right now : : new digs

by anyone’s assessment other than our own, a hatching of 2 ducklings could not be called a success. we too were a wee bit disappointed with the results, but that does not make these 2 feathered friends any less perfect.

called storm and calm or day and night or duckies duckies duckies duckies duckies these are definitely the most doted upon ducks in the universe right now.

with a brooder project finally complete, their home for the next weeks is a lovely one.





best friends, a new house, two is good.

our game

sometimes, every so often,  this homesteading, home educating, total immersion family life dance we do flows so perfectly. other days it can be awkward:  emotions and agendas crashing about recklessly. it all makes sense though in those moments of perfection, perhaps rare, but so flawless that it keeps me going.


our family of five, each one of us, without a doubt agree, perfection was achieved with the chess set. this love imbued, home crafted, deeply adored and just barely finished, Egyptian themed, chess set.


this wooden board and her 32 pieces brought together my daughter’s near obsessive adoration of ancient Egypt, her dear father’s love of woodworking, a familial commitment to recycling and re purposing wood, and all the joy that comes when a family works and plays together. this chess board embodies everything that is good about living, working and learning in our intimate, often unusual, way.


the wood is all salvaged from our deconstruction at the farm stay. the concept is the result of endless hours of enjoyable study of upper and lower Egypt. the game itself is dad’s favorite.  in an all out effort to entice the family into chess game after chess game after chess game, father and daughter carved, sanded, painted and created this set in many a late night session. we can’t keep our hands off it. each quiet moment, whether it be dawn or dusk or sometime in between, you can find father and son, mother and daughter, brother and sister, husband and wife challenging the other to a game. the response, at least for now anyway, is ALWAYS a resounding yes!