• 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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Exterior paint colors

I like color. In my old NYC apartment, most of the rooms were a rich butter yellow, one bathroom was green (I wouldn’t do that again though because in the morning, in the mirror, faces looked green too), the hallway was persimmon, and the dining room was papaya. In this house, most of the rooms are yellow, but the living room is a sort of moss green (which will be yellow this winter when we have the time), we had a red room for a while (it’s blue now), and the front door has been aubergine for the past year.

I’ve been thinking about exterior paint colors for the new house for a while. Our current house has been white with green trim since Tom bought it 20 years ago. But white isn’t the best color for a house in a climate where there’s white all over, highlighted by “bare tree brown”, from October or November until April — too much unrelieved white is dreary. Many of the older houses in our area are white, and the new ones are equally dreary, with dark taupe-ish tones (very similar to that bare tree brown), which Tom and I don’t like at all.


I’ve been considering a dark mossy green for a while, and last summer a new house in town was finished in a lovely shade, and I think the siding is HardiPlank. It’s something like Moss Landing or Grape Leaves below; I like Scotland Isle, but I think that shade might be too yellow, especially on a large expanse of house.


Yesterday we took our chickens and turkeys to be butchered, and on the way there’s a lovely older house painted in a lovely brick/barn red, which looks amazing in the winter with the snow. But as I was reminded when I was picking a color for our front door last year, I tend to favor pink and purple flowers, so while a dark red would be wonderful in the winter months, it wouldn’t be nearly as good in the summer months.



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