Weekly Photo Challenge – Against The Odds

Our little paradise of Cortes Island in beautiful BC, Canada was hit pretty hard by winter storms two weeks ago. We ended up spending eight days total with no power, no means of communication or even running water – just to name a few inconveniences. We have weathered a snow storm, a rain storm and a wind storm in rapid succession, which means a lot of clean-up ahead of us. Against The Odds, we may even be able to do something with what remains of this big greenhouse where you might remember we had the most incredible tomato crop last season!!! We will rebuild! xoxo


Weekly Photo Challenge – Anticipation

Happy Winter Solstice!!!

Winter has hit our usually temperate province (British Columbia, Canada) in full force this year. It had been in the forecast since fall but we did not understand what they meant until it happened! And in my household, we are grateful for the inches of snow that have already fallen, mainly because there is a chance that it might replenish the water table and help avoid a drought for the next gardening season. With a high Anticipation for even more snow to fall this winter, we might even enjoy a white holiday season all the way into the new year. There are some out there who are not into the white fluffy stuff but honestly, we have had a shortage of water over the last few summers, in part due to very low snowfalls over the winters. So  bring it on! And it’s also a great pretext to spend extra time in the studio, cozied up with my loved ones – including my beloved zoo members of course – and drinking warm beverages.

The snow offers another benefit. I happen to be very fond of yard art and have put on display many little creatures and treasures in mine. Today I share a photo of a vintage toy with a clock concealed in its body that awaits in Anticipation to see if the snow will end up covering him completely this year or not. Only time will tell…




Rare Sight

Living on Cortes Island for 5 years now this is a rare sight of white fluffy beautiful snow.We made snowballs that stuck together ,dog walked with lots of joy  and the scenery looked gorgeous. We endure many types of weather here ,lots and lots of sunshine ,some crazy windy storms and of course rain as it is The West Coast of B.C. Canada.We ever so often have had a freak snow fall but to be honest it’s usually pretty slushy and does not stick to the ground.I share my back yard from Jan.5th 2016.This is a lot of snow for us and yes we all feel for the souls that have many feet of it right now.Except the mountains of course!!Our island is not really prepared for such conditions.So we have been in lock down due to lack of salt for the roads and power outages which caused some minor fires from sparks of fallen wires.But the zoo and I had a lot of fun in the snow yesterday.To all a safe warm Wednesday hug someone and be creative xoxoxo Laura