• 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"

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    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."
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    Cicero

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    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."
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    Ginger Rogers to Frances Mercer in "Vivacious Lady" (1938)

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

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    Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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    Jean Hagen as "Lina Lamont" in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
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Light and sporadic blogging ahead

Not only do we have the big music/speech arts festival coming next week, with lots of last-minute rehearsing, fine tuning, and costume assembling, but this morning at 11 my husband gave me a whopping 20 minutes’ notice that the bedroom remodel was about to commence. This after our 40 roosters had been dspatched to the nearby Hutterite colony (for, well, dispatching); they’ll need to be collected in a couple of hours.

I had to quickly move most of the bedroom to the living room, and of course today was the day that I had spread out on the bed all of the kids’ costumes for the big play at the end of the month (“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”) to figure out exactly what we have and what we still need. Now the bed is covered with sheets, scaffolding has been erected outside the bedroom window (I suggested to my husband that he use the opportunity to serenade me this next while), all the books have been moved away from my side of the bed, there is the sound of hammering, pounding, a whining drill and saw, and old wood trim splintering, and we may well be windowless by evening.

Which also means that the big tie-dye T-shirt project for this afternoon, also for “Joseph”, has been postponed ’til tomorrow.

Back when I can.

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Oh, before I go, I did read this morning that The Beagle Project has a nifty new logo, by Chicago-area illustrator Diana Sudyka. Diana has an Etsy shop (posters, paintings, etchings, and more) and a blog, The Tiny Aviary. At the blog I learned that Diana has

a passion for all things feathered and wild. I volunteer at the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, creating study skins (taxidermy) of birds, that for the most part, have met their ends colliding with downtown buildings. I add quick paintings here to record each of the species I have worked on, in addition to my other natural history watercolors, sketches, and musings.

The kids were looking over my shoulder, and having just finished reading several children’s books about John James Audubon in our wander through the 19th century, it occurred to two of them that Diana is a modern Audubon, drawing the birds that catch her attention, including some vanished species (great auk, dodo, and passenger pigeon). There’s even a tatoo version of a fairy wren. And lots of great birding, and also art and natural history, links on The Tiny Aviary sidebar, too.

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4 Responses

  1. The Tiny Aviary blog is just such a sweet gift for you to pass along in my otherwise dreary day- Thank you. Good luck with the construction!

  2. You’re welcome, Tara, and thanks for the well wishes. I may need to go mining tomorrow for more sweet gifts — I just heard my husband the builder discussing plans with his assistant, and the sentence that struck me was “…and tomorrow we’ll pull out the wall”. The boys have asked if we could switch bedrooms for the duration so they can go camping indoors (not a bad idea in Alberta in early April).

  3. Hmmm. I thought you had calves popping like popcorn. I wouldn’t have thought that was the time to start the remodel. But maybe busy is how you guys like it. Good luck with the speech festival.

  4. One construction project went along much faster than anticipated, and for the next one the client wasn’t ready, so our little job came up next. It’ll take the right amount of time — less than a week — and the weather is right too, warm enough and no rain. I never envy Tom having to do all the juggling and planning. He can spin on a dime…

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