About Twwly

My name is Ashley.   Twwly is the name I used for modeling and other web endeavors.  I live in rural Ontario, Canada on a 50 acre farm with my family.  I’m very passionate about food, natural parenting and autonomy.  This site gives a little overview of the stuff I’m into and a regularly updated blog for your entertainment.

In short.  I didn’t grow up in the country.  I grew up in a small town.  To city folks, that’s country, to country folks, that’s town.  Like many small town youth, I swore when I left, I’d never come back.  I got an art degree, and had many a wild adventure.  But I wasn’t happy.  I moved home on a whim, to a little farm with better neighbours than I could have ever dreamed up.  I cleaned up my act, found myself, found God in the greenness of my new environment,  fell in love, got pregnant, got married and literally bought the farm.

That’s about that, eh.


  1. Leah · February 12, 2009

    Hey Ashley,
    It’s Leah not sure if you remember me. I came to your stag n doe long time ago, I actually have a weird question for you.
    What was the date of your stag and doe? I am trying to remember something.


  2. Leah II · February 12, 2009

    Hey, I’m thrilled to have found your site. I’ve been a fan of yours for 8 or 9 years. Something random made me think of you and your finger today, so I googled you. Imagine my suprise! I, too, have recently gotten hitched and had a little one. I look forward to exploring your site further.
    Leah D

  3. Nikki · February 12, 2009

    I love all your farm animals! I wanna Alpaca, and a Llama….I just found your wed site through SuicideGirls….I’m just starting out, my freelance business….I really like your wed site…Will the best of luck to you, and your family…..Aloha

  4. Nicoz · February 12, 2009

    hi twwly as u maybe know i always read your blog. and i rzad about the EC. i’m trying to do it, my daughter is almost 4month old and i just started, the problem is that she don’t “pooo” douring the breastfeeding and when she “peee” i CAN’t catch the “signals” and i never could get the peee in the bowl. what was the signals u catched before they learned to make the sound of peee or pooo????
    thanks for the answer! (my email is in the comment-form!^^)

  5. Twwly · February 12, 2009

    Leah #1 — I can’t remember the date of our stag & doe! I will have to ask my mother, haha.

    Thanks LeahII and Niki! Glad you found me.

  6. Sian · February 12, 2009

    Hello Ashley,

    I recall you having stretched lobes, and I noticed in your neck tattoo photo that they aren’t any longer. If you don’t mind me asking, did you have them “fixed”? I HATE that term in this context. What I mean is, did you have them sewn up? I ask because mine have been 1 1/4″ for several years now and I want to have them reduced/cut-off/sewn-up & wanted to ask about yours.

    Thank you and have a great weekend!!

  7. Twwly · February 12, 2009

    Leah, our stag & doe was April 21, 2006! Sorry for the slow response!

    Sian, I had my earlobes removed to get rid of the stretched lobes. There was too much scar tissue and they were too funky looking for anything else “reconstructive”. I just got sick of jewelry interfering with…life! My lobes were 1.5 inches also, shrunk down to maybe .5 an inch? .75?

    If you have any specific Qs, feel free to email — twwly@mac.com


  8. Mandy · February 12, 2009

    I feel like a complete creep, but I have been “following” you for 6-7 yrs. And by following I mean I google you every 4-6 mo. What can I say? I have a short attention span and my brain forgets to check in.

    Your SG photo blogs were always enjoyable and when you decided to move onto a farm, go through natural childbirth, and co-sleep…Well, I was just fascinated. You blogs have made me confident in my ability to achieve my own dreams. I was raised to be a hippie foodie and spent literally thousands of hours as a child at farmers markets.

    One day I’ll be in the real country with a farm of my own where I can make cheese and wake up at 5am for 5 mile runs. Because, in all honesty, I can’t think of anything that would make me happier. But until that day comes, I enjoy reading about your experiences.

