Refinishing An Old Oak Staircase

Owning an old farmhouse brings a lot or restoring, refurbishing, and refinishing. It seems that there is never a shortage of things that need … [Continue reading]

Wallpapering My Old Farmhouse


Wallpapering an old farmhouse presents special challenges.  The plaster walls are anything but straight, level and/or smooth.  Here's the story, when … [Continue reading]

Sun Brewed Ice Tea

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When I get tired of drinking water or drinking Sassy water, my next go to is Ice tea.  I only drink sun brewed ice tea - this recipe is very simple … [Continue reading]

Sassy Water

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Even though my water source at my farm is a drilled well of 475 feet, I get bored drinking water.  My water tastes great but I get tired of the taste … [Continue reading]

My New Organic Garden


My newest organic garden started with the need/desire to have a better driveway.  For the past 26+ years of living here, the driveway ended a good 50 … [Continue reading]

How To Make Homemade Yogourt


This is how I make my yogourt.  There are lots of articles on the internet about the qualities of yogourt, the history of yogourt, and why yogourt is … [Continue reading]

How To Make Maple Syrup

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This is a tutorial on how to make maple syrup.  Maple syrup is from the sugar maple tree and it is found mostly through Vermont, and Maine in the U.S. … [Continue reading]

Spring Gardening in Muskoka – Organic Style

It's spring time in Muskoka and before the bugs come out, generally residents like to don their boots (of the mudding variety), gloves (of the … [Continue reading]

Heating An Old Farmhouse

Heating this old farmhouse was a gigantic undertaking, because all the heat you could generate went right out the doors and windows that weren't … [Continue reading]

Renovating An Old Farmhouse

When I bought this farmhouse back in the 80's, I'm not sure what I was thinking!  When I look back, I must have bumped my head!  First, it was … [Continue reading]