• 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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Light housekeeping

Silvia at Po Moyemu is hosting the February edition of Living in the Great Outdoors carnival.

I’m late with news about the January edition of the Carnival of Children’s Literature, “The Book Awards Edition”, which was hosted by Wizards Wireless.  Stay tuned later this month, since Anastasia Suen is hosting “the leap into books” edition on Leap Day, Friday, February 29, at Picture Book of the Day. Submissions are due by Wednesday, February 27 — use the handy form in the sidebar here.

Kris at Paradise Found has discovered a new book to be published in the UK this coming summer, Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer by author, knitter, and blogger Jane Brocket. Sounds deliciously delightful.

Children’s nonfiction is heating up. Author Anastasia Suen, mentioned above, has started a new feature, Nonfiction Monday, at her blog Picture Book of the Day. And there’s a new blog, I.N.K. – Interesting Nonfiction for Kids; contributors include children’s authors Jennifer Armstrong, Bob Raczka , Loreen Leedy, and Kelly Fineman.

Living in a country with only two flavo(u)rs of Girl Guide cookies, I was happy to find this recipe for homemade Girl Scout Samoas at Nicole’s Baking Bites. I was a Girl Scout once upon a a time, and still remember schlepping cases of cookies home in a taxi cab, and then selling them door-to-door in the apartment building. Baking them seems infinitely easier!

Oh, and we tried the Instructables recipe for kettle popcorn, which we last (and first) had the other month at the rodeo in Edmonton, and it works — without the dang kettle, which is a very good thing.

3 Responses

  1. Thanks. That I.N.K blog looks great.

  2. Thanks for the link to the Jane Brocket book; most of the blogs I read are North American, so it’s good to hear of people who are more local to me! The book looks lovely doesn’t it – ideal Summer holiday reading.

  3. Jane, if you read the book this summer, you might also be interested in some of titles from this old post as companion volumes, especially as you’re in visiting distance of some locales,


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