Hi I’m Kiri and I’m so glad we’ve found each other! If you want (or have) a suburban homestead and you love DIY and gardening you should feel right at home here! I’m a just city girl who wishes she was a country girl, who is currently living in the suburbs. I have a house, a husband, one kid and a car that I don’t drive. I’m the one person I know that doesn’t and hasn’t ever had a drivers license…unless you count the 365 I had because I could get that by taking a written test…because I’m a nerd…and not having to actually drive a real car.
I also have one crazy French Bulldog (Bacon) and two Sphynx cats (Miss Kitty and Lion-o). I grew up sewing and cooking with my mum and building sh*t with my dad…and that was pretty perfect in my books (and I love books…cause like I mentioned I’m a nerd).
Back in December 2013 we had a huge ice storm in Ontario. It was right before Christmas and we lost power for 3 days. I remember walking around my neighbourhood trying to get a cell signal. There was a guy in a pickup pulled up beside me and rolled down his window and asked if I had found a cell signal. It was like something out of a zombie apocalypse (without the zombies of course)!
I had to figure out how to keep the pipes from freezing, keep us warm, fed and also keep the hedgehog alive. Long story short if she got too cold she would have tried to hibernate but it would have killed her. Lucky for us, we have a gas stove. So I was able to cook and heat the house by boiling large parts of water and moving them on and off the burners. So pretty much I turned our house into a sauna, but it worked and we managed just fine.
Ultimately it started for me a need to be more self sufficient. It drove home how unequipped we have become as a society in terms of taking care of our daily needs. We run to the grocery store for whatever we need, order off amazon and use Uber eats. For most people gone are the days of sewing your own clothes, making bread every day and eating out of the garden or grabbing canned food from the cold cellar. So feeling shaken from the whole ice storm ordeal, let me state up front, my dream is not to have a true homestead (yet).
I would however love to get some land in the country where I could grow much more and to have chicken, ducks, goats and a horse. I just don’t see myself going off grid, and that’s ok! So if you are curious about homesteading, wether it be in your apartment, in the city or in the burbs…then this is the place for you! I’ll share what I have learned so far along my own journey as well as sharing all my upcoming adventures!
I’ve been growing food in my back yard for years, which is indication number one that you should start a suburban homestead. But last year I dug up a quarter of the backyard with just a garden claw. With this venture complete, I committed to getting serious with growing our food and I upped my canning and jamming game. As soon as spring is here I am planning to turn part of my front yard into an edible garden! Until then, I am forging ahead with my first foray into hydroponic gardening…I have a small aerogarden in the kitchen and a big one in the basement. Upstairs in my sewing room I even have ginger and a pineapple growing!
I was born in Auckland, New Zealand but I have lived pretty much my whole life in Canada. In my younger years I was a Toronto girl until I got married and then we moved to Pickering. While there are days when I don’t like living where the air hurts your face…I do love living somewhere that has seasons. Spring, where everything starts to renew itself and serious house cleaning occurs. Summer, where cottages are visited, caesars are drunk and we celebrate the few months of true warmth that we get up here in Canada. Fall, when the trees become art, PSLs are bountiful and the baking begins. Finally winter, where the air hurts our face, when homes become cozy and Christmas is just around the corner.
Some of my other hobbies are photography, running and making purses…The Honey Bagger was my first side hustle. So by this point I’m sure you’ve realized that I am not one to sit still…I’m so glad we have found each other! Now you can come along with me on my crazy suburban homestead adventures!