Crowder House

Renovating an old home


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For Herb’s Sake

For Herb’s Sake

It’s been a dog’s age. This year past has been busy. Perhaps too busy. Getting attention for a region on a shoestring budget is a challenge. A big time consuming challenge. And while it’s been fun, it’s time to pick up other aspects of life again!All of that is not to say that things have remained stagnant around Crowder House. Quite the contrary. Operating two successful businesses, with a growing staff, has kept things hopping. In our spare time, we’ve been gardening and attempting to tame the landscape. The kitchen at Crowder House again looks like a witch’s den, with a variety of herbs hanging from the ceiling and walls. All a growing experiment for where we’d like to take the property. We’ve begun, and by that I mean The Man,  preparing two back fields for production next year. The plan: to grow medicinal herbs. No, not the illegal variant, but all sorts of legal herbs that help people heal. In so doing we’ll be creating aesthetic gardens, with...

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Preparing for Winter

Preparing for Winter

It was a little frigid around here last winter. Crowder House just seemed to eat up oil and wood. Much of our efforts in the past couple of months have been to prepare for the inevitability of winter – with much delight at how late it has been in arriving. (It’s expected to be a high 15˚C today!) After having the basement sprayed with foam insulation, the Man turned his efforts to another no-go area – the attic. He discovered that above the kitchen and office, the attic was insulated haphazardly, at best. While it hasn’t exactly been cold in Spencerville, we have noticed that our house is very warm. Some of our regular visitors, like Lady Lily, have been commenting on how much warmer the floor boards are. And I must admit that the kitchen and office have been far warmer. These rooms are on the north-eastern side of the house, so my hopes aren’t great that they will remain so, but relative to last year, there is...

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The Great Arbor Massacre of 2011

The Great Arbor Massacre of 2011

We’ve  complained before about the number of bugs residing around Crowder House. This isn’t just some City-Folk ranting either. When we first visited Crowder House our heads wouldn’t last five minutes before being heavily swarmed by an assortment of creatures. In fact, spending any more than five minutes outside was far from pleasant. Since then, we’ve made efforts to cut back the encroaching wilderness. The Man has cleaned out the cedar grove to the front of the house. We’ve both attacked the ivy in several places. This weekend past, with the help of Stan Linnen, the Man cleared a row of cedars and several Manitoba maples.  Once the brush is cleared (and some unsightly shacks), we hope to have a great view of the sunrise – not to mention fewer bugs. For anyone upset about the loss of trees, while I hate to have any cut, these ones will be keeping us warm. Moreover, as some of them, like the maples, had grown up as weeds, they stood at...

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