Spring Delights ~ Nature Photography

Spring has been rather rainy this year and it has coaxed out the lush beauty that has been laying dormant. As we walked through the woods, it was impossible not to envisage fairies fluttering busily and gnomes working away on culverts beneath our feet. The buzz of the bees overhead as we were playing in…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Cultivating Wonder & Skill in the Garden for All Ages

Cultivating Wonder & Skill One of my favorite how-to gardening books for children and their adults is Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy. It is a source of wonderful inspiration where everyone’s imagination can soar. Involving children in the process of cultivating a garden, growing their own food, understanding the necessary…

Growing Urban ~ Raised Garden Beds are Ready

Where we live, a shovel going into the soil does not make it far. The clang of rocks and a sudden stop don’t make the ground a hospitable place for growing food without much augmentation and work to get the soil conditions right. I am not the patient type. RELATED: Read more about our Urban…

Good Health Outcomes Start with Access to Good Food

“As there is enough food in the world, hunger is a result of political decisions. Food insecurity results from ineffective policies (social, agricultural, economic and health) at local, national and global levels  and from decisions which do not consider the elimination of poverty, hunger, and food insecurity, and the development of sustainable food systems to…

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…