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…

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…

‘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…

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…

Healing Herbs ~ Hyssop for the Garden

“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Ancient Native Proverb   As I write about the different herbs in our garden, my hope is that I…

May – I need more hours in the day!

Originally posted on nodighome:
The temperature has fallen (again!) and the wind can be so cold, but things are hotting up in my no dig greenhouse and polytunnel. Germination is so rapid it feels as though seeds are popping almost as soon as I plant them, thanks to the heat mats and heated propagating bench.…

In the Light ~ Nature Photography

 “The light of love restores every lost voice.” ~ Janette Oke There is the perpetual sunshine bringing a smile to all those who pass by. Then there are those who unveil themselves to the world to show their true strength. Even when they lose something, they remain whole. Those who feel the light deep inside…

Beach Time on Vancouver Island: Nature Photography

As summer approaches, the anticipation of hot sun, soft sand, barnacled rocks, lapping waves and cool ocean air washing over my mind and body gets me a little giddy. It’s never too early to head to the beach and take in all that its wonders. Little treasures are found along the way when one is…