Creating a Vertical Garden from Pallets

Creating a Vertical Garden from Pallets

  We live on a park with a hill and there is an ugly 7 foot tall concrete wall between our house and our neighbours. Last year I got a bunch of pots and some flowers for the wall. This year the project got a lot bigger! Mark and I built this garden wall recently […]

Solar Thermal Heating

Solar Thermal Heating Although the majority of the renovation was fixing and replacing, we had decided to install an insulated, attached, front drive, 3 car garage. As we had already decided to heat the home and garage area with solar thermal we were able to put the flexible polyethylene (PEX) into the flooring of the […]

Growing Tomatoes from a Slice

Growing Tomatoes from a Slice

I was reading a post from Mother Earth News last spring that said you can grow tomatoes from a slice. The post tells us that you can grow your tomato plants quicker and easier, following this easy-peasy tomato slice method. They sent me to the Little Things blog http://www.littlethings.com/grow-tomato-seeds/ Little Things demonstrates just how easy it is to […]

How to Decipher Grocery Lables

How to Decipher Grocery Lables

I am very aware of what products I buy from a grocery store and usually shop the edges where the fresh, not processed food is. I always, always read the labels as well. I recently came across this info graphic from Woodside Health & Tennis Club that does a pretty good job explaining the different labels […]

Move up housing

Move up housing

This is an amusing video from the BBC1 showing a Hermit Crab ‘swap meet’. As hermit crabs grow, they need larger shells. Since suitable intact shells are sometimes limited, competition often occurs. The availability of empty shells depends on the relative abundance of gastropods and hermit crabs, matched for size. If the crabs vary significantly in size,  the […]

Rethinking Recycling

Rethinking Recycling

Breaking the Lawn Habit

Breaking the Lawn Habit

Consider the amount of work, water and resources spent on a product that only requires more work, water and resources. It is time to think about repurposing our lawns. It may be time to try a different kind of seed, this can be in the form of a water-saving garden planted with native and drought tolerant plants, even  an […]

Passive House Explained in 90 Seconds

Passive House Explained in 90 Seconds

I just love this vimeo from www.PinWheelBuilds.com. Passive Houses are energy-efficient buildings that use 80 to 90% less energy. This vimeo explains the concept in 90 seconds.  

Best Scratching Post Ever…

I love nature and head to the hiking trails whenever I can. Here’s a great video from a camera set up in the woods.

Baxter Learns to Count to Ten eBook

Baxter Learns to Count to Ten eBook

Enhanced eBook NOW Available! I am a really big nature lover and I love to photograph Butterflies, Bumblebees and other small animals, insects, flora and fauna. I also have a very remarkable and loveable dog. Baxter shows us nature through the eyes of a loveable, sometimes sloppy, somewhat slobbery, very large dog and teach children to love nature […]

Drone Films Dolphins and Whales off California Coast

Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California has recently filmed and edited a 5-minute video that contains  beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage ever taken with a drone from the air of a huge mega-pod of thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California as well as three gray whales […]

The Secrets of Sugar – the fifth estate – CBC News

It takes me longer than most to shop as I read labels and try to avoid anything that I can’t pronounce or understand. I rarely buy canned or boxed items but when I do I can’t believe how many items have sugar as one or more of the ingredients. This is a very important video […]

Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 1

If you don’t want to live next to a corporate farm with 15,000 pigs or have fracking happen under your property the government says tough luck. The corporations have a right to make money or do they? Communities are finding ways to avoid big government. Check out this video.

Baxter and the Butterflies eBook

Baxter and the Butterflies eBook

Available on iTunes! I am a really big nature lover and I love to photograph Butterflies, Bumblebees and other small animals, insects, flora and fauna. I also have a very remarkable and loveable dog. Baxter show us nature through the eyes of a loveable, sometimes sloppy, somewhat slobbery, very large dog and teach children to love nature […]