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Bees at Work

Hello! Here are some photos and a video I took this morning of the bees at work in our garden. I planted these flowers exactly for this reason. Have a great day! – Lori And here are our finally-ripe apples – here because of the bees! We planted these trees four years ago and this […]

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Growing Resentment

This is a piece I wrote while I was still teaching full time. Now I work part time as a writer and editor. My days are luxurious, full of new learning and pleasant activities interspersed with pleasant inactivity. With time to enjoy the yard, I put in a garden again this year. Pretty much every […]

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Amid the Chickweed and Dust

I used to think I liked gardening. Now I’m not so sure. Last night, I was weeding the garden. I’d recently re-sowed some reluctant cucumber seeds and a couple of them had bravely sprouted – finally! But they were under siege, those shy little sprouts, from all sorts of chickweed and other unnamed weeds. (Well, […]

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What Careful Soil Testing Revealed About My Level of Patience

Soil testing in my garden accurately measured the level of my patience. Listen to me read this post: Dave tested his soil and found out that it was very low in phosphorous. He went to a seed plant, bought some, and added phosphorous to his garden. Now his potato plants are three feet tall. “Do […]

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Flowers in the Ditch, Clouds in the Sky

This summer I’m relaxed and happy, and there’s beauty all around. Sure, there’s some clutter in my mind and a few things weighing me down, but all in all, I’m lighter and freer than I’ve been for years. I’ll take it!

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Sweet Peas and Optimism

Hello! Yesterday was our first really warm day with the temperature sneaking up close to 20° Celsius. That’s all the encouragement the leaves on the trees needed. They were reluctant in the howling wind and 4° temperatures to pop out, but today in the warm wind, they all decided to take a chance and come […]

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Summer Mourning

Today I’m in mourning. I’m mourning the fresh fruit and vegetables, the dewy morning grass, the towering sunflowers. I’m mourning time alone and time spent with friends. I’m mourning sweet, summer wine and long, golden-lit evenings. I’m mourning summer’s loss. Maybe it’s the weather… Perhaps it’s the cool, dull weather making my heart ache – […]

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Why Thinking About Death is Worthwhile

Whenever I see a dead bird in my backyard, I feel sad. I consider this backyard with its flowers and shrubs and birdfeeder and birdbath to be a sanctuary for birds, bees, and butterflies. Those little creatures are welcome here. This morning I was out mowing the lawn in the already oppressive heat. As I […]

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Summer Gardens – A Photo Blogpost

What a glorious time of year! Over time I’ve gathered some flower and garden pictures from my travels and from right here at home. Even the simplest prairie gardens are enchanted plots teeming with life in this northern place where the growing season is so short. These first three photos were taken in northern Alberta […]

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Growing Resentment

This is a piece I wrote while I was still teaching full time. Now I work part time as a writer and editor. My days are luxurious, full of new learning and pleasant activities interspersed with pleasant inactivity. With time to enjoy the yard, I put in a garden again this year. Pretty much every […]

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