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by Heidi on June 29th, 2009
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I discovered the library! For a long time I have steered clear of libraries, and I mean a long time! I love my books and generally like to have a copy of books that I like in my personal library. When I was in school I borrowed a book from the library and loved it, I returned it and set out to buy myself a copy, only to discover it was out of print. I was devastated and swore off libraries.

This new homesteading thing though requires a lot of learning and that means reading. But there are so many books out there and we can’t afford to buy them all, and even if we could some just aren’t worth spending money on, but you wouldn’t know that until the money was spent. Which led me to the library and imagine my joy when I discovered that the city of Ottawa has a whole bunch of libraries and they are all connected. They have a central website where you can request copies of books and when one becomes available it gets transported to your selected branch for collection. Cool, eh?

Today has been all about taking pictures of beeswax candles. I am working on a new website for some friends that have a business selling honey and other beeswax products. I have turned my desk into a lightbox with some large sheets of card and a couple of adjustable lamps.

Cool dragon beeswax candle

I did find some time to check my bloglines and there were a couple of posts I wanted to share with you; one is from a friend with pictures of her amazing pottery and the other is a great idea for a quilt.

Yesterday and today has been intermittent thunder storms and heavy rain, which has provided an unexpected benefit. It flattened the long grass that is currently growing in the flower beds exposing the last missing Chantecler chicken, looking rather healthy, if rather bedraggled, and sitting tight on about a dozen eggs! We now have 3 Chantecler chickens in cat carriers in the garage!

One of them had some eggs that had been ‘pre-started’ by the little black hen and a few have hatched. So we now have the little black hen in a pen with 6 chicks. Two hatched today and one is not doing so well – Steve doesn’t believe in letting nature take its course though – so the chick is on a heat pad in a cat carrier in my office!

Eventually we made it indoors for dinner, which was our first home grown salad of the year.

Fresh egg salad


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  1. Heidi – Thanks so much for putting the link to my blog “A Home Grown Journal” in your blog entry. I hope others, like you, get inspired to try quilting. I’m in the process of getting a quilting blog up and going. Hope it won’t be too much longer now. I’ll put notification of its start on “A Home Grown Journal.”

    Thanks again for the link.

    Comment by Mama Pea — July 1, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

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