Farmer’s Wife – Margaret Ward

1918 Longwoods Rd., Wardsville ON. Hosted by Bladek Farm and sponsored by J.H. Sales & Service.  Great Windows!


This morning I set bread to rise in the warmth from the fireplace, while the two youngest children took turns churning the butter.  The churn and two new oak buckets have made life considerably easier, although I still have to thresh, grind and winnow wheat  before I can make bread. 

Along with daily chores, I plant and weed the vegetable garden,  hill potatoes and each spring I help with sugaring-off when the  maple sap starts running. There is a quilt that will have to be tied  because there will be no time to quilt it properly before the cold  weather arrives. I have most of the blocks cut from old trousers  and two coats are waiting to be cut into more blocks.

There are vegetables to harvest and dry before they are stored in  the root cellar. Apples are still hanging on many of the eighty trees  in the orchard and I must dig potatoes. I also wash and mend  clothes and prepare meals for travelers who stop over at the Inn.

The well-known saying, “A man works from sun to sun, but a  woman’s work is never done,” has proven itself true in this wilderness.

Based on excerpts from Rosemary Cranney’s “Through the Eyes  of Margaret Ward.”

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About Mary Simpson

Mary is one of the facilitators for barnquilttrails.ca, a Canadian network of quilters, rural organizations, museums, historians, sponsors and many others with a passion for rural Canada - who are working together to promote and enhance rural creativity, the arts, Canadian heritage and culture.

Posted on May 23, 2012, in Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail, Quilt Blocks., War of 1812. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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