An escapee from the big city finds many reasons to love life in a small community on the West Coast.
Sometimes it seems as if the only certain things in the garden are death and weeds. Gardeners are constantly battling those tough, sneaky and promiscuous plants that insinuate themselves into any scrap of bare ground. But what makes a weed a weed anyway?
I spent years working in an office with no windows nearby. Years under great banks of fluorescent lights with no inkling of whether it was day or night, summer or winter, sunny or stormy. And doing a stressful job. No wonder I came to realize that it was doing me in. The wonder is that I did it for so long. Now I’m lucky enough to work at home surrounded by greenery…
The other day, I was outside in my Zen-weeding mode (how does chickweed have the energy to grow year-round?) and found myself going over the successes and failures of my gardening past — kind of like mental worry beads. In the hope of saving someone else horticultural grief, I thought I’d set down some of […]
Our health is inextricably bound to the Earth’s health that we have jeopardized. The good news is that, in restoring the earth, we restore ourselves.
We tend to be amazingly cavalier about our trees, on local and global scales. Too often they are regarded not as living things but as permanent fixtures that will withstand any amount of abuse and neglect.
It’s easy to forget that a landscape is also a soundscape. One summer we were working away in the garden, so absorbed in our earthy labours that we really didn’t pay attention to the mixed bird chorus punctuated by the occasional shriek from a jay –until it stopped, as abruptly as the flick of a […]