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    "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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In like a lion

Though I’m sure he’d succumb: the temperature so far today, at 9:23 am, is -35.7 Celsius, which unlike the recent snow squalls is very unusual here for this time of year.

Unusual and unwanted.

7 Responses

  1. Oh, my, Becky. Stay warm.

  2. This is crazy weather! One day I was in a t-shirt and stripping the soil from the front yard, next day it was snowing and -4ºC. I realize it’s not quite -34, but it’s still wacky from this Island perspective. Wacky and thoroughly unwelcome. Where’s my spring? (stamping a foot or two)

  3. Whoa! Makes SE Michigan’s -3C seem tropical. How do you treat the cabin fever, Becky? And what’s the typical mid-March temp up your way?
    Wishing you a Spring thaw very soon.

  4. Thanks all! Yesterday it warmed up considerably, and today is supposed to be around 32F/0C, so we’re having a home schooling winter fun day at the park, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. More snow tomorrow and after too…

    Sheila, I think it’s that blasted La Nina. But at least your Spring is still somewhere under the snow!

    Joan, no such thing as cabin fever on a farm — we have to get outside and do the chores no matter what, especially with calving season coming. Usually temps would be around and just under freezing.

  5. ahhh! But, of course! I’m such a city girl, I hadn’t even thought of that.
    What a great place to learn about everything that’s most important in life — a perfect home school setting.
    …do hope you’ll post pics of the Spring offspring. :) Joan

  6. Joan, we had the first one yesterday, a little heifer, daughter of Laura’s first 4H calf…

  7. What an exciting time. Congratulations on your growing herd! : )

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