Simple Living: The good life


Simple living

Simple living: a pathway to a secluded spot to simply sit.

Smallbones is about sustainable, natural and simple living. I live very simply. Simple living is empowering. It’s thumbing your nose at mass consumption & manipulative corporate power. It’s learning what’s important in your world.

I’m a gardener, learning more about growing my own food every year. It’s a challenge as I’m surrounded by beautiful, towering Black walnut trees that exude a substance toxic to many vegetables, so this year I’ve joined a local CSA as well.

I was very fortunate to move from downtown Toronto to this tiny hamlet on a lake in 1998. I’m the happy owner of a simple, old (1855) house, complete with vestiges of the original builders. I love things that have withstood the ravages of time, especially if they were originally made by hand with love and care.

This website used to be a selling site with a blog; now it’s a simple blog. Also, I used to have a shop and my office in the front part of the house – they’re back to being the ‘front parlour’ and the guest room now. Part of simplifying my life was making my home life more simple as well. I no longer have to stay indoors in case a customer arrives (although I still welcome local people who call ahead). I now sell mainly on-line from my Etsy shop with the natural things I make and used to sell here (plus more) and antique and vintage things inherited from my mother, plus some of my own collection. Part of living simply is not trying to keep everything, even if it is beautiful. Letting go of some things isn’t easy.

Simple living also means more time is available to you (at least in theory) – more time for family and community, the things that really matter.

Anyway, please have a stroll through the posts. I hope some will resonate with you!

About me

Contact: jane [at] smallbones [dot] ca

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  1. Cate McBride

    Hi — I was doing some digging into McBride history and found your posts on Pinterest. William McBride was my great-great grandfather. I’ve seen Lilac Lodge on trips to Gores Landing (my grandfather, Wm. Charleton McBride, liked to take us there when we visited in the summers) but didn’t know William had built houses too. I’d love to have a look at your house if you don’t mind, as an homage to my family history.

  2. Meg Lloyd-Jones

    Hi Jane: I have a chair that needs a new cane seat, and wonder if you’d be interested in this small project. I will be near Gore’s Landing tomorrow and again from August 14-17. Thanks!

  3. Kelly

    Hi Jane, I was givin your name after posting and asking for help on facebook…
    I need a chair cained, do you do this, I have pictures if you can.
    Thank You

  4. Susan (fleurami)

    I’ve clicked subscribe and received a confirmation but when I clicked on the link it came up with a page not found message.

    I live in anold house. It’s approximately 600 years old and build from part of an old chateau. The whole square where I live is made from the chateau. I love my house. It’s not ‘grand’ but it is very much home.

    • “Old” is certainly different depending on where you live. Your chateau sounds absolutely wonderful, Susan! I had no idea that you were in Europe.

      I have no idea what the subscription problem is, but I’ll try to find out. Thanks for letting me know. I’m no expert at these things.

      See you on DTE! Readers: Do you know about the wonderful forum called Down to Earth Simple Living? You’ll find it here:

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