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Happy Birthday, Emily Carr

One of my favorite Canadian artists, Emily Carr, would have been 142 today, and there are some celebrations: The Vancouver Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of 40 of her exhilarating forest paintings this winter.  I won’t be able to see it, but maybe some of you will.  Instead, I can take a virtual field trip […]

Appreciating our Veterans

Today is Remembrance Day, a time for remembering those who fought for freedom throughout the world for learning about them. Since we are of Dutch descent, our family focuses on thanking the Canadian soldiers who freed my parents, my in-laws and the rest of the Dutch people.  These veterans are getting older every year, but we did meet […]

Field Trip: Upper Canada Village

Nestled on the St. Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario, Upper Canada Village represents a busy community in the 1860’s.  We visit it every few years with a whole group of homeschoolers, and each year something else stands out.  One year it was the ripe pears falling from the trees, one year it was being handed […]

Medieval Cookery: Browning Chicken and Making Soft Cheese

What did medieval people eat…before tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, and microwaves?  Most people had very little food, but when times were good, meals were great. Browning chicken for a stew:  These iron pots, on tripods over a trench fire, were greased by cooking bacon.  The bacon itself was removed from the pot, put onto a […]

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