Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spring is here. 
Here are some things from the last few days
blending work and play

infusing neighbourhood dandelion, cherry and plum blossom vinegars

while looking for a spot to pee...

working in a pond, there was a little birdie hanging around, and then I came across this sweet scene in the middle of the cattail stand. Realizing I may be causing this sparrow some worry, I stepped away for lunch to let her feel safe and sit

and then some butter-sauteed cattail shoots as part of the evening's supper

when you embrace the health-supprting offerings of our local "weeds"
 open your palate to their wild flavours 
instead of despair
the sight of them brings joy:
burdock root for tomorrow's supper

"blending work and play"
... which is which?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

  Spring is here, i notice the brown water pooling in the bathroom sink as I wash hands after a day in the garden, and welcome the first forearm rash of the season, 
and I look forward to all this year brings                   

                     burn me
                     burr me
                     bite into me
           in my tangles
              and prick me
                     stain me
       with my senses
                     rough up my skin
              and dye
                    my hands
                    steal my breath
                      morning air
                    sneak into my house
                    fall over me
                    and after it all
                    embrace my body
                      icy river

          this is life
   and i am alive

Monday, March 27, 2017

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After an afternoon in the shop, tools are tuned, sharpened, and oiled - ready to get the season going after a long and snowy winter!
Contact me to talk spring clean-ups, garden maintenance and plans for the 2017 growing year.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

I'm looking forward to hosting this experiential workshop about Evergreen Trees and Infused Honey:

Ever-giving Evergreen Honeys, from Forest to Kitchen
A Plant Walk and Infused Honey Workshop 

Evergreen-infused honeys are bright, surprising and uplifiting for both the palate and spirit, and great medicine to boot! 

This workshop will begin with a plant walk in a Nelson forest where we meet our local conifers. We will learn to identify the different trees, as well as indulge in their raw scents, tastes and textures.

Everyone will harvest a branch or two of their choosing and we will then gather indoors where I will guide you in creating your evergreen-infused honey, and we will cover tips for infusing,decanting and enjoying, as well as Evergreen Medicine.

Honey-making supplies are included and tea will be be served.

in case the poster is a bit small to read, here are the pertinent details:

-Sunday, March 19 2017, 10am-1pm, rain or shine
-Meet at Nelson Memorial Cemetery gates at the top of Falls St (2300 block)
-$35 includes Plant Walk, Infused Honey Workshop and all supplies to make your honey
*maximum 10 participants
*pre-registration and payment (by e-transfer or cash in person) required

contact me for more info or to register