About

3 of us

Above, Julie, Richard and Joy.  Or, as it says in the Sheldon (Belldon) Chadwick poem, for which we named the farm: Joyfully Rich With Jewels!

3 toons

Rural Pursuits: Julie

julie, of blue belldon

Julie runs two eco-friendly businesses, Rustic Revivals and Rural Revivals, with which she has garnered quite a bit of media and publicity over the years, writing hiking and historical preservation articles for the Ministry of Natural Resources, and lecturing/M.C.ing  at environmental and heritage conferences in each of the 4 countries in which she’s lived and worked: Ontario, Canada, West and North Yorkshire, England, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and near East Glacier Park in Montana. She was the organizer/founder of the Carlisle Country Craft and Old-fashioned Market Mercantile, a pioneer and natural-arts festival in Ontario for 3 years, as well as running the corresponding art shop, Rural Creators’ Collective 4 days a week.   Previous to this she taught high school, coached riding at competitive levels and instructed music pupils/directed and acted in plays.

She and Richard run a country-interior design portion of Rural Revivals as well, where they renovate and re-design ‘small spaces into georgic graces’  In the past, Julie has competed 3-day event horses she’s bred and trained herself, and led both hikes and trail rides through the Rocky Mountains and the Highlands of Scotland.  Other than horses, livestock she has owned have been a donkey, goat, chickens, rabbits and a sheep.  She is the driving force toward living as self-sustainably as possible at Blue Belldon Farm, celebrating both the history of the area and the organic and natural resources the agricultural land of the area presents.

Rural Pursuits: Richard

richard's collage Richard enjoys the great out-doors and will be happy to get away from the ‘rat-race’ of south-central Ontario where he has lived and worked primarily for the last 25 years.  Having hailed from the Gatineaus originally, and then lived on the prairies of Saskatchewan in his early twenties, he definitely knows that mountains and valleys are among his favourite scenery.  His time spent in the U.K. has caused him to attempt many a happy highland fling, and whilst posing for many of Julie’s RusticRevivals items for her shop online at etsy.com he has developed a love of being a simple laid-back ‘red-neck’.  He loves hiking and camping with Julie, and his hobbies include wood-working, sketching,  and mechanics.  He wants to have a pig at Blue Belldon Farm, and you can see that he’s a bit of a ham himself.  He works hard, and doesn’t object to the most menial tasks like shoveling manure, but he much prefers the solitude of cutting wood in the woodlot, designing furniture or wooden accessories, and playing whatever instrument he can get his hands on, incl. blowing into a whisky jug! And when play-time is over, he definitely appreciates his snoozes!

Rural Pursuits: Joy

joy's collage

Julie’s mother, Joy, is also a very outdoor-oriented person.  Her love of the mountains and valleys probably comes honestly to her because her father was a McKenzie, born in Aberdeen, in a small croft in Savoch.  In the mid 1980s she and Julie’s father went to log-building ‘school’ in Ottawa, and were preparing to build their own log home (upper left) when Julie’s father Syd sadly passed away at the age of 47. Since then Joy has helped build orphanages and taught children in third-world countries such as Sierra Leone, Africa and in Mexico. A former piano teacher, Joy keeps busy with her musically-inclined grandson, named Sydney for his grandfather, and also with her amazing craftsmanship of spinning and weaving.  She has dressed as a pioneer on many occasions for publicity for Julie’s festival, and patiently given tutorials on the homesteading arts she and Julie strive to keep alive.  Joy learned the spinning and weaving from her Aunt Ila, who was also, like her niece, a great traveller and genealogist.  Joy’s other hobby is horticulture, and she is an asset to the various types of gardening which will be happily growing from the earth at Blue Belldon Farm.

 

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26 thoughts on “About

  1. Congratulations on your new adventure Julie. It all sounds very exciting, but i know that there will be some long and tiring days involved in getting settled. All the best to you, Joy and Richard.

