Introducing Our ‘Garden Surplus to Table’ Program

Connecting Local Gardeners & Small-Scale Growers with their Community ~ Fostering Food Security & Access to Fresh Foods ~ Reducing Food Waste ~ Reducing Emissions Creating a Local Food Movement The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small-scale, in our own gardens. If only 10 percent of us do…

Inspirational Sunday ~ Forest Bathing? Dive In

“What does a physician need to feel comfortable writing a prescription to someone to go spend time in nature?” For those who have regular contact with nature likely harbour a knowing about the not-so-subtle benefits on their overall sense of well-being. The concept of Nature bathing as a prescription from a medical professional is perhaps…

The Bee’s Kneez ~ Nature Photography

Bees are almost impossible to capture in action. They flutter about with such focus and determination, rarely stopping to pose for the camera. Whenever I water the garden, I am armed with my camera in hopes of capturing the abundant life, activity and beauty. My hope is that such photographs capture the very interconnection and…

Little Beauties ~ Nature Photography

It is always so remarkable to see bees in action. As I read about whole bee colonies being doused out by synthetic agricultural chemicals around the world, it is my hope that these images speak to the beauty of those most vulnerable and those we take for granted. Nature isn’t here for us to use…

Summer Flowers ~ Nature Photography

Summer flowers are here and I am obsessed. Here are some of my favorites in all their splendor. Bees make their appearance in these photographs. This year, it seems like there are fewer bees flying around our parts. We placed bee watering stations throughout our garden. They are simply seashells that fill up whenever we…

Forest Charm ~ Nature Photography

“Notice how present a flower is, how surrendered to life.” ~Eckhart Tolle My favorite way to find grounding and balance is to take to nature; to draw from its infinite well of universal energy. This provincial park in Central Vancouver Island is a treasure trove of inspiration and rejuvenation. The pastoral property that surrounds the…

Grow with the Flow ~ Nature Photography

“When you possess great treasures within you and you try to tell others of them, seldom you are believed.” ~ Paulo Coelho  I have been enjoying the escalation of colors in our backyard. It is mother earth imploring us, in her playful way, to give her our feet, our eyes, our noses and to take…

Healing Herbs ~ Hyssop for the Garden

“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Ancient Native Proverb   As I write about the different herbs in our garden, my hope is that I…

Beauty All Around ~ Nature Photography

A Sufi holy man was asked, “What is forgiveness?” He said, “It is the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed.” It is a pleasure and privileged to revel in nature especially as the colors, fragrances and textures explode all around. Borage has come back to life and once again graced us with its…

Beach Time on Vancouver Island: Nature Photography

As summer approaches, the anticipation of hot sun, soft sand, barnacled rocks, lapping waves and cool ocean air washing over my mind and body gets me a little giddy. It’s never too early to head to the beach and take in all that its wonders. Little treasures are found along the way when one is…

Wordsworth Dances with Daffodils

Just as the daffodils are slowly fading away, replaced by colorful tulips, here is a poem by William Wordsworth to commemorate the beauty they bestow upon the waking planet each spring. We planted about 40 daffodil bulbs in our front garden last fall. Amazingly, the sight of the yellow visage of a flower gladdens the…

A Walk in the Forest ~ Nature Photography

In honor of Earth Day (April 22). Every day is Earth Day. We are all stewards of this planet and must do everything to nurture our nature. ~ The spring rain brings out the most beautiful wild forest flowers. We went on a hike with a mission to seek out these meadows where fairies surely…