Blackberry Harvest Cordial With Brandy

O híu Noshàh O hí Lúghnásádh Feed the flames and set them dancing Hail the Sun and Hail to Life Spear of fire Burn so brightly As the sunwheel in the sky Blessings friends.  The First Harvest is here.  We picked blackberries yesterday late in the afternoon under the warm August sun.  Aren’t berry stained…

What I’m Loving In July – 2020 Edition

7 pm and finally a little reprieve from the oppressive heat wave we’ve been having.  Every window is open, the fan is going.  Soon the sun will set and the cool evening breeze will start to blow through the windows filling the home with a peaceful cool vibe we’ve been looking forward to all day….

Pasta Pomodoro With Summer Vegetables

“Everything you see I owe to Spaghetti” Sophia Loren Summer came late this year but it’s now here with a vengeance.  Long hot days and nights and more than 27 degrees predicted for the next week.  We’ll be at the house at Cultus Lake this weekend with my husbands family, a yearly tradition. Tonight I…

A Pilgrimage To Meares Island – Visiting The Hanging Garden

   “We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.” The first time I heard of Meares Island was in 2009 while watching Northern Wilderness hosted by Ray Mears (no relation).  During the episode Ray joined Gisele Martin, a young   Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman…

Date Night At The Red Accordion

  “Growing up in the Pacific Northwest as a young girl, whenever I felt emotionally overwhelmed, I would take a walk in the woods. Being in the stillness and grandeur of trees has always calmed me.” ~ Brenda Strong The Red Accordion is a quaint Pacific Northwest inspired bistro hidden in an old character home…

A Walk At Kanaka Creek Cliff Falls

“After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.” We picked Mom up Saturday afternoon and headed to Kanaka Creek Regional Park for a walk to the Cliff Falls and the Salmon Hatchery.  Kanaka Creek Park is in the city of Maple Ridge a 40 minute drive from Vancouver.  The weather promised sunshine and…

Hiking The Lions Bay Loop To Crystal Falls

Time: 2 Hours Open: Year round Elevation gain: 175 Meters Round Trip : 5.0 Kms Difficulty: Moderate (there is a lot of uphill and steep downhill areas) Monday was sunny and very warm.  My husband and I decided to venture out on a hike we’d never done before:  The Lion’s Bay Loop to Crystal Falls. …

Products I Will Never Buy Again (And What To Buy Instead)

I’m not one of those passive aggressive people that sit behind their computer spewing bad Yelp comments from the safety of anonymity so with this review I don’t mean to sway anyone in any direction. You may find products here that have worked perfectly well for you.  The products I mention here are just ones…

The Things I’ve Been Loving – June 2020

“The scent drifted past the thousand-year-old cedars. It wrapped around the soaring trunks, caught on the rough bark, slid softly across the moss covered branches on unseen currents of air.  Deep in the forest a black bear sow lifted her head and wrinkled her snout” Hi,  Welcome back!  Today I’m sharing some of the things…

My British Columbia Bucket List – The Places I Want to Visit

“The combination of high winds, frequent fog and tidal surges makes this coast a particularly lethal one. When boats or planes or people go missing here, they are usually gone for good”- John Vaillant from The Golden Spruce   British Columbia.  Vast sprawling land.  Mountains, islands and seemingly never ending forests. The northern tip of…