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.

Dreaming of spring while the frostbite sets in

It looks as though the snow will be here for a while this year so until then I will have to ponder these photos from last spring to keep my mind occupied.


I can’t remember what green looks like at this point.


And last but not least,


Herbs: Surviving the winter up here in zone 3

My carrots may have sucked but my balcony herbs are insanely good.


I’ve got more mint than I know what to do with and chives are flowering left, right and centre. I am hoping to move them up to the schoolhouse but what will survive the winter?

I came across this blog post by The Far North Garden. It cites a great looking book called Culinary Herbs for Short-Season Gardeners. Both have a great list of options that might survive.

The mint, chives and catnip look likely. Perhaps I will keep the rosemary in the house and water it when we come up and then at least we’ll have it next spring.