down to earth

2 posts in one day!

A blog that I’ve read for many years, Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel is featuring our favourite places and spaces. Today, I’m lucky enough to be included. This place, here in beautiful Georgian Bay is where my family and I choose to live a simple, off the grid life for as long as the season will allow. One day when the children have grown, we hope to live here for half of eachΒ year. There is lots of knitting, reading. Lego, swimming and family time that we are able to fill our summers with. I’m lucky enough to have a flexible job that allows me to work remotely during the summer and different work during the school year when we return to our home in the city.

Since it can take three hours for a round trip to town for groceries, we try to plan accordingly. I stock baking supplies and pantry staples and I or my husband cook or bake every meal. There is no take out option!

In honour of possible new readers from the d2e blog, and also to use up a bit of the zucchini crop my MIL planted, I tried a new recipe for our coffee time today. Chocolate Zucchini bread – I used the recipe from here – and it turned out beautifully. Mine was not a double chocolate version as I omitted the chocolate chips. I don’t think anyone will miss them if I don’t say anything.


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15 Responses to down to earth

  1. Robin says:

    Hello! I just discovered your blog through d2e. What a lovely place you summer in. When I get a chance I will read back and catch up on your blog. I am in Ontario too, south of where you are now. I am so sorry about your MIL. I plan on trying your Chocolate Zucchini Bread. I purchased a baseball bat size one at the farmers market recently and need to use it up. Have a great day!

    • caroline says:

      Thank you Robin! Nice to meet a fellow Ontarian, eh? The zucchini bread is even better with a dab of butter on top πŸ˜‰

  2. Zane D. Clark says:

    Saw you at down to earth. Wonderful!

    Hello from Central California.

    • caroline says:

      Hello to you! We love California – I think my DH would move there for the other half of the year when we retire πŸ™‚

  3. Margie in Toronto says:

    Saw your photos today at “Down to Earth” and they are so lovely and so peaceful looking. I don’t seem to be able to comment there although I am a faithful follower. I’e just skimmed your blog so far but you seem to be a very talented woman – thank you for sharing.

    • caroline says:

      Thank you so much Margie! I think Rhonda has to approve all of the comments before they appear? I know when I comment, usually I can’t see it on the page until the next day. I’ve also followed her lovely blog for a long time.

  4. Marie Claire says:

    I came over from Down to Earth. You’re place is beautiful!

    My great grand parents were from St. Joseph Island, Ontario. I wish we still had their home in the family.

    • caroline says:

      Wow! St. Joseph Island – now that’s the true north! The rocks are amazing in this part of the world, the landscape is incredibly unique. I’m sorry to hear the family home is no longer in the family, but a summer holiday is always a tent and a canoe away πŸ˜‰

  5. What wonderful different but similar lives we live Caroline!! I’d love to do the off grid thing – I often say to my husband that we should give it a go but……. πŸ™‚ look forward to reading back over some of your old posts and will be giving this recipe a go when our zucchini’s come on hard and fast over summer which isn’t too far away.

  6. selina says:

    that looks like a very beautiful spot you have there, gorgeous views
    have only just skimmed some of your posts, good reading there i think
    thanx for sharing

  7. Gerda Roche says:

    I love your blog. Your knitting and embroidery are just lovely. Congratulations on your posting in Down to Earth.

  8. fawn says:

    Hi! I just came from Down to Earth too and am so glad that I did! You have a lovely blog and home. I am also a cross stitcher with a blog and am looking forward to reading some more of your posts.

  9. Lyn O'Neill says:

    Hi I just dropped in from Down to Earth and am very pleased to find your post about your holiday home – it looks wonderful. Will follow your blog now. Greeting from NSW Australia.

  10. Leanne says:

    Coming to say hello too from the Down to Earth blog – I am in Australia, and also love cross-stitching and crocheting.
    I have just read from the beginning, and your blog is inspiring to get those UFO’s finished. You even have me thinking about cross-stitches begun, and put away due to boredom πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to following along….

  11. Shani says:

    Hi Caroline!

    I, too, popped over from d2e, and am very glad I did. What a lovely space you occupy, and what truly lovely projects you surround yourself with. My DH, sons, and I are in the process of making a plan to ditch our current rat-race life, and what form our new life will take is unknown to us yet, but we are so eager to get started.

    I am so very sorry about your MIL’s sudden death. What a loss that must be; she sounds like she was a wonderful woman. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

    Your home is lovely, and I so enjoy the views you’ve shared. Being an introvert myself, I think I most enjoyed the thought of a week alone there as you had earlier this year. What bliss!

    Have a lovely weekend,

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