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. ”


Wilds for a September Smoothie

The hot, rainless summer was emotionally draining. Wildfire smoke choked the air and vegetation withered for lack of moisture. My favourite wild greens offered no comfort; instead they hid their faces. Only purslane seemed to thrive. Now that the rain is back and...

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The Tapestry Begins

First, out into nature ... Laureli, Cariana and I headed out at ten o'clock to explore Clayburn Village. We parked by the old schoolhouse since much of the village parking was taken up by trucks and utility vehicles. The usually sleepy place was bustling. The...

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Parsley Power

I've been studying a plant medicine course for the last eight days, and was introduced to a herb recommended for heart health and brain function - gotu kola. This prolific little green grows wildly all over southern Asia and is well know in the herbal traditions of...

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Purslane and Quinoa

Purslane volunteers in my plot every summer, so for weeks on end I come back from the garden with bags of this delicious bonus vegetable. Here is the way I most often prepare it. Omit the meat if you prefer a vegetarian meal, which is equally tasty. Purslane and...

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Garden Relish

I've been planning to make relish for several weeks now, but my time was eaten up by many other demands. Now, cucumber and zucchini production has slowed and I don't have enough of either to do a batch of relish. Never mind, I'll try combining them. I spent quite a...

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Pumpkin Spice Mousse

  Pumpkin Spice Mousse Dairy and egg free 1/2 tablespoon gelatin1/2 cup water (filtered)1 can coconut milk (organic)2 cups pumpkin or squash (baked and cooled)1/4 cup coconut sugar ((or substitute stevia))cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves, nutmeg1 teaspoon...

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Sweet Rhubarb Flatbread

  Sweet Rhubarb Flatbread Vegan. Gluten free. Relatively low carb if you omit the raisins. 6 liquid ounces rhubarb (cooked and sweetened)3 liquid ounces water1 teaspoon agar agar6 liquid ounces water3 tablespoons flaxseed (ground )3 tablespoons chia seed (whole)3...

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Pumpkin Seed and Dandelion Leaf Pesto

You don't have to limit yourself to spring dandelions. Just pick the newer growth and avoid the old leaves 4 cups young dandelion leaves 1/2 cup olive oil 1 or 2 garlic cloves two sprigs basil 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 teaspoon sea salt Lightly chop the dandelion...

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Rhubarb Discoveries

Rhubarb Juice Instead of Lemon Juice Bring 2 cups of filtered water to a boil, add 2 cups of sliced rhubarb stalks. Cook for four minutes, then strain off the water into a measuring cup. Pour this juice into an ice cube tray and freeze, then bag the cubes for later...

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