• 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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Holiday wishes

Via bookseller Alison Morris’s blog, ShelfTalker:

Not only can you send free e-cards for the holidays, designed by children’s authors and illustrators Janell Cannon, Eric Carle, Ian Falconer, David Kirk, Ida Pearle, Lauren Stringer, and Debra Frasier (and Bob the Builder, too), but for each card you send E! Networks will make a contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

PS I saw the following festive sign in the Wellesley Booksmith’s Christmas window display on the website:


Words to remember this holiday season, especially now, as the temperature in our little corner of the world has dipped to -33 C, with a supposed windchill of -49. We’re hunkering down, in between looking after all of the animals — cattle, chickens (who are still laying!), dog and cats — making sure they have warm places to sleep and extra calories.


4 Responses

  1. These are great e-cards, Becky–thanks! Stay warm!

    ~Christina in MA

  2. Eat, Sleep, Read. Now there is a program I can manage. I think.

    It is warm today. Yuck. forecast high of +9C. Slush. Water. Rain. Icky. Icky. Icky. Although I could live without -38, I am a firm believer in the idea that once it is cold and there is snow on the ground, it should stay that way until March. Clearly I don’t control the weather. (And there was freezing rain yesterday right at the point where I had to get Tigger across town from choir performance back to the theatre.)

    I’m glad to hear that chickens will lay in that kind of cold. I have a friend who is trying to tell me that it isn’t worth keeping chickens over the winter and that just doesn’t sound right to me.

  3. Eek! That’s cold. I feel so very Victorian in weather like that: I might faint of horror. Clearly I would not have done well on the Little House on the Prairie set.

    It’s snowy here, with more to come, and our hilly street is such an ice rink I haven’t left the house in a car for 3 days. I hate driving on ice.

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