Welcome!  My name is Emma (also known as Emmalina) and this is my blog.  It isn’t the first blog I’ve written, if you’d like to know more about what Igot up to before moving to the country head here.  I started this new blog to reflect a new chapter in my life when my partner Stephen and I purchased a 95 acre parcel of land in Ontario, Canada.  (We are actually British but have been masquerading as Canucks for the last 5 years).

Last year we are built an environmentally conscious and energy efficient home on our land for our two lovely boys, our cat, dog and us.  Our aim is to live a more sustainable life, growing more of our own food and raising animals.  I homeschool our two lads and want them to live close to nature and feel peaceful in the outdoors.

This year we began building a farm around the house.  We added a large flock of laying chickens, meat birds, four pigs and several thousand bees who all reside in the fields around our home.  In addition to this we’ve turned over about 1/4 acre to vegetables which we aim to use and store for the winter.  We use organic methods with both our veg and animals as we feel this is the best way to raise food that is healthy for our bodies and to secure healthy soil for future years.  Next year we aim to add more vegetables and an orchard to our ‘operation’ and in the long term future we would like to raise cows for milk and meat as well as creating a self sustaining forest garden.

My blog is a place where I can record our lives, the ups and downs, the projects and the quiet moments.  It is a way of reaching out to friends and family who are far away and cannot be a part of our every day life.  It is a chance to make new friends and connect to other people who share a similar vision of the world, who are exploring the wonder of life in their own way.

If you have any questions about what we are up to please do leave me a comment, I read and reply to all comments on my blog and am always happy to chat!

  1. #1 by Lynsey on January 5, 2011 - 1:51 am

    Ahhh! Love the new blog… name and all. Look forward to reading more of your adventures!

    • #2 by emmalina73 on January 5, 2011 - 1:44 pm

      Yay! Glad you like, I’ll try and keep you up to date with all the madness!

  2. #3 by Miranda Makes on January 5, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    Hey you! The new blog is bookmarked! 🙂

  3. #4 by Valerie on January 11, 2011 - 9:23 pm

    Hello there, greetings to this new-born blog with a beautiful name and inspiration! I share pretty much the same kind of life, so I’ll be checking your blog with great interest! Kind regards,

    • #5 by emmalina73 on January 11, 2011 - 10:36 pm

      Hi Valerie! Well I shall be certain to head over to your blog for tips, I could use them all! Thanks for popping in, I hope to see you again : )

  4. #6 by Claudine on January 27, 2011 - 4:24 am

    What an exciting adventure for you! It will be a treat to follow!

  5. #7 by Cory on February 25, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    going to live vicariously with you if that’s ok. I’m doing the same thing…but on 1/4 acre. HA!

  6. #8 by Kat on March 11, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    Beautiful blog – glad I discovered it. How did you brits end up in Canada? I’m a brit who ended up in Australia!

  7. #9 by autumn mama on June 29, 2011 - 6:57 pm

    thanks so much for stopping by the blog … glad you liked our outdoor space — we are really proud of it … the stat i quoted is shocking — and alarming …. i agree with you — so happy my children and the children in my all natural materials — holistic in home daycare are not part of that stat. your blog is lovely — have a happy Canada day … 🙂 light and peace

  8. #10 by Erin on January 25, 2012 - 12:50 am

    Hi…have you heard the song Emelina by Nathan (a great Canadian band). It’s on their Jimson Weed album. I just struck upon your blog…I hadn’t thought of that song in years, but it reminds me of an era. Thanks!

  9. #11 by Emma on January 28, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    Hello, just found you! I’m also British and called Emma and have two sons. I lived for a while in Vancouver but have been living in the french alps for the past 15 years! We have also built, it’s not yet finished, our own home, and enjoy being outside doing sports, gardening, composting, digging in the dirt etc. Can’t wait to read more of your adventures.

  10. #12 by Kim on November 29, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    Hi… I just found your blog, it’s so lovely! I’m a former Ontarian transplanted to Kentucky (I know, Kentucky!!) Much to my surprise though this state is full of people with a mind for sustainable living, and we are trying to do the same with the small bit that we have. I am a mom to 3 boys and will be homeschooling them beginning next year. Thanks for your insight and perspective, I’ll be visiting often!

    • #13 by emmalina73 on November 29, 2012 - 9:56 pm

      Welcome Kim! Will you be blogging about your exploits? I’d love to know how you get on : )

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