This morning when I woke up the rain had just begun to fall. I flew out of bed to uncover the garden and headed back into Tiny House Ontario to get dressed and organize my day. My cousin Tracey and I planned on a slumbie at her place in the city tonight, so I had a few things to pack into the car.
I was just about to put them there when I noticed there was a HUGE turkey just beside my door. Instead of going out, I grabbed the camera and took a couple of photos. Unfortunately, he got a few feet from the house… and through the glass the photos are not terrifically clear. Even so, they are better than nothing and I did not want to scare turkey off. These wild turkeys run fast and fly quite well so I am lucky to get a photo from 20 feet.
The turkey was alone as far as I could see. Probably attracted by the mix I put out for the birds and chipmunks. It certainly looked well fed and mature. I would guess that this turkey was well in excess of 20 pounds.
I knew that there were turkeys here on our historical land because I often see their tracks in the snow; large arrows pointing in direction that they left behind. It is the first I have seen one come so close so I am thrilled and hoping for more!
The wild turkey is really making a comeback in Eastern Ontario. I understand from my grandparents that they were once very plentiful; however, as a child I do not recall ever seeing one nor do I recall ever hearing of anyone who hunts ever killing one. Yet, in the last decade they seem to be thriving. I also understand that these turkeys were reintroduced to the area from the United States. Apparently 274 birds were brought in a couple of decades ago and now there are some 35,000 of them in the area.
No matter the details, it was thrilling to have a turkey visit THO this morning! Now I am signing off because I am going to gobble down some lunch… turkey free, of course!
Categories: Environmentalism, Forest, Kingston, Magical, Nature, Off Grid, Ontario, Open your eyes, Simple living, Tiny House Ontario
Tags: nature, outdoors, turkey visit, wild turkeys
No worries, this rural girl listens to the radio and I have it covered!
As many of you know, I very much need a shed at Tiny House Ontario. In order to build this, I need to raise some funds. I decided in the winter that I would try to up my income, by bringing prints of my work to the historic Springer Market Square in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. BUT in oder to do this I had to buy a car… a 1999 Golf… and is in the shop now getting a $400 repair done. So much for earning. So far, I pay rent at the market and I am not quite breaking even… but with the car repair and gas… tragic (for me)!
I was speaking about my concerns to fellow artist friend (another Laura) and she made a few suggestions. In short, I have followed her advice. I opened an account with Fine Art America to sell some of my pieces, originals as well as prints.
I decided to keep the prices minimal – marking them up just a dollar or two on each print and the originals are marked to pay for my materials as well as my time. I wanted to keep the prices as low as I can so that everyone in the tiny house community can afford to support me. Too, I think it would be cool to see my work up in other tiny houses! I am really hoping that this will happen!
What a difference a day makes! This morning when I woke at THO – I could not longer see over the escarpment to the windmills on Wolfe Island… I could not even see the Rideau Canal. As a matter of fact, I could not see the end of the ridge. By next week the canopy will steal the sky.
Categories: Forest, Nature, Off Grid, Ontario, Open your eyes, Tiny House Ontario, View
Tags: escarpment, nature, outdoors, rideau canal, windmills, wolfe island
2013 planting is done. I put in four varieties of peppers, five varieties of tomatoes, two varieties of basil, rosemary, sage, parsley, peas, beans, spinach, lettuce variety, 18 strawberry plants, some flower varieties, onion sets, broccoli and swiss chard.
Hopefully there will be rain this summer to keep them live and healthy.
Hj and I dug up the garden yesterday. The chives are coming up nicely, but the parsley winterkilled, so more will have to be put in.
The four supervisors kept their eyes on us to make sure we were doing a good job.
Planting will begin in a couple of days.
I got a couple of wonderful tumblers from my favourite potter – Nick Prouse of Prouse Pottery and Soap Company. Thank you Nick! He and his spouse will be having the grand opening of their business on May 4, on Ottawa Street, in Hamilton, Ontario.
