Welcome to this collection of thoughts and ideas I’m compiling as I craft a somewhat different life in retirement from the one I had as a full-time graphic designer working in the world of not-for-profits. The overarching theme of this website is sustainability in personal life. It’s a space where I can explore pursuits that fascinate me. If they fascinate you too, I’m delighted that we can spend some time together.

Like all personal odysseys, I expect this one will shift and morph. You may find my posts hovering over a topic for a while, and then darting off to look at something different that catches my eye. The changing seasons will drive the content too. Even so, I have no doubt that clear themes will emerge over time.

If I had to summarize in one short thought, it would be: “Now this is something I want to remember! I’d better write it down. ”

Enjoy!

Slow Roasted Duck

Slow Roasted Duck

Roast duck. So decadent, right? Surprisingly, slow roasting a duck turns out to be easy and economical. For well over a year now, we've consistently been able to buy frozen young ducks at our local grocery store for $2 a pound. We look for the largest one we can find,...

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Purple Dead Nettle

Purple Dead Nettle

I thought I was familiar with all the common edible weeds in our area, but it turns out that I was wrong. Here’s a new one for me, and these notes are the result of my studies. In early spring, when almost no other wild edibles are ready to harvest, this one is a...

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Dear Friends

Dear Friends

I hope this blog post finds you healthy in body and mind. I think about each of you and pray for your well-being, whatever circumstances you find yourself in just now. At our house, we are hunkering down, which isn’t a big leap in the retired life. Our goal right now...

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First Nettles

First Nettles

On February 26, I harvested the first nettles of 2020. As one of the first wild edible greens to appear, and full of vitamins and minerals, nettles have long been used as a spring tonic. My patch is just beginning to sprout, so this first basket is a token, a promise...

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Gilbert and Sullivan Comic Operettas

Gilbert and Sullivan Comic Operettas

In honour of Frederic's birthday, let's talk about Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, which have achieved a kind of cult classic status in our family. Quotable quotes for every situation abound and pop unbidden into our minds. Recognizing references and snatches of...

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Hemp Heart Milk

Hemp Heart Milk

Sometimes a brilliantly simple solution presents itself for a problem you didn't realize you had. We are a mostly dairy-free household and I never buy cow's milk, except to combat mildew on the squash vines in August (but that's a different story). I buy canned...

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Hummingbird Feeder Heater

Hummingbird Feeder Heater

This guest post is by my husband, Jim Bush, who loves to analyze, problem solve and invent. Jim here! Often, I have looked at the design of a retail product and thought, “I could make that.” Before retirement I never really had enough time to prove it true, but now...

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Fighting Colds with Thyme Tea

Fighting Colds with Thyme Tea

I would guess that thyme and sage are familiar culinary herbs every cook has used as flavouring. Less well known, I’m sure, is their value in helping to fight cold symptoms and all kinds of bronchial problems. This is one more reason to dose up on home-made bone broth...

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Fall Updates 2019

Fall Updates 2019

Much has been happening in the last five months. It has been an extroverted time filled with people, events and travel, unlike winter which feels like a more introverted time of reflection and creativity. Thinking about how to organize this update, I decided to work...

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Coconut Milk Yogurt

Coconut Milk Yogurt

Cow's milk has been gone from our diet so long that living without it is easy. If goat feta or chèvre is on hand, there's nothing much to miss ... mostly ... except yogurt. Plain, live culture yogurt used to be one of my favourite foods, not to mention an easy way to...

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Apple Turnover Microfarm

Apple Turnover Microfarm

A new phrase for me – regenerative farming. At the end of July, we participated in the Eco Living and Home Tour on Salt Spring Island, and I met a kindred spirit. Apple Turnover is the clever name for a one-and-a-half-acre homestead being regenerated by Elisa Rajthe...

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Lime Mint Purslane Salad

Lime Mint Purslane Salad

I've been eating purslane in smoothies, soups, and cooked dishes for years because it's so nutritious, not to mention completely easy trouble-free to "grow" in the garden. This is my first purslane-based salad, a perfect sweet and sour combination of early summer...

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