Bacon Jam

I shared this link on Facebook yesterday, but it would be such a good addition to any New Year’s Eve party that I thought I’d share it here too. I know I’ve spoken quite a bit about being at least a partial vegetarian (I was vegetarian/vegan for almost half of my life), but that hasRead more

The Running of the Birds

I hope everyone is having a nice December, and that you’re enjoying your holiday preparations, whatever form they take. I was heading out to the garden the other day to harvest some leeks, and took this video of the chickens along the way. Apparently they see me as the giver of all things good, becauseRead 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:

Full Circle

I knew this day would come, and I knew that I wasn’t going to be ready for it when it did. Realistically, when you have 42 chickens, it’s pretty unlikely that they’re all just going to pass away peacefully in their sleep, sparing my husband and me the unpleasantness of having to dispatch one ofRead more

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

Book Review: Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

I was invited to participate in another virtual book tour being hosted by TLC earlier this summer, and having had so much fun with the previous one, I was eager to take part. This book is very different from the novel that I reviewed last summer, but the topic is one that I have pondered on my own manyRead more

Spilling the Beans

Sorry, this isn’t the confessional post that that title would suggest. Having been vegetarians for so long, our family has always eaten a lot of beans. We do eat meat these days, but beans are still a delicious, protein packed staple in our house. While canned beans are a quick and easy way to incorporateRead more

Saltspring Island 2011

We returned from our annual pilgrimage to Saltspring Island last week, and I thought I’d share a few photos. Misty morning at Ruckle Park. We shared breakfast with a hungry sea otter: (Well, he didn’t actually share, but that was just fine with me). Spent the mornings exploring the tide pools with Grandma: The tideRead more

Book Review: Keeping Bees

I’ve just had a look at a new book called “Keeping Bees”, by Pam Gregory and Claire Waring (the book is part of Flame Tree Publishing’s Green Guides series). Claire Waring was a contributing writer to The Beekeeper’s Bible, which I read and thoroughly enjoyed last summer. At first glance, the book appears to beRead 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