I love living on Cortes Island B.C. Canada… it’s A (The) Place in The World where I belong!!! With all its natural beauty, forests, lakes, ocean beaches and shores – as well as an amazing community that has always made me feel welcome – I really cannot think of a better place to call home.
One of the things I most appreciated during my visit to Costa Rica is the “farm to table” experience at La Carolina Lodge while on the Six Petals Rainforest Retreat. This resonated with me since I am a farmer on the West Coast of B.C. and base my diet mainly on what I grow in my garden. I found it very intriguing to see the different plants that grow in Costa Rica.
As much as I knew that the diet was going to revolve around rice and veggies, I had never seen rice grow or what the plant looked like up close. So it would have been very Unlikely for me to walk out in the garden and guessed it was rice growing all around! Eventually, as part of the retreat we were given a garden tour and got the low-down on all the plants they grow, how they preserve them and cook from their garden. It was a very cool experience.
Spring is in full bloom on our beautiful little island, and all around the garden Lines are popping up everywhere. From the trim of the garden beds, the fence posts, all the stems and the leaves of the plants. But have you ever just stopped to check out the flower petals? I think flowers are pretty amazing; they attract bees that pollinate, they grow food since many are edible, they bring so much colour of joy to our eyes, and every single one of them is unique in its own way even on the same plant or species. Just check this orange tulip. All the subtle hues of colours and the gorgeous Lines and striations on the petals!
Spring is in full force, with all the flowers and seeds Awakening from their winter slumber and their colours bursting Open. I have to say it’s a pretty inspiring time of year! I love watching all the action and the surprises that appear a little more each day. One of the things I love about planting perennial flowering bulbs is that they reproduce yearly with more foliage, depending on where I planted them; some comes up in bunches and others in spots I had not imagined a flower would be. Tulips are one of my all time favourites, maybe because they are some of the first ones to unfold from their cocoon of leaves. But don’t get me wrong, I love all plants. I wish everyone a wonderful gardening season…
Billie was the second dog I ever had in my adult like (so not counting my family dogs). I rescued her when she was 3 years old from a very abusive situation. I had her for an amazing 13 years and she was a totally amazing dog – in fact even people who were not “dog people” loved her. She also was the first dog I ever had who actually smiled – and yes, this is her smiling! She smiled a lot and often, and I like to think it was one of the many ways she used to show me how much she appreciated being rescued. I loved her so much and miss her dearly. She is forever in my heart and now rests in peace after a long and wonderful life. xoxo ❤️
Sunset on Hague Lake Cortes Island B.C. Canada
I have to be honest and confess that my Favourite Place is where I live: Cortes Island, BC, Canada!!! It is one of the many islands on the West Coast region on the Salish Sea. I live on 33 acres, tucked in between two provincial parks – one of which is Kwas Park – and on the banks of two white sands lakes, Gunflint and Hague. And then there is Hanks Beach, a lush forest trails that leads you to the ever-changing sea. I take advantage of both Kwas Park and Hanks Beach on a daily basis where I get to see all sorts of wildlife, very few people, and to experience new levels of tranquility every day. On top of all this visual enchantment, I share this beautiful place I call home with a very supportive community with an abundance of talent. The bounty never ends…
There is a theory that says every snowflake is different – not as if we could ever compare every snowflakes to each other… The same can be said about every Face in the Crowd – each unique even though it is said we all have doppelgangers out there! Snowflakes float through the air individually, each with theirs own patterns and sparkle, but if you look close enough, each one has a face too. wink wink!!!
As many people around the world know, Canada produces some Sweet maple syrup… a lot of Sweet maple syrup! But what fewer people may know is that Canada has only become the world’s top producer since the 1930’s (before that it was the US). And today, Canada produces more than 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup. In 2016, about 73,000,000 litres of the delicious golden liquid were produced!Maple syrup is made by harvesting the sap of the Sweet sugar maple trees in the springtime and then boiling it down to the desired consistency. I happen to be a big fan! I use it in my baking, to sweeten my tea and my yogurt… and yes, sometimes, I just eat it straight off the spoon!!!
If you know me at all, you will know that I have been a softy for my 4-legged family members for my entire life. I was brought up in a pretty old-school Italian family and we always had a dog but it was for the specific purpose of hunting. I did not follow suit. I don’t eat meat so I’m not into hunting, and my dogs sleep in my bed! hahahaha.
In my house, my dogs are family members. I have no children and it might be a cliche but they are fur-babies and they are cherished to the max (some may say spoiled!!!) Betty and Cali are my Beloved best friends and they do everything with me. They are loved unconditionally – which they return in spades – and are always super happy to see me come home… I have had many dogs over the years and they each share a special place in my heart and I can’t even imagine not having a dog in my life. xoxo