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

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

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:

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

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

Sour Puss

Ours is a family that loves big flavors.  Salty, bitter, spicy, sour – you name it, we love it.  Even the kids adore things like garlic, dijon mustard, kalamata olives, and tonic water, which is a dream for me, ’cause there’s no way I’d enjoy cooking nothing but plain pasta or white bread sandwiches. OneRead 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

Chick Update

I woke up to the sound of rain this morning and did a little happy dance. It’s been well over a month since we’ve had any precipitation here (except for a couple of minor sprinkles that didn’t even get the ground wet), so my garden is suffering, as I’ve been avoiding watering too much inRead 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