Humourous Videos – Richard takes a break from the woodlot!

How I restored an old trunk – and Richard’s reaction to it, when he came in from chopping wood!



Even when Richard isn’t using his REAL chainsaw, he likes to practice indoors!  (Very funny, very Richard!)


Don’t think I HERD ya right… eh?


My CHEESE BOXES are at the ready – but do I just want one goat, two, or a small herd? (Actually, below items are from my Rustic Revivals shop at, or visit us here at the farm to see them all in our ‘cabin’!)pioneer womanblue goat

                     fabulous quick and simple youtube video from the Prairie Homestead!

Calligraphied Recipes for your Country Kitchen

5Samples of Calligraphied Country Recipes from my Juliet’s Quill online offerings.  See more to choose from, and ideas, at :

The Tractor Seat Saga -seriously?


When I found it, round on top, holes to ventilate through heat

Rusted to the core of me,

Rusted to the sham

Bolted in the centre.

Bolted, me, through no fixed address.

Among the urban fallows.

There, tractor

Once bouncing along, on the brow of the don…

Now propped against a tree-trunk. Propped.

Only a prop. Props master, puppet master.

Like the cue to enter stage left,

On its bouncy fulcrum, as the jester

Bounces on.


But silent, now, no jest to play,

No audience approval.

Brow furrowed. Burro burrowed.

Burro bolted. Centre stage.

Last furrow ploughed a thousand years before.

How many seats? Who played Bottom?

How many Bottoms?




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Wanted – the Poacher

This morning, far too early, (it wasn’t quite light out) my dear Richard woke me up and told me to come into the kitchen – he had a ‘surprise’ for me.  Always suspicious, and thinking all manner of perilous activities might ensue, I arrived to find he’d actually managed to poach two eggs on toast. AND they were delicious ! He’s never made anything for me to eat before (doesn’t do it for himself either!) so I was stunned. Problem is, we need some new hens and those were my last few eggs by which I’d planned to do all today’s baking!


Poaching, however IS a serious issue – it is no longer the problem of a down-and-out peasant robbing the laird’s rabbits.  This is an environmental concern of which we should all be aware!  from Wikipedia:

Until the 20th century, most poaching was performed by impoverished peasants for subsistence purposes, supplementing meager diets. By contrast, stealing domestic animals  classifies as THEFT, not as poaching.

Since the 1980s, the term “poaching” has also referred to the illegal harvesting  of wild plant species. In agricultural terms, the term ‘poaching’ is also applied to the loss of soils or grass sward by the damaging action of feet of livestock which can affect availability of productive land, water pollution through increased runoff and welfare issues for cattle.In 1998 environmental scientists proposed the concept of poaching as an environmental crime, defining any activity as illegal that contravenes the laws and regulations established to protect renewable resources including the illegal harvest of wildlife with the intention of possessing, transporting, consuming or selling  it and using its body parts. They considered poaching as one of the most serious threats to the survival of plant and animal populations. Conservationists consider poaching to have a detrimental effect on biodiversity, both within and outside protected areas as wildlife populations decline, species are depleted locally, and the functionality of ecosystems is disturbed.



Because-Why #4- Joy’s Door

joy's door

Mom used to read Maggie Muggins to us when we were growing up , and now my sister has read all the stories to my nephew as well. So, the Because-Why and How-To re: Joy’s Door (access to the upstairs, where she will live)… to follow upon contractors’ quotes! So she will live separately from us, as we all prefer, and her own guests can come and go as they please as well…  Thus, we’re putting in a door for her where this window is, and even her entrance will be private, as there’s a downstairs door that shuts her off from our kitchen.  And it’s much better that SHE be the one living upstairs, as we’ve tried it a few times the other way ’round – and believe me, NO ONE wants to be subjected to either Richard or myself pounding about on our heels above them!

joy's door cut in