Modelling Grace


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Don't Segregate, Make No Waste, Maximize the Edges, Obtain a Yield, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

Parenting consciously is just plain hard work!  The journey is as much about the children as the parent.  I have grown and learned so much about myself as I have ventured down this path of gentle parenting.  But as difficult as it is to look at the ways I could be more gentle with my […]

November 25, 2015

Weed Whacking


From Pattern to Details, Inner Permaculture, Make No Waste, Observe and Interact, Obtain a Yield, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

How may things are needlessly judged as weeds?  What makes some things less worthy to be considered as the indicators of a need?  Isn’t it the weeds that show us where we need to plant more of what we do desire?  But our culture is expert at sussing out ‘weeds.’   The trouble is that sometimes […]

November 13, 2015

How to Step Into the Darkness


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, From Pattern to Details, Maximize the Edges, Obtain a Yield, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Unschooling

We are blessed to live in Canada, with four seasons.  The season of autumn signals the beginning of turning inward.  A time for dreaming and planning while cozy indoors for the winter months.  But it doesn’t seem so enticing as the days are growing shorter and we are losing the time in daylight to wrap […]

November 12, 2015

Our Candy-free Halloween Party


Create Vision and Respond to Change, Cultivate Diversity, Food, From Pattern to Details, Life Choices, Make it Yourself, Maximize the Edges, Obtain a Yield, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture for Children, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

Last year I wrote about what I wished Halloween could be for our family.  I dreamed of a day when we could enjoy the spirit of Halloween in community without the abundance of candy and general tone of consumption.  I wanted it to be filled with joy, excitement and good wholesome fun.  This year, with […]

November 6, 2015

Hunkering Down


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Food, Integrate, Make No Waste, Maximize the Edges, Obtain a Yield, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

Harvest season has been a long haul this year.  I have had a hard time keeping up with everything, from the influx of fresh food, to the realizations that we need to move on to bigger and better things.  The crux of our business is from the two greenhouses Rob and a friend took on […]

October 23, 2015

Harvest Season


Catch and Store Energy, Food, From Pattern to Details, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Make No Waste, Maximize the Edges, Obtain a Yield, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

At this time of year, harvest is abundant!  Processing food for the winter months is all consuming and the incoming volume of produce seems relentless.  We have been working our way through bushels of tomatoes, peppers, apples and cucumbers that have blessed our counters.  It’s hard to see that volume of perishable food as a […]

September 28, 2015

The Sound of Crying


Create Vision and Respond to Change, Cultivate Diversity, From Pattern to Details, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

Our culture has a very low tolerance for crying.  I know this because I feel it in my gut every time one of my children begins.  I think that our mammalian instinct to run to the aid of our child has been misplaced.  Instead of a genuine care for the well being of our child, […]

September 16, 2015

Respecting Play


Catch and Store Energy, Cultivate Diversity, From Pattern to Details, Obtain a Yield, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

I have struggled with the idea of playing with my children.  I have never considered myself as being too ‘good at it.’  I’m not sure how that’s even possible, but I often feel like I have ‘better things to do.’  It stings just to write those words.  I watch my husband return home from work […]

September 14, 2015

Building Community with Skill Share


Cultivate Diversity, Forest Gardening, Integrate, Observe and Interact, Obtain a Yield, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture for Children, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

This past weekend we invited friends over to learn how to graft fruit trees!  Rob and a couple of other attendees have attended workshops with Ken Taylor to learn how to graft onto root stock.  There were a few reasons for us to host a work party.  Realistically, we have been meaning to do this […]

September 2, 2015

“Vacationing”


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, From Pattern to Details, Maximize the Edges, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

The truth about vacations with children is that they are hard work.  We just returned from a trip to the city with our three children, aged 5, 3, and 1.  We had an amazing time.  We visited family, an aquarium, a train museum, took a ride on transit, and visited a science centre.  All together […]

August 27, 2015