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!

Crab Apple and Hot Pepper Jelly

Crab Apple and Hot Pepper Jelly

Although I work hard at preserving our harvest, chances are you won't find much canning on my shelves. That's because anything that requires sugar for preservation is on our "Do Not Eat" list. However, I do make one small exception. Because charming red crab apples...

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October and Thoughts on Seasonal Eating

October and Thoughts on Seasonal Eating

The writer in me gratefully welcomes October. During the primary food growing season, my time is so full that I can hardly find any energy to spare. In my head I’m exploring themes and composing paragraphs, but getting any of it down on paper seems just too...

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Crafting Face Masks

Crafting Face Masks

For the past two weeks, my time has been occupied with crafting face masks. During the lock-down, we didn't seem to need them, but now that our province is beginning to open up, more outings require non-surgical face masks. They became top priority when we couldn't go...

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Thieves Essential Oil Formula

Thieves Essential Oil Formula

A few years ago, Thieves Oil was on my daughter-in-law's Christmas wish list. I discovered that retail versions are astronomically expensive but, as I suspected, it is easy to create the blend at home. The hardest part was deciding which essential oil formula to use,...

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Herbs for Bone Broth

Herbs for Bone Broth

Bone broth has been big news the last few years. Part of the health benefit of broth comes from herbs which contribute their medicinal essence as well as their flavour. I grow many culinary and medicinal herbs, and dry them for a year-round supply.

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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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