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Solstice Seeds of Intention

This week my garden has been getting a little online attention. Exciting but also a little bit crazy Рpeople out there are finding and reading my online rambles… It is obvious that using tags helps with this. Do folks search tags when looking for stories to read? I will have to try this out myself.

In the past 48 hours  we have had some torrential rain, and it remains over cast and drizzly. What a difference a generous soaking has made in the garden. All of the plants are standing up strong, and full. Hydrated, nourished ready to have their cells multiply and divide. The energy in and around the garden can only be described as vivid. It’s as though you can hear the plants chattering – an extensive variety of weeds have also appeared. I didn’t think we could have an exclusive relationship – I  like to reflect on the integration of “weeds’ and “food” or I guess “not weeds”.

This year, the bird life on the land has been exceptional. I don’t recall hearing and seeing so many species hanging around the place.The number and variety of birdsong is even greater than those I can actually see and identify. This afternoon – there were killdeer, red wing black birds, robins and swallows – interestingly in groups of three. I don’t know enough about numerology so I won’t attempt to read into it. At any rate the bird life is a rewarding gift of the garden and rains…

All of this is leading up to June 21 – the summer solstice, and father’s day. I do love this time of year, and realize it is another opportunity to practice non-attachment. In one way it is a potentially sad reminder that the days will begin to shorten, and in the immortal words of Jon Snow “Winter is coming”. At the same time if provides an opportunity to stop and be present and enjoy every second of daylight- while setting intentions for the next six months.

Planting the seeds in the garden roughly six weeks ago – was an exercise in setting intentions. The intention to water, weed, care for and harvest – the intention to write about the experience. A joyful feeling.

Reflecting on my garden, I realized the influence my dad has had on me and my yard work projects. As a child I was always attempting to grow things – some grew, some didn’t. My parents gave me free reign, and I took to gardening and lawn care like a natural. I never totally knew what I was doing, I still don’t!! I have however always enjoyed it.  Wandering through the beds, I see the rhubarb, and hollyhocks sprouting up from seed. These plants take me to my childhood backyard where the rhubarb and hollyhock are still growing thirty years strong.


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Wee Beasties

So first things first, the garden saw some fatalities this week. The bedding out vegetables I planted about a month ago, were hard hit. There will be no Cauliflower, all four plants out of the game. One Brussel Sprout was hit, and I am anticipating the rest to follow suit. It would appear that the Purple Kale (of which I have no intention of eating…) may be the strongest of the lot.

Oh well, this is the garden of experiments – as luck would have it, only after the discovery of wilted plants, then pulling them up and finding grubs/maggots on the roots – did I find this information online Mistakes to Avoid… 

Alright, alright I will know for next year. At this point I am going to focus on what is still alive and celebrate their continued growth, make offerings to the garden gods that no more pests find their way to my house, and pray for just a little (well a lot) less wind! To be noted: there are many baby grasshoppers about. 

And that is how I feel about Cabbage Grubs ūüė¶  

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Patience (or lack thereof)

The wind is non-stop. I for one, am pretty much done with it! Keeping the garden watered has been a huge challenge, the wind just strips the moisture off the top. I can only imagine (and I am sure not accurately) the dustbowls of the 1930s. Between the wind, the dust, the inability to grow food or make and income…

I don’t claim to be a historian, but I will say ¬†Barry Broadfoot’s Ten Lost Years had an impact. My dad had a copy, and of course it ended up in my hands – I was probably 13 or 14 when I read it. Pre high school English curriculum – thinking back to English 10,20,30 ¬†I am disappointed that Grapes of Wrath was the required reading and not a Canadian equivalent, being honest all anyone talked about was Rose of Sharon feeding the dying man – grow up I know‚Ķ In Grade 11 I had to read and write an essay on Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell – yes a depression era story, but my story of that essay writing experience should be saved for another day – I am sure my mom will agree!!

Any rate, back to the garden – A few hiccups this week.

WIND!! Power Outage for several hours one evening. I had no idea until the water from the hose started to sputter and gasp. I went straight to the garden from my car – didn’t go inside. Apparently the well requires power to operate to it’s best ability.

Garden being used as giant cat litter box Рten acres and the garden is the best place for it. Always where the tiniest  sprouts are coming up. IMG_6666

Came home Tuesday Evening to find little Grizzy snapped almost in half – I found a band aid, and some gauze and chopsticks for a plant splint – she seems to be surviving, but is she thriving? In my focus on a single plant I neglected to water one bed and came home Friday to semi wilted peas and more wind!! ARGH.


