Inspirational Wednesday ~ A New Way to Eat in Canada?

  There is nothing more wonderful than sitting in the summer sun and enjoying some non-dairy ice cream. The way the latest draft of the Canadian Food Guide is shaping up, plant-based milk AND ice cream are going to be the way of the future. The idea of two glasses of milk per day are…

Inspirational Wednesday ~ 4 Good Reads for Your Health

“Create the Visions that are Dancing in Your Soul” The following reads may seem somewhat random, but I believe that logic does flow here. Having read recent statistics cited by the Canadian Cancer Society that 1 in 2 people will get a diagnosis of cancer in their life time and 1 in 4 will die…

Growing Urban ~ Early July

The summer and the entire growing season is going by so quickly. The garden changes almost daily and we are fully enjoying our harvest. Lettuces and spinach make for simple, flavor-filled salads. We shuck peas for breakfast, snack on strawberries, radishes and broccoli. We infuse our drinks with fragrant herbs and patiently await the arrival…

Summer Fun at the Library with ‘Give Me Your Feet’

To-Gather Circle Time at Wellington Library on July 20, 2017 We are so excited to be partnering with the Wellington Branch (Nanaimo) of theVancouver Island Regional Library on Thursday, July 20, 2017 for Circle Time from 11:00 to 11:30 am. We will be sharing our debut book, Give Me Your Feet, as part of their Summer Reading Club. We look forward to seeing you there….

Meet Silva ~ A New Book

This is Silva ~ A Curious Little Girl with Imagination A Silva Moment is the latest beautifully illustrated book by the very talented Queen B. Divine.  The book introduces Silva to the world, a beautiful little girl who uses her boundless imagination, compassion, and love to create a better, more inclusive world.  Follow Silva’s adventures…

Growing Stewards of the Planet ~ My New Project

To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves. ~ Gandhi This is an exciting time for me. Not only am I living the dream of growing food for my family, I get to take my passion in a new direction. My debut Children’s Book, Give Me Your Feet,…

‘What’s with Wheat’ is a MUST SEE Documentary

“Food and medicine are not two different things: they are front and back of one body. Chemically grown vegetables may be eaten for food,  but they cannot be used as medicine.” ~ Masanobu Fukuoka In September 2016, I wrote a blog post “Oh Gluten, why do I not eat you so“. I do not have…

Urban Garden Harvest ~ Early June

It is early June and here are some of the delicious vegetables coming out of our urban garden. Our first harvest included Cherry Belle Radishes, lettuce, spinach and all kinds of herbs including dill, cilantro, parsley, lemon balm, bergamot, lemon verbena, marjoram, thyme, oregano, holy basil, and rosemary. The kids enjoyed harvesting the radishes, big…

Healing Herbs ~ Lemon Verbena

This is one of my favorite herbs in the garden. Although it is trickier to grow in colder climates, this herb is well worth a try if only for its spellbinding lemon-scent. Lemon verbena grew originally in Chile and was first brought to Europe in the 18th century by the Spanish for its perfume. I…

Summer Flowers ~ Nature Photography

Summer flowers are here and I am obsessed. Here are some of my favorites in all their splendor. Bees make their appearance in these photographs. This year, it seems like there are fewer bees flying around our parts. We placed bee watering stations throughout our garden. They are simply seashells that fill up whenever we…

Forest Charm ~ Nature Photography

“Notice how present a flower is, how surrendered to life.” ~Eckhart Tolle My favorite way to find grounding and balance is to take to nature; to draw from its infinite well of universal energy. This provincial park in Central Vancouver Island is a treasure trove of inspiration and rejuvenation. The pastoral property that surrounds the…

Front-Yard Urban Garden ~ May Update

Now that May is half over and all our garden beds have been filled with vegetables, fruit and herbs, it is time to pause and take stock of what is actually growing and to reflect on why we are growing our own and sharing it with others. ~~~ Why a Front Yard Garden? This is…