family2In 2013 I quit my 9-5 job, sold my 817sf condo in Gastown (Vancouver, BC) and transferred my life to a 1/2 acre property on Gabriola Island with my partner. This blog chronicles our journey through homesteading and parenting in the Gulf Islands.


  1. Have to admit I am so jealous of your island home & life. I’m trying to achieve a homestead here in Northern England, but the land prices are just mad.

    • We are definitely fortunate to have affordable land in the gulf islands, otherwise none of this would have been possible! Where in the north are you? J is from Huddersfield!

      • There is a surprisingly large English population here on the island, the owners of Woodfire are from Nottingham and we’ve run into some others from Stoke. English invasion! Haha

  2. Hi! I’m a new fan of your blog and wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! It’s designed to help bloggers connect and promote eachother. You can check out more info about it in the link below. I’m excited to follow along and read more of your journey, and hope that you’ll follow mine as well! πŸ™‚

  3. Found you through the Goodreads F word group and I love your site, great inspiration for my own, definitely going to save it πŸ™‚

  4. Hi there,
    I believe I found you via a post on the SF Mistressworks site. Trying to track down some folks who might be interested in reviewing a sci-fi screenplay (short), written by a female author. Not sure if you’re still doing sci-fi reviews (or if screenplays are in your area of interest), but would love to chat more if so!
    Thanks so much, and have a great rest of your week!

    • I don’t think I have ever sat down and read a screenplay, but I’d love to! You can email me at taylorhaigh84 at geemail dot com πŸ™‚

  5. I think climate has a lot to do with what you can and also struggle to do. When I lived on the west coast I could grow anything and the amount of projects I could do was incredible. Now I am in the south and the bugs can be quite the infestation to an organic garden. Any project can come to a stand still because of the weather. Never consistent so one day it can be storming and the next humid. I give it that it is beautiful here and green. And the amount of land and space you can get for a lot less is nice. Slowly I will get back to the west coast. Your land sounds amazing and I have enjoyed reading your posts. I’m going to dream through you for now! Your pictures are so beautiful and I love your easy writing style! Good reads! Take care and best wishes, Koko πŸ™‚

    • The fun thing about our move is that we are still close enough to the city to make the trip for work or shows, but far enough away that it’s quiet and relaxing here hehe. Maybe you can find something similar somewhere! πŸ™‚

  6. Hi: Very interesting! Live in Calgary so not that bad here yet but have friends there…. Sounds like you made a great lifestyle choice! Thanks for the follow and I look forward to following your adventures!

  7. Really interesting and inspirational story…….I live in Sydney with what sounds like the same busy lifestyle and crazy property prices….and one day, in not too many years, I;m sure I will pack it all in for some chickens, green space and a veggie patch! Thanks for following Feast Wisely!

  8. I have to congratulate you on breaking free from the hamster wheel that I was on for nearly 27 years. I was (like you) burnt out and tired of making an income in an environment that didn’t suit me for things I didn’t have any time to enjoy. Keep it up, you are doing great I am now working on leaving the city for the beauty of nature around me, you have much to be proud of.

  9. How great that you’re living the way you want to, realizing what’s most important for you. Inspiring! I found you from the blog You’re Not Alone in this World. It’s nice to meet you! Jenny

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