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29 July 2010

This is where I work

Today we're travelling to a Canadian dairy farm.  Look at all those cute cow bottoms waiting patiently.  I love this workplace and I'm sure Marlyn, whose home we are visiting, enjoys her work very much.  

She writes:

"I wish to share with you my favourite work spaces. I would love to say I have just one, but rather I enjoy two.


There is nothing more joyful then to arrive in the barn at 5am to the sounds of sheep calling you by name "MaaaMaaa" and cattle waiting to be milked. Animals unlike humans know patience. The cows come in one at a time know exactly which stall is theirs and start to munch on their morning feed waiting to be milked. They also enjoy a human hand on their flank and kind words. Sheep are noisy critters in the morning. They seem to want your attention all at once. They can't go out of the barn yard to pasture until all dangers that lurk in  the dawn is gone. On 250 acres of Canadian farmland there are many dangers of coyotes and wolves. They too, even though in  hurry to get to the green grass, leave the barn one at a time with some of the little ones jumping all over the place once they are free to roam.


My sewing & craft room is my love of heart. I have only had my own room for a year now, as we are slowly becoming empty nesters. My sewingroom is my Eldest daughters old bedroom, which I now on occasion need to share with grandbabies. I have always had a passion for sewing, mostly heirloom and smocking. Lately I have taken to stitching cards instead of purchasing them. These cards have become an encouragement for friends needing a smile. I also love knitting, making socks, and sweaters. And quilting of which there is always one in a frame. I was taught to sew, knit and quilt from my mother. A typical Memnnonite mom, she can do everything that needs doing ,at just the right time. She has been an huge encoragement to me as she taught me all the wonderful skills of homemaking. My sewingroom has a lovely large closet in it. I can actually fit the crib in it, but rather have wooden shelves in there to hold sewing projects and stamping/card making supplies, my ironing board. It also has a clothes rack to hang working on projects like quilt tops. I have a large cutting table and a small childs table for my grandchild to work on their artwork and sewing while Oma works on her projects.

Come visit us at Sweet Locus Lane Farm as sweetlocuslane.blogspot.com. You are always Welcomed."

16 comments:

  1. Love this post. I am a fellow Canadian and I grew up on a dairy farm, so I loved the picture of the cows all lined up in their stalls. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a wonderful story,I loved it.The cows look so good all lined up and awaiting,wonder if they have a litle gossip as we do in the heairdressers lol.Your sewing room looks wonderful too and all the better for the cot,our grandbabies are all past that now and I miss it terribley.A lovely contented life blog.

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  3. I love that you have an art table for the grand kids. I actually still have little ones and I keep supplies for my children in my sewing room as well. It's the only way mommy could get anything done and it's nice to be creating together.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your workplace, Marlyn! Your barn reminds me so much of my grandparents farm. It is a precious memory -- thanks for bringing it back.

    Barb_in_GA

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  5. A wonderful home and a gracious life. Thanks Marlyn.

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  6. A lovely, lovely post. Off to check out the blog for more info as those quilts look beautiful and I love the idea of your cards

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  7. Marlyn I absolutely love the dichotomy! Both areas look very inviting, thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love your workspaces. I was born and bred on a dairy farm and loved helping out in the dairy. I am a sewer also and will one day have a room of my own.

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  9. Thanks for sharing another beautiful work space :) :) :) The sewing room is really cute..and I love how it also shares space with grandbabies :) :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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  10. I love this post and I am now completely hooked on this blog... so much of what this lovely lady does is just what I hope to accomplish in my semi rural life... obviously no room for cows though... but I am sure I can alter my perception of self reliance and learn to grow and produce more for my families needs...

    thank you
    Alex
    x

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  11. What fun. I love the picture of all the cow bottoms lined up! Life on a farm must always be interesting. :)

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  12. Your comments are bringing tears to my eyes, as I never dreamed of so many wanting to live the life I do. Guess I am getting a taste of what Rhoda feels at this moment. Having as much livestock as we do is a constant keeping, needing all hands on board all the time.We don't have time for TV or video games, but rather hard work and a good sleep. Time off is sewing a pretty dress, and enjoying watching our family grow up and out.Most of all we are close. Thank you Rhonda for this privilege of showing my work space. And as always tanks for your blog. It is a live line to many of us. Now back to the pickles canning!

    Marlyn

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  13. I grew up on a Canadian dairy farm as well. I even milked the cows when I was a young teenager. I wish I had learned more from my grandma about knitting and sewing though

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  14. What came across to me from Marlyn was her love of her animals and family. I don't know why but after reading your comments Marlyn I feel so peaceful and calm and yet you must have such a busy life on your farm! I will visit your blog immediately. Thanks!

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