A Scents of Autumn

A Scents of Autumn It is the time of year when the purple willow sage (lythrum salicaria) put on their winter beards and their green leaves fade and fall leaving only bare stalks waving in the wind. I give thanks that they are so abundant here. In the dead of winter, opening a jar of […]

Scents and ‘Scensibility’ II

I am always amazed at the senseless marketing of scents. It is true that since the dawn of time mankind has been aware of and utilized scent as a medicinal as well as a pleasure tool. Today though, through the mad marketing mentality we are inundated with images of happy people smelling good smells and […]

What living without running water for three and a half months has taught me.

Around the beginning of February we had to shut our water off. The harsh Atlantic winter had taken it’s toll on our water lines and left us with a gusher in the yard. With six and half feet of snow at that point and another six or seven we could predict, we thought it best […]


The feasting season has ended. Now we have to deal with the leftovers. It’s a little like life. When we are young we have cupboards that are filled with wonderful, delicious dishes. All the food of our life is rampant with a rainbow of colour and a full spectrum of texture. Smells, sights, everything is […]

May your Journey Be Long

I do not usually wish people Happy New Year anymore. It is not befitting how I feel on this last day of 2014. I have been in a grand reflection during my last few months. I have had a stupendous year filled with unforeseen successes and tragedies, frustrations and joys. These are common every year. […]

Whatever the Weather

The mind in its natural state can be compared to the sky, covered by layers of cloud which can hide it’s true nature. Kalu Rinpoche I recently had an experience which showed me how true this really is. We, as humans, walk through our lives as though they were a cloudy and overcast day. I […]

A ‘Scents’ of Ethics

Over the past few weeks I have been struggling with writing this article. I am sure that it will cause me to lose acquaintances and most likely memberships to some social media sites. In the grand scheme of things that would be fine because I am learning that social media can be hazardous to the […]


There is nothing so bitter that a patient mind cannot find some solace for it. -Seneca We have reached the end of February and I find that at this time of year we all need a little solace.  We are surrounded, here in the northern hemisphere, with gigantic snowbanks filled with the striations of the […]

Settling into the Season

    “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables   So am I, Lucy.  So am I. October is my favourite month.  Then again, whichever month it is is always my favourite.  I am one of those annoying people who settle into the season.  There […]


  A term I came across while reading – rewilding.  Simply put it is the re-establishment of native plants and animals to an area that has been altered negatively by human interference.  Unbeknownst to me (and my partner) we have been performing this act of rewilding for five years now.  We have a beautiful property […]