  9. Twwly · February 12, 2009

    I hope you get your farm, Mandy!! And thanks for reading. :)

  10. james vandervoort · February 12, 2009

    Had to write and tell you how much i enjoy reading your blog. ALL of it! But I’m a compulsive reader…..also, I’m long winded and always have lots to say–ask Scott! (maybe a community radio thing….) Today, I just want to say that I grew up like you–town & country, but above my sink in my very downtown city apartment is an aerial photo of my father’s and his father’s farm and someday, I hope, mine as well. Suffice to say, sense memory is a strong thing, and every read of your blog and site is like a country air breeze–fresh, invigorating, smells like farm and inspires a slower pace wherever I am. Hope to visit someday soon to up the ante and join this movement. And buy cheese! Massive respect for all you and your family do—I feel healthier after each read!

  11. Marcia · February 12, 2009

    Hey Ashley, just read your comments from July 15th on my blog. I didn’t know anyone was reading it ;). http://www.cleverandlovely.blogspot.com
    I will have so much more time to hang out once the store is sold. But in the mean time…come September I have sundays and mondays off. Yahoo. Cannot wait. I so look forward to “Homemaking” for a living. (among a few other ‘projects’)

  12. Laruby · February 12, 2009

    Hey Ashley,just wanted to say that I love reading about your farm and family,the beautiful pictures always make me smile. I grew up in Aus,so got used to wide open spaces etc.I now live in the uk with my daughter and I miss the country!We are in a city,and despite our mini pot ‘garden’ of tomatos,herbs,peppers stawberries and such I just wish my girl could know what it feels like to see miles of nature not freeway!Someday I plan on buying a plot somewhere,until then your pictures are a little taste of the country :) Best wishes to the family,nice to know other people out there go for cosleeping and cloth diapers!

  13. Sarah · February 12, 2009

    I’ve been reading the ins and outs of your blog for some time now, on and off anyway… I realize you practice attachment parenting (or something similar) and I’m thinking I agree with most of the ideas of such. But I have a ridiculously selfish question to ask. If the children are sleeping with you each night, when do you find time to have sex? And do you go to bed the same time they do? Y’know, to keep things consistent? I’d really love to hear more about co-sleeping in your eyes.

  14. Twwly · February 12, 2009

    Some nights I fall asleep when the kids do, if I’m really tired. But most of the time I get up again, like any parent would.

    We have sex at night… during the afternoon…. in the morning. Whenever both kids are sleeping, just like any other couple with children! :)

  15. Sarah Jean · February 12, 2009

    Hi Ashley,
    I stumbled on your blog while doing some googling about midwives in your area. I was a student with grey simcoe midwives, I don’t know if you remember me. I’m now a full fledged midwife in muskoka.
    I love the blog, and Bob (and maggie) are gorgeous.
    Hope you and yours are well,
    Sarah Jean

  16. Twwly · February 12, 2009

    Sarah Jean, congrats on your full fleged-ness! That’s awesome.

    I am terrible with names and faces. Were you the blonde who recommended Ina May Gaskin to me?

  17. Sarah Jean · February 12, 2009

    Not really blonde (except the occasional highlighted stripe), I was Heather’s students and I was there when Bob was born.

  18. Sarah Jean · February 12, 2009

    I might have recommended Ina May, I do to lots of people….she’s pretty awesome.

  19. Heathyr · February 12, 2009

    Hi Ashley. I was a former SG member, and just discovered your blog and have been reading all about the farm and kiddos, much to my enjoyment. I have wondered since I first saw you on SG – where does the name Twwly come from, and how does one pronounce it? I always get TWILL-ie in my head whenever I look at it. Sorry for the randomness. Have a fabulous evening / week / life!

  20. Lentils · February 12, 2009

    I am 23, and 38 weeks pregnant, people think I am crazy/naive for a lot of the decisions I’ve been making regarding how I hope to raise my daughter. Its always super awesome to see other people doing things their own way. Intuitively. Thanks for that.

