Welcome Purslane

Welcome Purslane

This time of year, if I had to depend only on what I plant, I would carry home much less food from my garden. The promise of abundance is there, but very little is ready to eat just yet. Thankfully, the wild edibles that volunteer in my plot and its periphery are...
Eating Nettles

Eating Nettles

In the spring just as the tree buds are becoming leaves, it’s time to start looking for nettles to harvest. If you find a patch, it will likely be abundant. Nettles, Urtica diorica, are wonderfully good for you, high in nutrients and with many health benefits....
Tapestry 4-2

Tapestry 4-2

Foods and nutrition … Abigail and Felicity were ready and eager for a Tapestry Day now that the weather is on our side once more. We had a beautiful day for our foods and nutrition exploration: How to recognize, gather and eat that wonderful spring tonic –...
First Bites of Spring

First Bites of Spring

After an unnatural cold snap that would not go away, my first visit to the community garden last week was pretty bleak. Even my kale leaves had been destroyed by day after day of below freezing temperatures. It’s not what we’re used to here in the Pacific...
Wings Over Water

Wings Over Water

We took a long weekend to attend the Wings Over Water Festival at Blaine, Semiahmoo and Birch Bay, Washington. This area is part of the Pacific migration flyway, and mid-March is prime time for watching birds. Birders come from great distances to add to their life...
February Textures

February Textures

Paying attention. Today’s artistic challenge was to capture textures in nature using my DSLR camera. These shots were taken at Harrison Lake and Harrison Hot Springs. I have a special love for textures. I use them to give depth and interest to my design work....
The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way

Six months into retirement. Even considering that the last half year has included the dark months, I have been living joyfully with a sense of freedom, peace and abundance because now I have … time. Time to contemplate, time to appreciate, time to release the...
Lyme Notes

Lyme Notes

Until about a decade ago I had never heard of Lyme disease, which means I’ve lived most of my life without that fear. But now a number of sources call it an epidemic, and I know people who have been hit so I feel a deep concern for keeping my grandchildren safe.

Tapestry 4-1

Tapestry 4-1

Out into nature … We’ve had a few dry days and today’s forecast was sunny with a high of 10°C, so the conditions for my plan were as perfect as you could hope for in January. And my plan? The exciting craft of building a fire. I picked up Laureli and Cariana at...
The Thana Doula

The Thana Doula

“Doula” was a new word to me only a year or so ago. In translation from Greek, it means a woman of service. Today, in our culture, it refers to a pregnancy and birth coach-companion. What a wonderful idea. Lately I’ve been involved in a series of...