I will leave for Tiny House Ontario tomorrow morning after rush hour. I am going for a few reasons this time. Firstly, I am picking up Joe the three legged street cat in downtown Toronto and driving him to his Foster Home in Kingston Ontario. Poor old Joe was one of the disposable pets out on the street, due to his injury it was extra hard for him to survive. He was rescued in cooperation with Annex Cat Rescue, Project Pet Rescue, and Kingston Animal Rescue. He has been vetted, neutered and will be up for adoption once he is rehabilitated. You can read more about Joe here, or if you are interested in making a donation to help with Joe’s vet bills or his care please do so with one or all of the agencies listed and linked above. Perhaps you would like to adopt him or another homeless animal?
I am also heading to Kingston because I have a show in Battersea Ontario at the United Church. They have invited local talent to come to show and sell their items. The show will be on November 30 from 9-5. I am excited to do this show because there is a lot of free and close parking so I expect a lot of my friends and family to be there. For a lot of people getting into the downtown for market days is just too difficult and stressful, so it will give me an opportunity to show my work to members of my family, and friends who have not yet seen it live! Art work is so much better in person!
Please do come to the show to see the local talent if you are anywhere nearby. Admission is just $5 and I bet you will be able to find wonderful unique gifts for a reasonable cost there.
My most recent work Grandma’s Gift will be shown for the first time.
I am also of course visiting my house and I am very excited about this! We have snow in Kingston now so I will bring along my snowshoes! My cousin Tracey took this photo this morning and allowed me to share it. I look forward to getting out into the magical forest and seeing the changes that Mother Earth has undergone!
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Tiny House Ontario sits quite some distance from the road, so I was not really sure if we would get any trick or treaters at the house. Six little people braved the long road in, dressed up in their scary gear. So I am happy that we packed up twelve big vegan treat bags, pop, chips, pencils, raspberry candy, and Rockets. We also picked up craisins, and Monsters Inc. PEZ dispensers for our niece Violet, and our neighbours Morgan and Cooper so that they would have a little something extra from us.
We will bring other treat bags home and give them to the four little neighbour children who live in our block in Hamilton. Two are still up for grabs!
THO really likes having Halloween! Well, truthfully, Laura likes any opportunity to see kids.
Don’t be scared! This is really our niece Violet and she is not the least bit dangerous!
Have you ever looked at a person and wonder how they manage to survive? You know what I mean? The type that is hard on their body and who does nothing right, no good food, too much partying or whatever. The ones who look like they don’t respect the life they have, in fact they punish themselves with all the vices they can dream up. But as you watch them live to be a ripe old age despite never having eaten a salad in their life, it becomes clear that survival is sometimes not a matter of good planning, it is sometimes – dare I say, most cases – just good luck.
Clyde the tree is sort of like this. He is rotting, he is leaning ~15 – 45 degrees and the ground where his roots hold is shallow. Storm after storm, year after year, I wonder if this will be the one that shakes him from the earth where he was once just a little seed. He goes on. Even through last year’s horrible drought and into this year he lives. Each spring, I have assumed that this would be the year where he does not sprout a leaf, but somehow he manages to get the sap flowing and go on living for another set of seasons.
This year despite his increased lean of about 5 degrees, it is the first where I think he will sprout again next year just as long as his roots don’t tip out of the ground. Survival is so fragile, even for tough guys like Clyde and tough women like me.
I guess Clyde and I both have our roots here, holding us firm. I hope this little plot of land continues to sustain us.
The view from my loft is certainly changing. The canopy is moving into its final stage before falling.
Photographing from inside the loft to outside, the photo does not capture how bright and orange it is out there. But it does show that there is change.
Out on a walk I found some interesting species of mushrooms growing all over one of the living but old and gnarled trees. Another thing now to make this trees one of my favourites. It is always an interesting one!
Anyone know what variety these are and are the edible?
The farm that is part of the original 50 acres, of which my land is a part, took off its soybeans. The field lay nearly empty now showing itself like skin below a freshly shaved head.
I have never been on a farm that produced soy before. What was surprising to me is that so many beans are left behind by the harvesting machines. In about a square foot of this field I was able to pick up this many beans.
Can you believe the waste?
I could not have imagined that so many would simply lay in the field. Is this now seeded for the following year? Or food for the turkeys, deer, squirrels and and migrating birds? I wish I knew more about this.
In early September I took a photo of some flowers that were blooming along the edge of the fence at the tiny house.
When I arrived back four weeks later, on the last day of the month I found that it was fall in the area. I also found that finally my dahlia had bloomed. The flower is so huge that the plant could not hold it up, so I posed it for the photo.
The sunflowers were eaten quite some time ago by the little garden thieves but one sole teddybear variety did not become a midnight snack. I was surprised to find it there, hanging like those in J.E.H MacDonald’s ”the Tangled Garden”. It might be fun to paint this one. The natural world is alive with change.
A while ago one of my readers asked me why I don’t show other angles of Tiny House Ontario. The reason is much more simple than you might think. Just five feet in front of the house begins a thorn bramble. It runs due East to West and makes stepping far enough away from the house to get a photo sort of tricky.
The bramble is dense. when I stand on the other side of it in the clearest area about 30 feet from the house, after half of the leaves have fallen this what you can see of the house. Can you see it???
Have you ever been busy doing something and felt that someone is watching you. Well, I have. As a matter of fact it happened to me just this morning. Fortunately, I caught the watcher on camera, so I have proof!
When I set out the stone path a couple of weeks ago, I wound up with this lovely corner intersection between the path and the patio.
I am hoping to level the first part of the path where the foundation for it is already properly prepared and then next spring I want to put a showy plant there. I was thinking that the giant Empress Wu Hostas would look amazing there.
Do you think there is a plant that would look better? It has to be big, not attract insects, and do well in the shade.
A quick update before I run for a live music event tonight. I did another stone run today. I got enough stone to join the patio with the path. It is set in but clearly, I have not levelled it.
524 square feet of stone is 100% in place. Roughly 200 of this still is not set to level. It took me a lot of my spare time over 6 weeks to get to this point on it. The job cost me $530 dollars including stone, truck insurance and gas. Still way less than ******* quoted me for the delivery for only 144 square foot of stone. I got nearly four times the stone for $460 less than this company quoted!
I am glad I shopped around and I am grateful to brother-in-law B and sister C for allowing me the use of their truck.
Thanks too, goes out to Mulrooney Trucking where I got the stone from one of their quarries. Specifically a big thanks to Dan who has been an awesome person to deal with. Your customer service is excellent and I have recommended you to many people who live in the Kingston area.
An end is in sight and my arms are still not toned… oh well, you can’t have everything…
I laid out the stone to measure it for the garden path. It turns out that I have enough stone to take care of the plan. It is not good to walk on. This is actually a job for next spring so I did not yet prepare the job properly, I just wanted to measure before the truck dissolves. The stone dust I laid will have to settle then every stone will have to be removed and levelled to its neighbour. Because it is away from the house, I am not too worried about the drainage. Basically it is just a footpath to the vegetable garden.
This said, I decided that I need a little more stone anyway. I want to join the patio with the path so I need a few more square feet. I guess one or one and a half truckloads will do it. I guess I need about 40 square feet of stone. Fortunately this part is already compressed so I can finish the joining section as I have the patio. Only the path must wait for 2014.
FYI: So far, I have made 13 trips to the quarry for stone at $20/trip.