Let it Snow

The Gulf Islands are a chain of islands located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. From the air in summer time the 13 major islands and  450 smaller islands look like emeralds in a bracelet. This week those emerald islands are frosted with an overlay of snow and they glitter like diamonds.

Walking Lightly One Step at a Time

Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face and your home is plugged into nature. Your home energy usage or carbon footprint might seem trivial, however, as much as 17 percent of CO2 emissions come from private home electricity usage, heating and waste. Wasting electrical energy prompts CO2-emitting power plants to produce more…

Cabin Renovation: Simple Green Living

Thirty years ago my husband and I were city dwellers still spending most of our time working  for someone else.  Then we made a life changing decision, a decision to make our simple dream come true.  We moved to where we wanted to live,  purchased a home, committed to voluntary simplicity and built our own…

Are you a tree hugger too?

The thunderclouds collided overhead and the rain hailed down like bullets.  Wind howled,  limbs cracked,  whoosh  —  two earthshaking THUDS, seconds apart, shook the ground.  For 90 years they stood on the bank of the creek but now they spanned it laying side by side.  Bent and broken never to be mended, our two big…

Green Home Renovation Lessons Learned

It all began with the surprise announcement that we were spontaneously undertaking a large and expensive project within a time limited window of opportunity.  Two weeks ago I assumed it would be completely done by now. How wrong I was. Our recent green home renovation, repair and house painting scenario has caused us to pause…

Connecting Kids and Nature

We islanders got the dry spell we were craving and quickly exchanged our gumboots and umbrellas for sandals and sunglassess. We’ve been celebrating a week of gorgeous weather outdoors and that’s why I’ve been so scarce. The rhododendrons are heralding spring and the green background is punctuated with natural color again. The forecast is for…