The End of the Road (Final Post at Free Range Living)

Wild Garden Lettuce

Hello blog world!   Please excuse my ridiculously long absence. In addition to spending most of our free time working on, but never completely finishing, our house (9 years in…), and establishing the garden and landscaping, I went back to work part time when my teenagers decided to give high school a shot (!!), eachRead more

The Beginner’s Guide To Beekeeping: Review

I was given the opportunity to take a look at The Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping early in the summer, and being a beginner beekeeper myself, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The book is written by Samantha and Daniel Johnson, a brother/sister duo who have also written books about raising rabbits, as well asRead more

Cottage Cheese Muffins (Solly’s Taste-Alike)

Cottage Cheese Muffins (Solly's Taste-Alike). Savory, light, hearty, and delicious!

Solly’s is a bakery/deli that we used to frequent when we lived in Vancouver (I still pop in whenever I get the chance). They make unbelievably delicious bagels and knishes, and the chocolate babka loaf is to. die. for.    One of our favourite Solly’s specialties is also one of the simplest. Their cottage cheeseRead more

July

Okay, so another whole month without a post. I really suck at this. Here are some photos of July’s happenings:    I spotted these humongous mushrooms growing in the trees a few feet from my deck at the beginning of the month. After doing some research and talking to a knowledgeable friend, we figured out thatRead more

June Update

It’s been a long, wet month, but things have actually progressed quite well in the garden, despite the lack of sunshine. The good thing about the cool spring is that the new additions to the orchard have had a chance to get established before the heat of summer sets in (see, I haven’t let theRead more

Biding Time

We seem to be smack in the middle of a stretch of typical “June-uary” weather, and my poor eggplant and pepper plants can do nothing but stare longingly out the window, wishing for the arrival of the warm weather so they can join their friends out in the garden. Some have even started flowering inRead more

The Good Life

I stumbled across this delightful BBC show from the 1970’s on Netflix last fall, and thought some of you might also enjoy it. The Good Life (also called Good Neighbours) follows the trials and tribulations of a couple who decide to turn their suburban London lot into a self-sufficient farmstead. The characters are charming, andRead more

Stella & Ruby

I had grand plans for a post about the foodie tour I did in Vancouver last week (so good!), but in the next 36 hours, I have to clean and cook for a dinner party with exchange students from Quebec, cook and decorate for my son’s 13th birthday party (as of tomorrow, both of myRead more

My Mind’s In the Gutter

I guess that should come as no real surprise following last week’s post, but this time I actually have gutters on my mind, not deformed produce. Ever since we built the coop, we’ve been planning to install gutters on it in order to harvest rainwater for the vegetable garden (which lies directly behind it), but with aRead more

Today’s Post Is Brought To You By The Letter “S”

Just a few quick photos from my day in the garden yesterday. The strawberry patch is suddenly bursting with flowers and fruit. Now as long as I can keep the robins in check, it looks like we’ll have a bumper crop. The wild salmonberry bush on the edge of my garden is also loaded withRead more