Give Your Garden Some TLC: Transform Your Neglected Outside Space

Photo: Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Sometimes, you can spend so long decorating the interior of your home – making it a cozy haven where you can display family memories and travel mementos – that it means that your garden space doesn’t get given much thought. If the kids use your backyard to play it can become a little messy around the edges. Often this is when you start to have no inclination to get out there and enjoy the space. Therefore, a little Tender Loving Care in your backyard space could be just what it needs to make it a haven and an environment that can be utilized by the whole family.

Here are some ideas to help you to spruce up your garden space and ensure that it’s no longer neglected. Read more

Anthology ~ July Edition ~ Coastlines

Weekend Anthology - July 2017- Coastal Reads
A stunner of the Amalfi Coast c/o Jan Tielens on Unsplash

Here’s a slightly tardy round up of the best links on the web this July. But first a wee #islandlife summer update…

Who is loving all their sunshine, friends, campfires and road trips of our North American summer season? And what about my southern readers? Counting down the days until winter is over?

We’re having a pretty brisk summer here on Haida Gwaii. I think there’s only been handful of days of 20C+ weather. But luckily, the things I love most about summer here are still everywhere: beach hangs, berries and festivals. We’ve been busy picking salmon berries and huckleberries and can’t wait for thimbleberries, salal and black berries. And in the meantime, you might catch me scrolling through photos of the Amalfi Coast, planning for a ladies getaway next year. Oh, the contrasts of life.

Onwards to some of the internet’s best links these days. I’ve been dreaming of coasts around the world. From the Italy to Mozambiqe, here’s a bevvy of coastal reads and links to inspire your weekend.   Read more

Motivation Monday: On Procrastinating

For the last two months I’ve had a wonderfully creative, amazing, glittery, golden idea in my mind. But it hasn’t happened. I’ve been procrastinating big time. Thinking, planning, daydreaming, reading, pinning about this idea but not doing.

Until this past weekend.

I’m building an alter/bookshelf this month like my life depends on it. I’ve been reading Sonia Choquette’s Tune In: Let your Intuition Guide you to Fulfillment and Flow.

The theory is that this alter will ground me. It will be a place to practice my newly researched, “tuning in”. This little gold/white/pine structure will hopefully invoke creativity, love, forgiveness, patience and doing-ness. My shelf will channel Barbara Streisand with it’s 70s pattern, gleam the gold of South Africa’s Karoo region, the bright whites of floating clouds and some untouched pine to anchor me to Mama Earth. This alter/shelf is meant to remind of my ability to listen to what Choquette called my Kefi, my inner voice, my gut. No pressure, right?  Read more

Empress of the Garden: 7 Sweet Rose Treats

Roses have been revered through the ages not just for their showy, complex blooms but also their health and nutritional benefits. Today you can find a plethora of rose treats to consume or slather on your gorgeous bod. About 2,000 years ago roses Greek scholar Pliny declared that roses could cure a minimum of 32 afflictions – everything from urinary tract infections, scurvy and scars. In more modern times, roses are said to have seven different skincare benefits according to the folks at Organic Authority.

Personally, I’m admirer of bloom and smell of Damask roses and Nootka roses. Growing up in rural British Columbia, I drank rose hip tea and at rose hip jelly. My grandmother taught us to chew up a rose hip and smear it on a fresh bee or wasp bite to take away the sting as children.** Major rose producing countries that specialize in distilling down 10,000 stems at a time include are Bulgaria, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt and India.

Today, you can find rose essence in everything from cocktails to facial toners. Last summer I was so inspired by the uber fragrant Nootka roses in my neighbourhood, that I distilled them to make a rose elixir to add to everything from soda water to ice cream. I’ve even bathed with rose petals and replenished my skin with rose essence. Since February is the month of love and roses, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite rose-infused or inspired finds. So instead of buying a bunch of roses for your sweetie this February, grab him or her one of these rose treats.  Read more