I was also gifted some beautiful spring pussy willows from my friend Guillaume when I set up at the market.
I am not normally a big fan of stuff, but with art and nature I make an exception. When I put these two beautiful things together I thought they looked so pretty that I want to share them with you. Friends, art and nature, what is not to like?
Over the winter one of the new cupboard doors warped just enough that the magnet can’t catch it. I borrowed a clamp from my cousin Vernie and attached the clamp (below) before I left for Hamilton. I am hoping that the door straightens out. I have not put a finish on the cupboards yet, because they are not all built yet. This is probably why it warped. I am sure once they have some teak oil on them that they should remain warp free. At least I hope so.
I came back to Hamilton for two reasons. The first being that we have tickets to see Leonard Cohen at the Copp’s Coliseum on the 9th. Plus, I had to buy a car and Hamilton is a large city with a better selection of second hand vehicles.
I am 47 years old and this is my first car. The reason I need a car is because I will be bringing my artwork to the Kingston Springer Market all summer and it won’t fit in Baby, my 2006 Honda Vino motorbike’s, trunk. Certainly I can’t carry a table, chair and banner on her either. The car is old. Granted, not quite as old as me. It is a 14 year old VW Golf; which in car years makes her practically a classic. It has pretty low milage and it is in reasonable shape for its age. Hopefully the car (whose name I do not know yet) is ready on the 9th as promised. She is getting new brakes as well as a safety and air test done, then on the 10th I move to THO for the year. The house is already opened for the year so all I have to do is unpack and check to see if the clamp worked.
Then the season of 2013 can begin for me in earnest.
I decided on a Golf because they have a lot of storage in the hatchback and so the trunk will become my tiny house office and studio on wheels.
I hope she will be a good car.
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Tiny House Ontario plans to run a Shaman’s yurt building workshop on May the 5th 2013.
The Shaman’s Yurt is a many skills learning experience where 10 to 14 people will learn to build their own Mongolian yurt from basic materials growing in the forest, sticks and rope. The interests of the group will be the topic of the single day course.
Folklorist Bear The Tinker will be your instructor and host guiding you through the building process of the Yurt’s sacred symbolism. Stories will be shared within the shamanic point of view on subjects of many interests including cryptozoology, the paranormal, parallel universe theory, and other intelligent life form from within and without of this reality.
Attendance at the course will also gain you access to visit the inside of Tiny House Ontario and a day in a natural forest just outside of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Cost is $100. Payments to attend will be made via Paypal. If you are interested please send an email to email@example.com. I will email you a payment request within a day or two. After payment is received I will send details. (A full refund will be given should registration be too low)
Please check out Bear’s website for video to gain understanding about his teachings.
We did not have any rabbits who showed up on Easter Sunday morning. There was not even a tiny egg hidden, but there were a lot of visiting woodpeckers. My husband and I sat outside in the sun reading and watching the woodpeckers flying around. There are a ton of tiny downy woodpeckers around THO. They are so cute flitting up and down the trees looking for insects. They are quiet too, so if you don’t keep your eyes open you miss them. We also have at least one hairy woodpecker he is a lot noisier than his tiny cousin. Both the flap of his wings and the hammering of his beak on the trees is loud. They are quite similar in appearance. both are specked and showy with a little red on the back of their heads, but the the size difference between them makes them easy to distinguish.
My sister has a pileated woodpecker who lives near their place. Unfortunately, I have never caught a glimpse of it, though she says it is a frequent visitor. They are very noisy birds! I saw one only once before and hope that a least one will come to join me in the forest this year.
On another quizzical note. When we arrived on Friday there was a wild animal at THO. I do not know what it was. I did not see it too closely because it ran when we pulled the car in. It was the size, colour and shape of a fisher, but it appeared to have softer fur similar to a cat. It also had a bobbed tail with a spot of white on the end. This is not an April fools thing if you are wondering. I really would like to know what it was. ANYONE?