• 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."
    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"

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    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)

    "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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Happy Belated Birthday, Grandpapa!

From all of us, including Davy and Cougar,

and in case you didn’t notice Davy’s new smile above, here’s a better look,

and Laura and Daniel too.

though all three look as if they’d rather be doing anything but posing for the camera. The boys have fixed smiles, and Laura’s gaze is elsewhere. That’s because what they’re standing in front of is their new old camper, a gift from a thoughtful uncle, and to where they plan to run away and live all summer, and I was holding things up.

Tom and the kids moved the camper to the back of our “100 Acre Wood”, so they’ll be living in a little forested glade. In fact, as we arrived there this morning, a deer ran in front of us and one of the boys suggested the camper would be a good place to sit quietly and watch animals. Here are the kids moving in, though I don’t think you can make out the axe in Daniel’s hand.

The pantry is full of provisions,

and there’s a comfy space to lay three small heads,

Would more could you want when school is out for summer?

Happy Birthday, Grandpapa, and we’ll have a picture of your chocolate truffle cake — from Laura’s 4H achievement day — later on!


3 Responses

  1. That looks like SO much fun!
    I would’ve loved something like that when I was a kid. My sister and I loved to pretend play The Boxcar Children, lol :) What a beautiful spot to have so much fun in!

  2. The ragged muffin look seems to be the rage up north. Puts me in mind of a fellow I know down south in the West Indies.

  3. How wonderful! It brings Swallows and Amazons to mind, albeit without the water.

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