Arms raised to me

Now. Raising one hand, marvel at the mechanisms, the magic, the life-force creation here around, in soil, sun and sand. Raise the other hand and the spirit slips through my fingers, its natural rhythm is in flight with the flocks, in tune with trance of trickling of the stream, with the whistle of the wind….

My first book is published!! It’s here and it’s real!

My first ever book has been self-published in print and 10 copies are lying on the table in my living room. (And it’s available on Amazon!)  I paid the UPS guy 11 zlotes for the extra taxes. At 8:24 am today. I am speechless. What an incredible blessing. To be able to take a project,…

Oh but to live in a chicken coop again

Stories of home and hearth : central Alberta, Canada – June-Sept 2013 When the Fishers and I decided to work together last summer, I was to be living out at their farm near the town of Didsbury most days in the week, and touching base with the big city life in Calgary the other days…

How to celebrate Agriculture Day with a paintbrush (and etching tool)

It was a coincidence (or was it?) that I headed out to Fire Escape (the pottery painting place in Calgary) last Thursday, May 1st. May 1st also happens to be Labour and Agriculture Day in Haiti.  I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to pay my tributes to Kouzen Zaca, the patron Iwa of farmers.  His…

Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farms – an overview

Compiled from my notes from attending the “You Can Farm” workshop; Internet research and videos – I’d like to make this overview of Polyface Farms readily available to anyone interested in: alternative farming business models making more money from sustainable farming the Salatin success story and the foundations upon which Polyface Farms has been built…

New materials, plants and ideas

So after the awesome Seedy Saturday event this past weekend I’ve made definite advances in my Calgary Woodlands design. First and foremost I purchased seeds and even a few plugs – anything from sunflowers to kale – I know I’ll need a lot more but atleast it’s a start. Have collected several dozen burlap bags…

A collage of planter ideas using recycled materials

This is a collage of a dozen or so planter ideas I’m thinking of putting into action in the new Woodlands Perma project So, basically… I’ve got to phone around local businesses to see if I can get a few shipping containers, coffee bags and the like (I love the look!!) and figure out if…

A new photo collage – for Wealth & Money area (Feng Shui)

I’ve been making collages for years, enjoying the creative process, content to decipher the mysteries of my subconscious upon completion of my work. Even after several years I’ll look at a collage differently, understand something more from the arrangement of photos that some higher force enacts through me. The layers, depth of meaning and significance…

Barbara Sher’s “Refuse to choose”, perspective altering book

Are you fascinated by Spanish guitar, Chinese cooking, running a successful language school and sailing to India all at the same time? Or maybe what makes your heart smile are rare bird species, photography, medieval poetry and chimney cleaning? In my case, I find myself simultaneously wanting to study linguistics, start a rooftop greenhouse business,…

Home-made festive wreath

In preperation for tomorrow’s Christmas party, I made a wreath today (table decoration only, it’s not sturdy enough to be hung!) Materials used: – branches of spruce and pine – pinecones and some of those red-berry bunches from tree unknown (that I found around the neighbourhood) – that fuzzy-wrapped kids wire called “chenille stems” (3$…

a new guitar and a holly jolly Christmas

After a brief stint with a 40 Euro made-in-China guitar that I first played on in Granada (which i sold for 20 before leaving), I am now the proud new owner of a beautiful classic guitar, an “étude” of the Canadian makers laPatrie (www.lapatrieguitars.com)

Introduced to woodworking

 On a whim, about 8 weeks ago, I signed up for a “Woodshop for beginners” class in Calgary, through continuing education at Chinook College in Calgary.  After wrapping up the last class last night I can now sit back and reflect on what was a fascinating, humbling and extraordinary look into the vast world of…