Flowers in Winter

When days are dark and cold a few flowers go a long way in adding some bright. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive – a few simple stems or some locally grown Tulips (yes, tulips are here)! Amidst snow storms and sub-zero temperatures Vanco Farms’ Tulips have been growing  and now they’ve burst…

A Tobogganing We Will Go

One of the best ways of rolling along through long winters is to find a fun outdoor activity.  If you’ve got snow and you’ve got hills where you live, you’ve got yourselves an awesome afternoon. Climb to the top of a big hill,  sit on a toboggan (sled, saucer, tube),  get your friend to give…

It’s a Marshmallow World

“Oh, the world is a snowball see how it grows…” Dean Martin’s crooning couldn’t be more à propos to the Island’s Winter this year. It does appear that the Island is one ginormous snowball. “The world is your snowball, just for a song, get out and roll it along.” The most important message from “A Marshmallow…

Wrap ‘n Roll

I love cranking the Elvis Christmas Album and wrapping presents! I’ve taken a new interest in finding unique (and eco-friendly) ways of doing so. I save and re-use paper, tags, ribbons, fabric, and interesting cases and boxes that make perfect vessels for holding gifts. This year I added more natural elements to a lot of…

An Island Christmas

Like the song, I do always dream of a white Christmas. Christmas  2013 on the Island was the snowiest in a long, long time. Last year there was just a sprinkling. This year over 60cm had fallen by Christmastime. Dreaming, was not necessary. Islanders were living the Christmas dream. If you can forget about the…

The Abandoned Rolling Pin

I’m not a big consumer of processed flour and never buy store bought pastries. But I always want to try my hand at making my own dough, because there’s something so honest and age-old about the process; mixing it, kneading it, shaping it, filling it, baking it, and savouring your hard work. I’m not the…

Home is where the Islands are

I was born and raised on an island. Being from an island is an integral part of my identity. If you’re from an island you know what I mean. As much as I love my island, or sometimes,  as much as I love to hate it, I love to leave it. I love catching the…