OTR Celebrates June with Susanna Strickland Moodie

“Ah, Hope! What would life be, stripped of they encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.”

Susanna Strickland Moodie


Susanna Strickland Moodie was born December 6, 1803, to a family of writers and poets.  Her birthplace may have been Bungay, on the River Waverney in Suffolk, England, but to Canadians, she is pure Canada.  I rather think that she was a global citizen, having lived on both side of the Atlantic. She is best known for her book “Roughing It in the Bush” written in 1852, which provides a candid view of what it was like to live on a Canadian farm in the 1830’s.  It was not an easy life.  Coming from  middle-class English society, she was not overjoyed with living “in the bush.”  Instead, her preference was “the clearings,” her depiction of town life.

This month, OTR celebrates the life of a remarkable woman, who chose a more difficult journey.  Her life and works stand as a testament to courage and determination.

“The ordinary motives for the emigration of such persons may be summed up in a few brief words; – the emigrant’s hope of bettering his condition, and of escaping from the vulgar sarcasms too often hurled at the less-wealthy by the purse-proud, common-place people of the world.  But there is a higher motive still, which has its origin in that love of independence which springs up spontaneously in the breast of the high-souled children of a glorious land…they go forth to make for themselves a new name and to find another country, to forget the past and to live in the future, to exult in the prospect of their children being free and the land of their adoption great.”

Susanna Strictland Moodie

Roughing It in the Bush, Passage from the Introduction to the Third Edition published 1854

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

8 thoughts on “OTR Celebrates June with Susanna Strickland Moodie

  1. Hope for a better life and a love of independence – yes, it’s so true these feelings were truly at the heart of emigration.

    I love your gate, by the way – not only because it’s so cute, but it is such an apt symbol for this post!


    1. I am so glad that you stopped by for a visit. I must confess, I knew nothing about Susanna Moodie until a few weeks ago when I was researching Canadian Poets. Lucy Maud Montgomery and E. Pauline Johnson were names that I grew up with in high school, but there are so many poets that has been lost to us; unsung heroes, that lived in the past and could add so much meaning to our present day existence. With these posts, I am learning as I go along. Blogging’s greatest gift has been knowledge sharing and fresh discoveries. There is so much waiting for all of us that it is a grand thing to meet kindred spirits along the way…

      “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
      ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


  2. I tried to comment on your Bryson post but couldn’t find a spot. This is the only Bryson book I haven’t read, and since it’s about everything, thank goodness it’s short! He is great. Great review too~


    1. Hi Cindy, I have run into this before, too – not being able to comment. I checked the post and confirmed that it accepted comments! Who knows…I continue to learn and be amazed by all of the technology at our fingertips.


  3. I think it is possible I read this book. I remember descriptions of the Candian wilderness. Before I blogged I used to read to much!! I will look in the kindle library and if I haven’t read it, I will. Sounds like my kind of book!


    1. I just downloaded it on my Kindle. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to be on a farm in the 1830’s without the benefit of a support system, running water or central heating. And very, very cold. It is your kind of book! 🙂


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