A Photographic Journey through Nature on Vancouver Island

  Nature is the ultimate healer. Connect with nature through my photographic journey around Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Contemplate the beauty of Winter and the coming of Spring. Enjoy the improvisational music of piano and cello. Please see my full photo gallery here. I love all things sustainable, local and organic. I am…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Cultivating A Community Garden

Cultivating a Community Garden I’m always looking for ways to get creative in the garden. Yesterday, we dug up the center island on our street – kids with shovels, me with shovels of compost (created naturally from the fallen leaves of the various bushes and shrubs in our front yard) and seeds everywhere – it was…

Growing Urban ~ Here We Grow

All photographs by Jane Grueber Copyright 2017 Here we go. Finally the time has come to get our food garden plans underway on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It is so wonderful to see people sharing their joy of growing food on social media. Their joy and enthusiasm are highly contagious and fill me with…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Children & Nature: The Ultimate Outdoor Playground

Cool crisp air, salty water, shells, seaweed, rocks, drift wood, waves, tides, tree roots, jelly fish, and bald eagles swooping to catch their morning meal are just some of mother nature’s offerings in her classroom. This quiet empty beach creates space for reflection, gratitude and boundless invention. Imagination roams amidst the shallow pools left behind…

The Blue Winter Sky

All pictures by Jane Grueber Copyright 2017 View my Photo Gallery here I believe it is possible to sit by the water, write, ponder and observe the winter sky over Vancouver Island infinitely. There is something about the blue and the depths beyond that intrigues. It often rains here during the winter. It is a…

Brew Tea with Benefits

The calming aroma of this tea boiling up on the stove is enough to induce a Zen-like state. Drinking it is meditative. The glow from within that follows creates a reflective sense of relaxation that is lasting and unforgettable. I look forward to my ‘tea’ ritual and its soothing benefits on a daily basis. The…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Growing A Sensory Garden

A Sensory Garden The benefits of ‘sensory gardens’ are well documented and widely written about. They can be a calming sanctuary for those suffering from traumatic brain injury, mental health challenges, developmental difficulties, or neurodegenerative diseases to name a few. For the young and young at heart, they provide a welcoming environment for exploration, learning…

Delicious Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Bread Recipe

We have been making this simple banana bread recipe for what seems like years now. When I worked with young children, they were happy to mash bananas as well as measure and mix the ingredients (after tasting them, of course). After I eliminated gluten and dairy from my diet, I knew that there had to…