Winter Abundance

I’ve posted before about how much I love the winter garden, but it bears repeating. Don’t get me wrong, the summer garden is a wonderful thing, with its sweet fruits and vibrant colours, but a lot of the time, the summer garden is all about waiting for things to be ready. The winter garden, on theRead more

Winter Has Arrived

So glad I managed to get my spring bulbs and perennials planted when I did (last week!), it looks like winter might be here to stay:

Winter Garden 2011

I spent some time in the garden this week (in between rain storms), cleaning up the last of the summer crops, harvesting potatoes and onions, and transplanting small starter plants from the nursery bed into their roomier winter beds.    Thinning the carrot patch. Sweet babies!   I like to leave my carrots in placeRead more

Dust Bowl

We’ve had such a cool, wet summer around these parts that it’s been branded the “bummer summer” by some. If we ever do finally get a nice, hot day (or heaven forbid, two in a row), it’s almost sure to rain within 48 hours. Needless to say, there haven’t been nearly enough beach days forRead more

Wild Huckleberry Tarts

Red (highbush) huckleberries grow wild in our area, and we’re lucky to have an abundance of these bushes on our property and in the neighbouring park. My daughter went for a sleepover at a friend’s house last week, and those crazy girls spent the evening terrorizing the neighbourhood, stripping the shrubs of every last huckleberryRead more

New Beginnings

So much for the one month hiatus that I talked about way back in September (which I only got around to mentioning to my Facebook friends, now that I think about it). I hope you had a great fall and are enjoying 2011 so far! The break came about when I stepped in as temporaryRead more

Foiled!

I mentioned recently that the weather here has been unseasonably warm (the warmest January on record).  It has been so warm, in fact, that four of my hens decided it was spring and went broody at the end of December, and several others started moulting not long after.  Of course, I responded to my own instinctsRead more

My Summer So Far

It almost seems unnecessary to explain my absence anymore – it’s pretty much a given that there will be a good month or more between posts these days. Here’s a brief update. We’ve been busy working on “outside” things while the weather is good, namely the chicken coop. The coop during the framing stage. There’sRead more

May Day

I think I’m going to try blogging in the mornings from now on. I have typically written my posts in the evening before going to bed, as that’s when I usually have the most time and energy, but lately I’m too tired to do much of anything in the evenings, let along form a coherentRead more

Snowed In

Our last several days have been spent moving between cooking, eating, tobogganing, sleeping, reading, and stoking the fire. We’ve been hit with more snow in the past week than I have seen in a very long time, and I’m loving every minute of it. Fortunately, my mom and step-dad, who spent Christmas with us, cameRead more