1908 postcard Labour Day, Canada, Homestead Life

Starting Out to the Day’s Toil

  After a much needed break from routine, I’m back with a postcard that seemed fitting for Labour Day weekend – “Starting Out to the Day’s Toil” I actually love this time of the year. I get very motivated and ambitious in all aspects of my life: cooking with wonderful fall harvest ingredients, making plans…

1934 letter

Raining buckets in 1934

I have quite a collection of letters from the 1930s, and this one is interesting. It was written by 18-year-old Helene, my great aunt. Her brother (my Grandpa, Donald Edgar Duck) would have been 14. It was a 10 page letter, addressed to her mother (my great grandmother Mary (Kimmerly) Duck), who was visiting relatives…

antique crockery jugs

A tale of two jugs

As part of my treasure-hunting farm adventures, I found the smaller of these two crocks over ten years ago, just lying in the “Old Shed” (a barn that still stands on our farm and was built around 1910.) In my Dad and Grandpa Duck’s workshop area, there are tons of old shelves, drawers, and cubby…