Mrs. G., thanks!

    Mary Lou, I’m reassured to hear it was the cool kids who had the slide rules!

  10. I love your new look. Congratulations!

  11. Becky,

    Your blog looks great! Love the photograph and your category tabs.

  12. Looks great Becky! I hope you enjoy the new space :)


  13. Beautiful and functional. I love the tabs! It’s so easy to find all those great posts. I’m having fun looking through the tabs and re-reading some of my favorites. Time to go introduce the kids to some old movies!

  14. Becky,

    Looks great! Congrats on the new digs. I’m loving all this luxurious clickability. :)

  15. Thanks everyone, and welcome again.

  16. What a beautiful new/old blog, I already love it!

  17. Nothing beats black on white for legibility, but I confess a preference for a classical seriffed typeface. Invented by those old Romans, I believe.

  18. Your new home is quite lovely. Thanks for inviting me-muddy feet, poor manners and all.

  19. The wordpress format looks really cool. I like the tabs as well. Can you let me know if you would like me to update your entry in the evolved homeschooling webring.

  20. Thanks, Meredith and JSM. The handy thing about blogs is that you don’t have to worry about feet!

    OC, I preferred the old font too, but there’s only so much I can change at the new blog, and fonts and colors aren’t included. My first choice for a WordPress theme/template was Cutline,


    which let me have a customized header, but I found I just couldn’t stand the complete absence of a left margin. And I don’t know anything about CSS, and would rather not pay for the WP CSS upgrade.

    Penny, yes please. I know there are all sorts of things I still need to do after “moving house”. Though I have a feeling I won’t be able to have the web ring widget at the bottom; as I found out with my Cybils widget from Adaptive Blue, WordPress.com operates as a closed platform, so they don’t offer third party widgets to plug-in to their site. Do you know any more about the EH ring on WordPress, Penny?

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