• 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

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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"

    "‘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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Now this warms my heart, if not my feet

It’s still cold here, so cold the mercury is in hiding

(of course, you can run but you can’t hide with the newfangled digital technology)

but the good news is the snow has stopped falling and the wind has quit blowing, so it could be worse.

Worse as in as bad as it was on Monday, in fact, so we really don’t mind that the grader hasn’t made it through to plow out our secondary roads, or the Canada Post truck with our mail, and that a host of lessons and meetings in town today and tonight were (thank goodness) canceled. We’re doing quite well holed up with our books, music, movies, and homemade chocolate chip cookies, thank you very much.

Of course, holed up is relative when we spend several hours every morning feeding the animals, who are bearing up as well as can be expected. The extreme cold has taken a toll too on the tractor, whose engine won’t turn over no matter how long we’ve had the block heater plugged in (so much for Tom plowing us out) and our electric livestock waterers, though Tom was able to coax two out of three into working again.

Also good news and very warming is this

from Audrey at A Small Corner of Nowhere. Thank you, Audrey — what a delightful, cheery, and warming surprise. And I’m sorry all I sent you was this miserable blizzard!

I want to spread the warmth and share the accolades for excellent blogging, though to be fair, picking a handful from the list at right, instead is very very difficult (and feels very very stingy),

Sheila at Greenridge Chronicles who from the start has seemed very much a kindred spirit. No surprise that she, like the original kindred spirit, is Canadian.

Jen at Jen Robinson’s Book Page, not because she said such kind things about me and my blog recently but because her blog continues to grow as a fabulous resource for those interested in children’s literature, and Jen herself is tireless when it comes to posting — no matter that her professional life and passion for kidlit are two very different worlds.

Cami at Full Circle whose beautiful blog gives me something to think about, lovely things to look at, recipes to cook, and elegant handcrafts clearly explained. And sometimes lovely to look at and elegantly crafted at the same time. And Cami also always seems to know just what I need when I need it.

5 Responses

  1. Thanks so much, Becky! I think one of the best things about blogging is getting to know people like you, people who keep their kids reading, despite many distractions (like feeding livestock, in your case), and who find time in the presence of cold that would paralyze the rest of us to still spread joy. I hope it warms up a bit there soon, but I’m so glad that you have books in the meantime.

  2. Wow! Thanks a heap, Becky. I’m delighted. I even burnt the grilled cheese I was so excited. And right back at you with the compliments. Your blog is easily one of the more inspiring things in my day.

    cheers / sheila

  3. You’re very, very welcome, Jen. My kids were born into a house full of books, and a mother who first read out loud to them from The Economist (I figured as babies it didn’t matter whether it was news or a children’s story, so I might as well please myself!), so they didn’t have too much of a choice!

    Sheila, you’re very very welcome, and sorry for causing that kitchen mishap! And thank *you* for the kind words.

  4. Awww, gee thanks Becky! What kind words you’ve bestowed! Yours is one of my favorite blogs and if you hadn’t already received the award, I’d nominate you myself ;) PS Love the new site!

  5. Phew! I was going to go leave you a comment later today, Cami, to let you know! Especially after you and I both posted yesterday about beautiful books. “And So They Build” looks gorgeous.

    And you’re very, very welcome and thank *you*.

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