About myschoolhouserocks

My name is Ariel White. I am a Toronto-based communications professional but my heart lies in my country home in the Kawarthas, north of Peterborough. SS#4 is the 1929 schoolhouse turned home my grandparents bought in 1970. I grew up there and my dream is to renovate it into a summer home until the day I can move there permanently. I need all the help I can get though. That’s where you come in.

Infographic: 15 ways to winterize your home

This would have been a good thing to post a few months back I guess…

http://visual.ly/track.php?q=http://visual.ly/15-ways-winterize-your-home&slug=15-ways-winterize-your-home From Visually.

 

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What You (Might Not) Want To Know about Mice & Rats: An infographic

Well now that winter is fading (not that it was much of one), it is time to think about turning the water back on and heading to the schoolhouse.

However that also means we will have to clean up from our furry squatters. This infographic I discovered shares a little bit of why I take such care in cleaning up after the mice. Blech.

What You (Might Not) Want To Know about Mice & Rats
– See more at: http://visual.ly/what-you-might-not-want-know-about-mice-rats#sthash.VATv8X6w.dpuf

Fall or summer?

Well I came up today to start prepping for fall but besides a chill in the air it still looks like summer here.

Many of the plants are still untouched by frost and the geraniums are still budding. I  can’t even take any leaves as they are still predominantly green.

   


It looks as though Pat’s grass garden did well over the past few weeks and even the hollyhock is still growing though I have been able to collect some seeds. We will see what the next few weeks have in store when we are both able to get here and start the end of summer shut down.

 

 

 

Holy holyhocks!

It has taken some time but my holyhocks have finally produced blooms.

For some reason I thought they were going to be dark purple but these have more of a tequila sunrise quality.

   

 In any case they add a little something to the space beside the back porch.
I have also planted another one this year in behind this one. This label says it will be pink, purple, or yellow so we will wait an see.

How to attract wildlife to your garden: An infographic

I found this neat, interactive infographic on bringing wildlife into the garden and I thought I would share it.

A tale of two toilets

i have always wanted two bathrooms here at the schoolhouse but this isn’t quite what I had in mind.

  

Our kind friend has provided us with a new toilet (well new to us) and installed it. As soon as the water is up and running we will be able to be a little less rustic than we have been the past few months. And for now this old beaut will remind us of what a cold winter it truly was.