Fires blow across the country, dissolving the horizon, dulling the sun to a warm orange. The ocean is on fire. It hasn’t rained in weeks. It feels like the beginning of the end, sometimes.
Some process photos of the first few stages of front lawn-to garden-transition. There were already two beds in front of the house, and the two freestanding boxes when we moved in. I removed the sod, dug out the front beds, and made the wooden edging, staining it to match the boxes. I dug out the […]
So the plants just keep getting bigger and bigger, and the light they need keeps expanding. Our new house is close to the homes beside it, so the side windows get very little light. It’s long and narrow, back windows facing northwest, and the front window facing southeast. Southeast, but with a sunroom blocking it. […]
Our sunroom is south facing, and none of the windows open. I scraped the sunroom, primed and repainted the frames, ceiling and walls to cover up some old water damage. This place needs a replacement in the future, so I painted the walls a deep purple, to cover up some texture. I added the long […]
Here we go again! Coral condensation, sun dogs, sun halos, and parking lot tundras. This will be the last deep freeze of the year, and things are beginning to reopen again. For how long?
A Big Thing is happening. Or at this point, has happened. This summer our cases dropped to zero, and we coasted until they pushed back up to critical levels. We bought an urban cottage in that low interim, a whirlwind of masks, houses, packing and cleaning in a matter of weeks to get in before […]
A long walk after dark, doing the loop over the train bridge, seeing what there is to see. Cases are rising. Things feel weird. Lots of people acting like everything is exactly as it’s always been. There will be more summers.
Normally we go camping quite a bit during the summer. I drafted a series of checklists and bags so we can get out there pretty quickly and easily. This summer has been different. Covid, you know? campsites are booked up and I’m exhausted. Alex managed to find the last available campsite in the province for […]
Where are all my ladybugs? every summer I let my dill go to flower and allure all of the pretty red ladies to my flowers to lay their eggs. Their babies, gross larve with long legs, eat a truly incredible volume of aphids and spider mites. This year we have none. The bees just found […]
Two months indoors and some restrictions have been lifted. I am not confident things will stay this way, and I have some apprehension about us all flooding the streets. The provincial guidelines often say “while maintaining social distancing”, with social distancing being next to impossible with the guidelines. Building Frustrations. We went to Brandon Hills […]
Manitoba doesn’t get autumn. We go straight to winter, frozen and withering green leaves. I miss the golden sun, wet streets and crimson leaves cascading in the wind. I went to QC to present at a conference, but it turned out to be a much needed little pocket of reconnection and oasis in a chaotic […]
The magic of soil, water and sunshine creating a new ecosystem. Bees and monarch eating nectar, aphids and spider mites eating the leaves, lady bugs and wasps eating the aphids and spiders (and staying out of our drinks).