Keeping Bees

If you’ve watched the news at all in the past couple of years, you undoubtedly will have heard that bee populations have been dying out for reasons unknown. I was told by a local bee keeper this spring that our area actually suffered a 100% loss among domesticated hives this year, and it wasn’t aRead more

I Clove Summer

Back in early October when the weather was dreary, I eagerly planted the first crop of the summer garden. Garlic may take a long time to turn from one lowly clove into a plump head packed full of them, but it’s worth every minute of the time involved – there aren’t many meals in thisRead more

Me And My Hoe: A Love Story

Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all Pretty Woman on you, I just have to take a minute to mention one of the most useful garden tools I’ve ever had. This hand forged half moon hoe has been a godsend when it comes to weeding (my least favorite chore), making routine garden maintenance a breeze.Read more

What I Did On My Summer Vacation – 2010

A few quick photos from our holiday while I attempt to get back into writing mode. We traditionally camp when we’re on Saltspring, but this time my mom and step dad rented a beautiful old heritage home for the week. The kitchen was amazing, with custom built free standing fir cabinets and an AGA. ThoughRead more

Kickin’ Back

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m going to be away for a few more days, as we’re halfway through an unexpected, last minute vacation to one of my favorite places, Salt Spring Island. It’s been three years since we’ve had a proper holiday, so we’re reveling in the R&R, taking the occasional break to eat, read,Read more

Happy Canada Day!

Wishing my fellow Canucks a very happy Canada Day! July 1st is also the anniversary of the day we moved into our house, we have been living here for two years now. We’ll be taking part in community celebrations, followed up with a barbeque in the rain (how west coast). So grateful to live whereRead more

What’s New in the Garden

I had no idea when I decided to participate in the Kinder Gardens project how little I would actually have to contribute. It’s not like the kids haven’t been in the garden over the past month, but as far as having something concrete that I can report on, no dice. My daughter picked out a bunchRead more

Poultry in Motion

I thought I’d share a couple of photos of the chicken tractor, which, thanks to a break in the weather, is finally finished. We made it out of scrap wood and cedar trim left over from the house construction, as well as bits of leftover fencing. If you’ve never heard the term “chicken tractor”, it’sRead more