Hey you! Thanks for checking out my blog. My name is Ashley, and I am a 27-year-old city girl who likes to pretend she’s living in the country. I live with my boyfriend of nearly 7 years, Sean, our rescue mutt, Tessa, and a small flock of button quail, hereby referred to as my “apartment chickens”.
A quick history lesson – I grew up between Calgary, Canada (population 1 million +) and Kelowna, Canada (population 125,000) and now I currently live on the outskirts of Calgary again, in a 1400 square foot suburban townhouse that’s attached to 4 other townhouses, complete with a tiny, north-facing backyard that gets hardly any sun. However, I try not to let those facts stop me from creating a life that I love.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore my home – but it’s not quite the country house on a few rolling acres complete with a peppy flock of hens, a massive veggie garden, and a couple of goats happily grazing in the field. That is the home of my dreams, the home that someday I will hopefully have. But for now, I’m doing what I can, where I am, and I’m doing alright.
It’s safe to say that I’ve always been a city kid. I’ve never lived more than 15 minutes away from a 24-hour drive thru and a Wal Mart in my whole life. That being said, I’ve been interested in developing skills in self-sufficiency for the better part of my 20s.
I grew up surrounded by parents who loved to cook, but I never held a homegrown vegetable in my hands until I was 25. I had never even considered the difference between organic / grass-finished / free-range versus conventional food. I’ve always been creative in a sense, but creating my own food from scratch? From, like, ingredients? That was a whole other concept to me.
From the time I turned 20 and moved out on my own, until now, 7 years later, I’ve been dedicating much of my spare time to developing these otherwise forgotten skills – things like cooking from scratch, gardening, knitting, baking, preserving, implementing sustainable practices in my home, and just generally trying to create a more self-sufficient life as best as I can in my little suburban space. And thus, Townhouse Homestead was born.
I am here to share with you my journey in learning about anything and everything, including, but not limited to – indoor and outdoor gardening, fishing, foraging, cooking and preserving, sewing, knitting, hunting, creating natural care products, and creating the most sustainable and happy home that I can.
I promise to try my very best to be interesting and inspiring, while also remaining open, honest and transparent about everything I learn along the way. I’m so glad to have you along for the ride.