  21. CorIsMaLy · February 12, 2009

    I am 27 and mother to 3: Isaac-7, Machaela-4, and Lyric-18m. A few years back I came upon a beautiful photograph of you cradling your pregnant belly and clad in not but boots and tattoos. I have been following you ever since. You continue to amaze me…your parenting style, your lifestyle, your style in general. I truly admire you and very much enjoy your website. Keep doin what you do ;)

  22. Sarah Ballard · February 12, 2009

    My name is Sarah Ballard. I’m a student at the University of Wyoming and I’m doing a round up article on the Suicide Girls and the correlation between pinup and feminine tattooing. I was hoping I could ask you a few questions via E-mail. Let me know if you would be so kind.
    Thank you for your time.

  23. Tina · February 12, 2009

    Hello, I just came across your blog and I just wanted to say I totally admire your approach to being a mom. I love that you practice breast feeding, baby wearing, co-sleeping and all that amazing stuff. All of it is so rewarding and wonderful.

    One of the areas I feel I have fallen short in? I always said I would never let my kids watch Baby Einstein. And yet someone gave me a bunch of DVDs, and one day I was so tired and needed to do something, and in that weak moment it began…….dam!

    Anyway, great site, great photos, beautiful family

  24. Jeff · February 12, 2009

    I clicked onto your site from a link on SG and just realized I’ve been reading your blogs for a couple of hours! I love your farm life!

  25. Twwly · February 12, 2009

    Thank you Jeff!

  26. Kylie · February 12, 2009

    Hey, just quick cos a kiddo is sleeping and another being entertained til it hears keyboard movement.

    I Love This Blog. I sooo hope you have read Apronstringz – you and her both rock the cyber.


  27. Steve Lucas · February 12, 2009

    Just quick hi, I think this site is very cool. So full of good interesting information and not any propaganda. So great job keep it up and I wish apon you all the happiness a long family life can provide. Glad I happened on to your page at SG

  28. Nataly · February 12, 2009

    Hi Twwly !!! I love reading about your farm and family.
    And I want to ask what happened with your ring finger?

  29. Twwly · February 12, 2009

    Came off in a kitchen accident a long time ago, Nataly. It is just the very tip.

  30. BJ · February 12, 2009

    Dear Twwly,
    I’ve never met you personally but I enjoy reading your blog. I have a quick question for you, How old were you when you got your chest piece done? Did you think about it for very long before you got it? I am 21 and am considering getting a chest piece but I don’t any woman that has one to ask these questions. Has it altered any over the years and with your pregnancies and breast feeding? Thanks very much!

  31. Jessica Ann · February 12, 2009

    I used to be a memeber of SG years and years ago, when you were first pregnant! I always enjoyed reading your stuff as you documented your marriage and how your (beautiful) tattoos stretched out with your pregnancy.

    I am so happy to stumble accross your blog now, five or so years later, and see you are living in an beautiful looking farm, with your husband and TWO gorgeous kids!
    I really enjoy getting to read your opinions on farming and child rearing; you are living the dream I hope to live one day. And you are still beautiful on the outside and the inside.

  32. starbadger · February 12, 2009

    i am happy you share your joy with us all, write so well, love your pictures of goats, children and _____. It’s all good.

  33. Katie · February 12, 2009

    I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but I did, and some time ago, at that. I love it! I find it utterly inspiring – I find you inspiring! All the best to you and your lovely family.

  34. Matilda · February 12, 2009

    Youre so interesting and gorgeous! Your life sounds lovely too. :) I remember seeing the pics he took of you years ago. Total girl crush!

  35. feelingsmile · February 12, 2009

    really amazing place to live….u lucky and sweet..

  36. Lou LeRoy · February 12, 2009

    Hey Ash! Wow! I think it has been about 19 years since we have seen each other! You are a most amazing, beautiful lady… just how I figured oyu would turn out to be. :) Congratulations on all that you have accomplished in your life. Your kiddos are gorgeous and you and Scott look happy. Hi Scott! I think it has been almost that long since I’ve seen Scott too! Lots of love being sent your way from Sarnia. If you are ever in the area, we should do coffee and catch up. I’m interested in the good fight that you are fighting. Go girl!!

  37. Ib · February 12, 2009

    Hi Ashley. I’m from Russia. I’m looking your Instagram every day. Looks like Siberia :-)

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