Kate Michaud

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Soon to be 61, mother of 1 now off to the Big City. Homesteading for 21 years on 32 acres, rural, 10 acres cleared, 22 bush/wood lot. Divers fauna, wildlife, landscape and terrain.
Goats, chickens, horses, zone 1, 2, and 3 gardens.
MA Visual Arts/Anthropology, Historian, Researcher, Logistics, PRI PDC Certified, and Deep Green Permie Practitioner. Hardworking, steadfast, creative thinker, no nonsense confirmed Hermitress and proud Crone.
Zone 4b Ontario, Canada
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We dowsed for our drilled well using L-rods made from a wire coat hanger.

Cheers!  K
3 weeks ago
Hi Jeremy.

Still interested in having you here at some point, all depending on your travels of course.
Trying to do the solar thing, but honestly it's not my forte, so slow going diy.

Cheers!  K
4 weeks ago
The pavers would be great to build a Spiral herb bed.  

Cheers!  K
1 month ago
I taught my daughter the miracle of a seed sprouting, the birthing of a goat, the nurturing and patience that comes with all of it all.  

Care for the Land, and the Land will care for you.  
Care for the animals and they will provide for you.  

Simple,... The basics of spirituality, of caring, of nurturing, and thus the roots of interconnectedness.

I am Pagan.

Cheers!  K
Hi Matt, and Mike.

My partner says 219F is the temp he brings the sap up to when finishing, and does the drip thing on the spoon that Mike describes.

Cheers!  K
1 month ago
The Mighty Oak, The King of trees, thus regarded by the Irish and Scots.  It was against Celtic Law to fell a living Oak for a profane purpose.  A sacred tree in times gone by, and still to this day in my family, I was raised to never fell a living Oak.  

My homestead is covered in them, and as my mother taught me, I have taught my daughter, Oaks are sacred, the King of trees, and I am comforted to have my home among them.  So lives on an ancient tradition, in reverence of Nature, Oaks in the building of such magnificent structures as that of Notre Dame.  

The fading trades that built Notre Dame will now come to the forefront of her rebuilding.  Without such an events as this fire, would these Old Knowledge Trades have survived?  Every available Craft Person of these ancient trades will be called upon, and new ones trained.  This is a project that Modernism can't respond to, but the near forgotten Trades will see a rebirth.  

There is more to be said here, yet I can't, at this moment, put into words, the feeling is that Ancient Wisdom is at work here.

Cheers!  K
1 month ago
Some 35 years ago I walked inside this Cathedral, the stones under foot worn from centuries of visitors to such a site of marvels.  Yet, nothing is permanent, and so I witness the images of these recent events.  A sadness overcomes me, yes, but nothing is permanent.  

Such an event marks my memories, and so shall I pass along the stories of such Iconic Places that I have seen and been.  If the Rosette stain glass no longer be there,... I did marvel at its beauty, I stood there, in awe of the workmanship, of its timelessness.   Yet, there is no such a thing as permanence, and so we move forward, in sadness,... yes, but move forward, non the less.  The essence of what we call History, is a recollection of what was, and in most instances, is no longer.  

The telling of the stories is what lives on, through the generations.  I am a stories teller.  I so hope we are many.  
How can we know where we are going, if we don't know where we have been.

Cheers!  K
2 months ago
Hi Jeremy.

We are still here in Ontario, if you should come this way be sure to drop in.  

Cheers!  K
2 months ago
Hi Noah.

Really enjoyed your post.  Sent you a PM.  

Cheers!  K
Apparently there are 2 waves of Boomers; 1st wave, and the 2nd.

My elder sibling is part of the 1st, and I part of the 2nd.  True to form my brother did in fact the whole best education, best job with retirement, investment portfolio, and the consumer thing.  
I on the other hand, being at the end of the Boomers, got their scraps, with no chance at any form or type of security whatsoever.  I can't be a Unicorn in this historical situation, there are many just like myself.  I do remember kicking the "mainstream system" all the way, as I still do.  Seen some things I thought I would never see in my lifetime.  

I do believe that we End Boomers did pave part of the way for a return to the Land, for inventiveness and ingenuity, for finding ways to get by without the system, for circumventing it.  After all, are many of the Founding Permaculturists not Boomers?!  Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, even Paul Wheaton himself?!  As with anything, using a WIDE BRUSH to generalize eliminates many, many allies to a cause, and we need as many allies as possible, to tip the scale, yes?

I dare say, that today's techno gadgets may be seen as the cause of pollution, and Corporations global interference/economic chaos in decades to come.  
I agree, all this finger pointing, and blame game is counter productive.  Maybe this is the decisive era where the true definition of Ethical living and Community will come to light, regardless of which generation we hale from.

Cheers!  K
3 months ago