Local Lovelies – Cheese

By now most of us have heard the benefits of buying local – it gives business to small farmers which boosts the local economy; it prevents the needless use of oil required to ship things from halfway around the world that we could have gotten in our own backyard. But sometimes the reasons are purelyRead more

We(s)t Coast?

I’m knackered tonight, so I’ll keep this brief. Garden Miscellany:I spotted this lovely duo of nasturtiums and spiderwort in the garden today and thought the combination was striking. Only in a coastal garden would you find this lurking in the shadows! I use seaweed collected from my inlaws’ beach as mulch, and noticed this guyRead more

Things I Love – A Good Night’s Sleep

So can anyone guess what this stuff is? Is it my latest granola recipe? An experimental garden mulch? A failed attempt at flower drying?They’re actually my favorite thing to sleep on – buckwheat hulls! What you’re looking at is what’s inside the pillow that I sleep on every night.I bought a pair of these pillowsRead more

Soy Milk

One of the best things we’ve done to help us save money while eating healthfully was to buy a soy milk maker. With it we are able to produce 1.5 litres of fresh, organic soy milk for about 30 cents. This is a huge savings over the $4 – $5 I would pay for theRead more


I couldn’t have a blog about food and sustainability without mentioning hemp, that much maligned and misunderstood plant (which has none of the narcotic effect of the marijuana plant). In fact, I had a nice helping of shelled hemp seeds with my yogurt and honey this morning. They’ve got a rich, buttery texture similar toRead more

The Plastic Sea

I’ve managed to get myself to a computer while on vacation (my in-laws are pretty decked out in the technology department).I saw this article in The Tyee and was sickened by it, especially while having such a great time on the ocean (their house in right on the water). The worst we’ve found on theRead more

What a fun-gi!

Does anyone have any idea at all what this might be?! It sprouted up in the garden tonight, and I mean that literally. When I first discovered it, it was about 1/4 of an inch away from the top of the wooden stick, and by the time I came back with the camera, it hadRead more

I don’t actually eat meat…

Had a nice second day of holiday with hubby and the kids today (we’re spending the first week doing work at home, mainly the roof, and will spend the second week camping and visiting my in-laws). We took in an early matinee this afternoon (okay, so technically that’s not really working on the house), andRead more

The Great Turning

From Empire to Earth Communityby David KortenBy what name will future generations know our time?Will they speak in anger and frustration of the time of the Great Unraveling, when profligate consumption exceeded Earth’s capacity to sustain and led to an accelerating wave of collapsing environmental systems, violent competition for what remained of the planet’s resources,Read more