Weathering Challenging Times: My Gardens’ Ups & Downs

Done! Six cups Elderberries, five cups sugar and cloves resulted in six bottles of Elderberry Cordial.

In my corner of the world we’ve been pretty lucky so far. Our weather has had its ups and downs, but nowhere near what’s been happening in other parts of the world. This year has been different: apparently the current drought is the worst since 1959. Weathering challenging times like this will take more serious thought and ingenuity as climate change continues.

Hazel Bird Nature Reserve

Hazel Bird Nature Reserve

The Hazel Bird Nature Reserve is well worth a visit. It’s much more fun to explore than a playground! It comprises many different habitats including tallgrass prairie, sand barren, oak woodland and black oak savanna, which are all native to the Rice Lake Plains. On a perfect Spring day in early May we went for the first time.

Springing forward as the good life continues

Sourdough Bread

It’s Spring, finally. It was actually over 20°C yesterday and the sunshine was glorious – a reminder that simple living really is as simple as enjoying a warm and sunny day! There are Loons on the lake and ‘our’ Pileated Woodpecker has been visiting. Both of these birds will disappear from this area when all the weekend visitors arrive, with their increased activity and noise. But for now it’s lovely to see and hear them.

Winter in My Corner of Northumberland County

blowing-snow-across-rice-lake

I’d love to hibernate through the winter. Now that I’ve finally reached my ‘fully mature’ years, I understand why many Canadians want to escape to warmer climes in January. I love all the seasons, but one month of winter would satisfy my need for a quiet, cleansing and recuperation period. However, there are times…

Like today: There was a medium-sized snowstorm yesterday evening and overnight. Last night after dark, the torrent of big, fluffy flakes coming down so gracefully in the beam of the one street light I can see from a window looked ethereal.

Today, a beautiful shining sun appeared over the hill and looking out the windows I couldn’t resist the impulse to take pictures. I began in my own back yard.

Moving Forward…Smallbones & Me

Jane Weeks of Smallbones Studio

I fell in love with my heritage house on sight and decided that I wanted to live within its old walls before I’d even been inside. It was built in 1855 by Gore’s Landing’s first boat builder and coffin maker. (His photo is in the Peterborough Canoe Museum.) It’s a small and simple dwelling that retains most of its original character. Gore’s Landing is a wonderful hamlet with its very own open-twice-each-week library in the community hall.

Sustainable Living Extends to the Holiday Season, Too!

Santa's reindeer woven cane

Since opening my shop on Etsy, I’ve made many ‘Etsian’ friends and found many people who are contributing to the environmental ethic by making new things from recycled materials, or selling vintage items that were made to last! “Green Gifting” is a natural for those who care about sustainability (which is presumably everybody who would like life on Earth to carry on). Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling for 2013!