Worth Revisiting: The True Story of the Sly Fox


Remember those fables you were told as a child about the sly fox and the dumb chicken or goose? Well, they are based on fact, hard, cold facts. No word better described our intelligent, resident fox. Red consistently fooled our dumb guard dog by laying his foxy scent in pointless circles. He knew  Shadow, our dog, would follow his nose mindlessly and not use his eyes. … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: The True Story of the Sly Fox

Gardening with Kids


The garden was my children’s domain as well as mine because I wanted them in the garden, connecting with the earth. As they planted seeds, watered growing plants and picked fruit and vegetables, they became attuned to the rhythms of nature.  My kids marvelled at the power packed in a tiny seed because after planting one bean seed, they soon ate handfuls of green beans they picked themselves. They were free to pick and eat beans, … Continue reading Gardening with Kids

Canadian Backwood’s Butchers


When I asked this burly, backwood’s family of butchers if they would like a cup of tea, I was greeted with a roar of laughter as they toasted me with their morning coffee laced with whiskey. Our poultry live happy, free-range lives until B Day This tale of the chickens’ demise started out innocently enough. I had no idea that I was setting myself up … Continue reading Canadian Backwood’s Butchers

A Loveable, Annoying Pet


Shadow was the most quirky, amusing and utterly annoying pet we have ever owned. A drooling, big black lab mix with overgrown feet and an overgrown personality, Shadow was an integral part of my children’s lives for 13 years. This dog grew up with cats.They could cuddle up beside him or lay on top of him and he barely raised an eyebrow. He tossed mice and fish … Continue reading A Loveable, Annoying Pet

A Cat and Mouse Game


What is a farm without cats to catch  mice? Mice eat grain. Mice make nests and shred grain bags. Mice droppings are messy, their urine stinks and no self-respecting farm animal will eat contaminated grain Once we started raising animals, which meant storing grain,  I quickly changed my perception of the  little creatures. I no longer cringed at the thought of our cats hunting them down … Continue reading A Cat and Mouse Game