Welcome To Our Country Home!

We are a three generation family that left behind life in the big city to live the country dream. Since our move in 2011, we’ve strived to make ourselves more self-reliant and self-sufficient while embracing family-based living.

This blog is a spot for us to share our stories with other people who are considering modern homesteading, country living, or multiple generations living side-by-side. Specifically, we want to share our experiences in home education, home grown foods, home improvements, home landscaping and home cooking; all the while living in a multi-generation home.

We’ve grouped our posts into the following categories:

  • Home Improved - our adventures in turning a 23 acre property and a 150 year old house into our homestead
  • Home Landscaped - the trials and lessons in the maintenance and evolution of our gardens
  • Home Grown - how we work to produce our own food
  • Home Made - our favourite things to make, be they recipes, crafts, or carpentry
  • Home Educated - our journey through homeschool using the Charlotte Mason Method
  • Home Invaded - our personal stories of three generations living in close proximity

We hope you find Harrold Country Home a refreshing and honest site and choose to make it a place you visit often!

Part of our goal is to hear from people who know what they are doing who can help us get to where we are heading.  All the while hoping to help others make the move into the country or into being more self sufficient with less of the mistakes that we are making.  So if you would like to get an account to post comments, give us some tips, or ask us some questions just fire us an email and we will get you setup.

Recent Articles

Growing Organically - Crop Rotation

Rotate the crops growing in your garden to reduce soil-borne pests, optimize nutrient recycling, and take advantage of companion…

Bats in the Barn!

Why we want the bats living in our barn to stay in the neighbourhood after we've evicted them.

Our Seed Story

Organic gardening starts with the seeds you plant - where do they came from?

The Sentinel

An enormous, old Sugar Maple grows in our front yard. I like to look at it and imagine the local history that this tree has…

Inspiring Child-Friendly Gardens

We received a book about children and gardening as a gift; and I am so glad we did! The book inspires children to enjoy the…

Christmas Traditions and Children

Christmas is steeped in traditions. These traditions make the advent such a special time for children. Drop by to see what…

Growing Organically - The Seeds

If you want to be a purist when it comes to organic gardening, it will take more than following a few principles. You need to…

Butternut Squash Loaf

We discover a new way to enjoy our harvest of Butternut Squash: baked into a loaf and spread with butter. Yum!

Cocoons and Chrysalises on the Front Porch

We raise moth and butterfly caterpillars on our front porch to get an up-close look at these beautiful creatures.

Mites, Weevils and Flies, Oh My!

You can’t live in the country without getting acquainted with bugs.

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A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Home is the nicest word there is. Laura Ingalls Wilder