Where is it?

Can you see my little friend hiding beside the black pipe?

We have a lot of these all over our property due to being beside a swampy muskeg area. They can be found in a multitude of browns and greens…😊

When we first moved on the property everything thing we cleaned up had one hiding in, under or tucked away somewhere. They love my greenhouse(dark brown almost black), in the garage(brown to green…depending on where they are found and how long they have been there.)

Love my Toady friends. They help keep the bad bugs at bay…well for the most part.

This guy is about 3inches big and just about as wide when he was flattened out in the grass. He scrunched up and hid in the pipe trench when he realized he had been seen. Haha! 

Family Time

Family time, camping, nature and no devices, except for photography. 

Our youngest daughter(9) experienced camping for the first time. Yes, we lived compltely off grid for 3yrs in our yurt…whichwas very much like camping but not. 

Campsite #1

Smoke from the huge wildfires here in BC

More smoke….

Campsite #2

Mt. Robson

July 13th- growth…

Hen and chicks blooming

Even with the Flea Beetle infestation my 2nd sowing if radish is growing

Carrots are slowly growing.

Frost hit my potatoes hard but they are fighting to grow.

Swiss Chard

Golden beets

Three dill types

My Marigolds are getting lost in the dill.

My little harvest of Blueberries.

Pretties at the driveway.


Bees are loving the blooms

Pickling cuckes are blooming.

Ooo…found a baby cuke!

Hot Peppers

Hot pepper flowers

Echinacea bud.

We have had some crazy frosty nights on our property. The temperature has hit as low as -1c a few nights ago. The days warmed up a few time to +30c, but aren’t getting warmer than +20c. 

My greenhouse is doing well. My garden is slow but growing. 😊



Basil ~ Ocimum Basilicum


My morning harvest

  • Rich moist, well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • 1-2ft tall
  • Flower in July and August

O. Basilicum ~ Genovese O Comune

O. Basilicum ~ Sweet basil

O. Basilicum ‘cinnamon’ ~ Cinnamon basil

O. Basilicum ‘purpurascens’ ~ Dark Opal basil

O. Basilicum~ Thai basil

My favourite herb to grow. 



Comfrey ~ Symphytum officinale


Comfrey in my very dry flower bed next to the driveway.

  • Rich moist soil
  • Zone 3
  • Full to partial sun
  • 3-5ft tall
  • Flowers from May through frost.


Our adventure 

Young buck

We went for a impromtu adventure on Sunday, July 2nd. We headed up a road to Granisle and then on a back road to Smithers. It was a great adventure.

Mama moose

We saw 2 female moose, a young buck, a doe, a doe with twins and a black bear. 😍❤So awesome!

Babine lake at Red Bluff Provincial campsite.

Babine lake is the second largest natural lake in BC at 152.8kms long and 9.65 km wide…307kms2.

Babine lake from Granisle

The mountains that make up the Babine Mountains Provincial Park.

Mount McKendrick

Hudson Bay Mountain, Smithers

Mountains towards Telkwa

It was a wonderful way to spend a day. The whole trip took about 3hours. Not including stop during. 


…and so it has begun…

It has begun…

All summer and late into the fall my kitchen will be cluttered with boxes of jars, rings, sealing lids, multiple canners, towels and all the tools for canning.

The counters full of pots and bowls full of fruits and veggies waiting their turn to be made into yummy winter food to feed my little family. 

There will be herbs and produce quietly waiting their turn in the dehydrator. They will become dried spices for my winter cooking, tea and soup mix.

My family just loves tripping over my canning gear. They know their complaints of my snarls(yes, I get moody, that’s why I don’t can with others) and messes are to be kept quiet if they want eat good during the long winter. 😜

I love this time of year. It is when I do my biggest share of “contributing to the family”….as long as the garden and greenhouse do well. 

Time to get the 12jars of Rhubarb juice out of the canner.

Isn’t it just a delightful colour?!