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Life in this little house is full of contradictions.  I’m a wannabe homesteader with AstroTurf and three neglected tomato plants, a Victorian aficionado married to a tech geek, and a commute knitter who reads jam recipes on a tablet.  Monday through Friday, I ride the train to the big city, sit at a rickety desk, and attempt to solve the world’s social problems.  The rest of the time I’m home, baking bread, planting (and ignoring) tomatoes, knitting shawls, and laughing at my tiny family (Chris, the husband; Trevor, the roommate; and Ginsburg, the border collie).  That’s all a little confusing, sometimes frustrating, often exciting, and rarely boring.  It’s a bit of a bumpy ride, but the scenery is beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by – I’m glad you’re here.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2009 3:21 pm

    I missed my era, too! Maybe it’s something in the genes …

    • bendystrawz permalink
      March 17, 2009 3:49 pm

      I think that’s an excellent theory. 🙂

  2. Brynn Kerin permalink
    March 24, 2009 3:48 pm

    yay for you! what a cool life for a little woman;) i can’t wait to read more about it!!!

  3. Marilyn permalink
    February 16, 2010 6:32 pm

    I read this and see myself! I cook, knit, crochet, sew, grow veggies..and must’ve lived in the 1800’s!

    Working in the real world seems to be interfering with my creativity!

    The photography is lovely, and I can’t wait to try those biscuits!

    • Ashley permalink*
      February 19, 2010 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Marilyn! I admire you for growing veggies – I badly want a backyard garden, but with limited sun exposure, I think container gardening is as much as I can do for now. Also, I forget to water my herbs most of the time, which I should probably get better about before I try to grow anything more involved. 🙂

  4. May 24, 2011 9:08 am

    hi ashley! you’re the winner of my “making it” giveaway on small measure! congratulations!

    when you have a moment, send along your mailing info and i’ll get the book out to you.

  5. May 24, 2011 11:56 pm

    I often wish for the life I romanticize right before the first World War… just a few modern comforts, electricity, some medical advances and a few motorized vehicles, but still supportive of a more traditional life – definitely inspired by Road to Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables… not to mention it’s my favorite time periods for fashion.

    • Ashley permalink*
      May 25, 2011 6:59 pm

      Oh my goodness – Anne Shirley is one of my very, very favorite heroines. And you’re so right – her clothes are amazing! I’ve heard about Road to Avonlea, but I haven’t seen it; I will definitely check it out. If it’s even a fraction as wonderful as Anne of Green Gables, I’m sure to be a convert. 🙂

  6. May 25, 2011 2:04 pm

    Hi Ashley! I’m really excited to find your blog! I think there are more and more people (myself included) who are trying to reconnect with the better aspects of 20th/ 19th century living. Love the concept and I am looking forward to reading and getting inspiration!

    • Ashley permalink*
      May 25, 2011 6:57 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer! The coolest thing about blogging is finding new people out there who think like me about some of these things – sometimes, in the real world, it feels rather lonely. I’m so glad you stopped by, and I hope you find what you’re looking for!

  7. September 27, 2012 2:11 pm

    I don’t know how we ended up following each other on pinterest but I have loved your links and something made me check your bio today. I wasn’t surprised to find we are kindred spirits that have a hankering for the past but I am glad it brought me to your blog. I look forward to reading.

    • Ashley permalink*
      September 27, 2012 3:11 pm

      I’m so glad you popped in, Anne! I’m looking forward to reading through your blog, too – I love finding kindred spirits.

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