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Northern Rough-Winged Swallow Feeding Young

July 26, 2017

Taking a walk at Muir Creek yesterday I was privileged to see a Northern rough-winged swallow feeding young. Hearing a lot of chattering I looked up and there was a Northern rough-winged swallow that had apparently fledged as it was no longer in the nest but was still requiring the parent to feed it. I don’t often […]

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Recycling Dilemma

July 23, 2017

I’m having a bit of recycling dilemma. After putting out my recycling today I was feeling pretty good about myself. We had done some cleanup over the weekend and had put out three bins separated into glass, plastic and cardboard. As I was walking back to the house, a thought struck me. Was I really […]

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Dehydrating Mint… Don’t Make The Same Mistakes I Did

July 21, 2017

After two years of failures, I’ve finally found the secret to dehydrating mint. What’s the secret you ask? Follow the experts! My Mistakes: The first year I dried mint I just cut the stalks, hung them up and put to dry in the sun. Result Left them too long they were brown and dusty they […]

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The Secret To Keeping Garden Lettuce Fresh For Two Weeks Or More

July 18, 2017

So you’ve picked your lettuce and there is more than you can eat for dinner. Here’s the secret to keeping garden lettuce fresh for two weeks or more so you can enjoy it longer. 1) Pick or Thin This year we are having a hot summer, so besides having lettuce in the garden (full sun) […]

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Stalking The Rare, Elusive California Quail

July 14, 2017

I did not start out today stalking the rare, elusive California quail, but what can one do when one hears unmistakable quail like noises coming from the underbrush. I looked, I searched and I hunted the noise. I caught momentary glimpses of them in the underbrush.  I took pictures and it was like “where’s Waldo” […]

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OMG I Think I Might Becoming A Vegetarian

July 10, 2017

I can’t believe it… but I might becoming a vegetarian. This from a person who has eaten meat all her life. Gets great pleasure in gnawing the bones until they are devoid of any scraps of meat and then pops them into the stock pot to make soup. My dad hunted (and still does) and […]

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A Walk In The Park… Hatley Park

July 7, 2017

It was gorgeous weather, sunny, but not too hot and a delightful day for a walk in the park… Hatley Park. Hatley Park is located about 20 minutes from Victoria, BC, Canada and along with being a historical site it also hosts the Royal Roads University. I hadn’t been for a walk in the park for […]

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Fresh Frozen Strawberry Jam

July 7, 2017

There is nothing better than to open your freezer in the middle of winter and pull out a jar of fresh frozen strawberry jam. It’s like a jar of sunshine especially if you picked the strawberries from your own garden. Freezer jam has always been a tradition in our family and I can’t remember having […]

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Update – Growing Strawberries In Sawdust

July 3, 2017

As the growing season is underway I thought I would give you an update on growing strawberries in sawdust. If you missed the post that I did on mulching my strawberries with sawdust you can read it here. It’s all about an experiment that I did this year to see if sawdust really worked as […]

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Surviving The Crowd

June 29, 2017

Surviving the crowd is always something that I struggle with and along with that I probably miss out on a lot of grand adventures. For example… we are looking at going to Victoria this weekend for the big July 1st Canada Day bash. It’s a big deal as Canada celebrates their 150 year anniversary and […]

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