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How To Use An Instant Pot As A Steam Juicer – DIY

By Heather / August 4, 2020

Having extra fruit I decided to see how to use an Instant Pot as a steam juicer. This actually wasn’t my first thought as originally I had just watched a video on making juice with a steam juicer and I thought… “I need to get me one of these”. Going to Amazon I checked out […]


Visit From A Cedar Waxwing

By Heather / July 28, 2020

Sitting in my office today I glanced out the window and saw a hairy woodpecker. I immediately grabbed my camera as there are mainly downy woodpeckers in the yard and I only get a hairy maybe once a year. Heading out the door and startling all the birds, I found a chair and sat quietly […]


Garden Tour 2020

By Heather / July 26, 2020

Below is the West Coast Garden Tour 2020. This year I’ve been practising succession planting. So when I pull something out when it’s done producing, I plant something in its place. Not sure how it’s all going to turn out, but it’s more fun than leaving the soil bare. This year I started all my […]


Hugelkultur Above And Below In A Raised Garden Bed

By Heather / July 20, 2020

I waited until now to post this as I wanted to see if this method would work and it has exceeded my expectations. This spring I was trying to defeat the quail from dust bathing in the garden. I got so frustrated as they kept digging up all the plants as they pressed their bodies […]


A Western Tanager Found The Suet Bar

By Heather / July 15, 2020

As I was sitting at my desk this morning I took a moment to look out the window and to my amazement a male western tanager landed on the suet. I quickly grabbed my camera (which I keep by my desk for just these occasions) and quickly snapped a couple of photos through the window. […]


It’s Huckleberry Time!

By Heather / July 14, 2020

In my garden, I have a huckleberry bush specifically for the birds. I keep hoping it will keep them away from my blueberries and raspberries but hope springs eternal. Looking out my office window I can keep an eye on it and observe the different birds that love the little round red balls that are […]


When Is A Weed A Weed?

By Heather / July 12, 2020

When is a weed a weed? This question came up for me when I was doing some research on flowers in my garden. Years ago I had bought a plant at a local craft fair and the seller told me it had beautiful yellow flowers. Well at that point in time I really didn’t have […]


Pileated Woodpecker – A Backyard First

By Heather / July 3, 2020

Over the past few days, I’ve had a Pileated Woodpecker show up at my suet feeder. I’ve never had one in my backyard before and have very rarely seen them around on the island although I know they stay here all year long. The ones that I’ve seen before have been at higher altitudes and […]


I Listened To The Wind

By Heather / June 22, 2020

I listened to the wind today. I heard it calling and beckoning to me. “Come play,” it said… “come play”. Then blew the grass sideways and laughed. The trees bent their branches under its force. Their trunks swaying as it pushed against their upright bodies and then snapped back into place as the air passed […]


Homegrown Meal

By Heather / June 19, 2020

After last week’s fiasco of eating pizza on Friday night I decided that this week I would spend some time in the garden harvesting dinner. Not that it was a chore or anything. I love working in the garden and I have the suntan to prove it. It was time to thin out the carrots […]

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