All is watered and I¬†even started weeding. They are just big enough to bother…

I will say that I am not confident in my carrots – give them a chance I know – but still I can hear Blake Shelton on The Voice – and I am pretty confident growing carrots is not in “My Wheelhouse”.

Lack of patience and expectation, my nemesis (nemesi?) were leading the way this week. Lucky for me this article popped in my newsfeed: Is There a Way to Make Plants Grow Faster? 


Thanks to fellow blogger Р for a great write up on Ten Lost Years and made it possible for me to not have to use an Amazon review… Canadian Encyclopaedia (I just discovered this today), and for the patience…

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Gardening by the Northern Lights…

Spring ,such an exciting time of year! Just today I realized I have a year-long project I can document from start to finish! No one else in cyberspace may be interested, but I am putting forth the challenge to myself to follow through. It has been a long time since ol’ Roadnoises has shared a post – this is a teaser of the season to come. What started out as a work type blog with no real point of reference now has one!

Friendship, family, and integrating perspectives over a summer of gardening! A while ago, I was chatting with Tina about gardening, she mentioned she’d like to have a garden. I said, “well I’ve got 10 acres and a raised bed plan that’s been collecting dust for the past three years. I can’t seem to convince RC (my husband) to help me build it.” Tina’s response was “we could build that!”. I felt a little foolish at the realisation but got excited and starting believing that – hell yes – we can build it! Of course now RC is going to “help out” but still‚Ķ. Girl POWER! I feel a little like Adrian Dingle’s, Nelvana of the Northern Lights!


Today I ordered the lumber, it will be picked up tomorrow and some other materials. Construction scheduled to begin May 1-3. I anticipate – barring a blizzard (which is not out of the question) we should have it finished and planted by the Sunday night in time to watch Game of Thrones!

So bear with me, as I write about this adventure and experience in perspective. My plan to document its progress, the experience, the produce, the harvest, the preserving of food and ultimately the cooking and eating of our collective efforts! Last year I was constantly posting photos of flowers to a FB album – this will be that but better!

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Our pets make up such a huge part of our lives. Old age is insidious, and the fact that they never want to let us down, a testament to their love and ability to live in the moment. Take a few minutes to read Carol’s post from the saintsrescue blog.

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A teacher I had a few years ago, challenged me with the question of “where do you come from”? I honestly didn’t know, I was convinced that it had to be a very complicated, mind blowing concept that would take me years to find the answer!! DRUMROLL…… The Earth!

 Duh, of course. The human body is definitely from the earth! Everything we have in our daily lives started out as raw materials, from the earth. Every colour we see can be found in nature (from the earth). We go back to the earth. Regardless of how hard we try to deny it, life is a cycle, we are all connected, and we are all attached to the earth.

The recent flooding all over Alberta, especially in the south hit me hard as a very real reminder that we are just visitors here on this planet. While in Iceland, there were magnificent natural wonders everywhere – overwhelming at times in their beauty, and again confirming my status as a visitor here on earth. Iceland inspired to get out into my own backyard more often and enjoy my local natural wonders.Takk Fyrir Island!








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~ The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

I just love this photo. As the month of June wraps up, and we head into July (summer!) with Canada Day, School Holidays and other summer delights – this photo is perfect for whatever adventure you seek, experience you have, and acceptance you feel. So get out there, and take that first step!!

Let it come from your heart


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“A Village at the Edge of the Arctic” – Raufarhofn, Iceland

I had the privilege of visiting here at the start of June. We saw Arctic-Henge, met the man behind the idea, and stayed with Maddy (who is interviewed in the film). I counted no less than 7 species of sea/shore birds in her back yard. Including the Common Eider (this was very exciting as a birder, when would I ever see one in Canada?) Enjoy!

“We are proud to present the teaser from the documentary movie we have been filming recently in Raufarhofn!

Documentary project about the impact of international volunteering in isolated rural areas in the northeastern part of Iceland. The Documentary film take place in the village of Raufarhofn with the cooperation of Worldwidefriends Iceland volunteers and The Tracker Company.

The intention of this project is to let the world know about this situation and therefore to promote the beauty and the wonders of these people and their village.

This is a non profit project.”

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Lazy hazy days?

These cats are the best mousers going. Do they need to be lounging on my expensive coveted La Fume-made in France lawn-chair? I say “no”. It’s funny how we create or modify memories and assign worth to material items. This chair is ten years old, faded and well loved. Yet, everytime I haul it out I take a moment to think back to our time on The Malahat in 2004. When I see cats on it, I catch myself thinking “not on my new chair”! Funny indeed.


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May 23, 2013 · 9:38 pm