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  2. Joyfully Rich with Jewels. So proud of y’all. Julie, it has always been my favourite thing about you – the what-ho-what-the Dickens-gung-ho-idealism-with-kicked-up-heels-and-always-a-positive-for-the-right-things-in-lifeness (is that a word?). So Joy’s bikini modelling days are over? So what. She will look superhot in a big cotton nightdress rocking on the porch with a shotgun in her lap. Possums beware. You guys are total legends. Richard – you’ve got to be a star to hitch your waggon to these two broads. All the luck in the world xxx

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  3. Hi Julie, Richard , & Joy , What an adventure you will have!! I am glad you are moving in time to get that Garden in
    and get a good crop of vegies canned for the fruit cellar. You always enjoyed a challenge and you have the talent to accomplish just about anything. Sounds like Richard has that ability too , and of course your mom is a trooper!! Lots of best wishes and we surely will be following you !! Sam & Marg

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  4. Let me tell you all that the fish are either dormant dead or disinterested. Oh, maybe it’s because the weather is ugly and I haven’t managed to get dressed never mind fishin. Ah, that’s it!
    All that said, we are very excited about this latest transition in our lives. Moving out of the metropolis and into a quiet rural setting is just the ticket. Will keep you posted on the developments.

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  5. so glad for you to be fulfilling a dream, and my best wishes to you all for your happiness and future success, with the way you put you heart and mind to the job ahead of you Julie, I know you will have wonderful success and prosperity Keep up the good sustainable and earth friendly work. The fossils are still being created, when I’m not watching my little Rosie, what a sweetheart.

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    1. Hi, Gloria – I know a lot of people who commented on this first page thought they were following the blog – but if you want official updates (and I’ve been posting every week since I started it!) you’ll need to click any page on the blog and then click the FOLLOW button, in blue in the right hand bottom corner. Then just put in your email address to get notice of when I post. You’d hate, for instance, to miss my latest posting: Mooning in the Marsh – because you know Richard and what klutzy clowning he can get up to! That was just posted here, but there’s been lots of other info and material posted too, so do check it out again! Thanks for the support! https://bluebellmountainblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/mooning-in-the-marsh-moving-mayhem/

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  6. Well… another quatrain or two is to be added to the Julie Johnson saga. I’m happy to hear that you are returning to your true vocation, you were the only 12 yr old I knew who could use the word ‘chatelaine’ in a poem. A rhyming couplet it’s not but here is my poetic tribute:

    Richard, Julie, Joy
    Eastward
    Peaceful mountains, pickled beets

    Here’s to the next adventure!

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    1. Best of luck in your new adventure Julie, Richard and Joy. What a wonderful way to live! We miss you in Carlisle and Guelph. Merv and Lynn

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      1. Hi, Lynn and Merv – I’m writing you a longer email tomorrow but I know a lot of people who commented on this first page thought they were following the blog – HOWEVER, if you want official updates (and I’ve been posting every week since I started it!) you’ll need to click any page on the blog and then click the FOLLOW button, in blue in the right hand bottom corner. Then just put in your email address to get notice of when I post. You’d hate, for instance, to miss my latest posting: Mooning in the Marsh – because you know Richard and what klutzy clowning he can get up to! That was just posted here, but there’s been lots of other info and material posted too, so do check it out again! Thanks for the support! https://bluebellmountainblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/mooning-in-the-marsh-moving-mayhem/

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      1. Hi, Joan – thanks again for keeping us in the prayer circle – both you and Catherine must be doing it, and we feel blessed… I know a lot of people who commented on this first page thought they were following the blog – HOWEVER, if you want official updates (and I’ve been posting every week since I started it!) you’ll need to click any page on the blog and then click the FOLLOW button, in blue in the right hand bottom corner. Then just put in your email address to get notice of when I post. You’d hate, for instance, to miss my latest posting: Mooning in the Marsh – because you know Richard and what klutzy clowning he can get up to! That was just posted here, but there’s been lots of other info and material posted too, so do check it out again! Thanks for the support! https://bluebellmountainblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/mooning-in-the-marsh-moving-mayhem/

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  7. The setting for this chapter in your life is extraordinarily beautiful. I am so happy for you both. May these be peaceful times, full of health and happiness.
    Linda

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  8. Julie…. what a treasure you are, and to have found your soul mate “Richard” I am so happy to be your friend, and to have known you since you were a baby. Wishing you with prayers, much……happiness, health, and success ,

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