Posts by Carolyn Herriot

There’s A Frog In My Fridge!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, Gardening, General | 3 comments

There’s A Frog In My Fridge!

We used to offer farm stays to foreign travellers when we owned an acreage in Victoria; many people from around the world stayed with us over the years. I’ll never forget the day I opened the fridge to find a large taped brown box inside. Upon enquiring as to what this was, a young man from California sheepishly informed me that there was a frog in the box. At first I merely laughed him off, responding that he could “pull the other leg as it had bells on it”.   “Ask your husband. He told me to do it!” he replied. Upon further enquiry my husband told me that Dustin had found an...

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A Garden of Memories

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Gardening, General | 0 comments

A Garden of Memories

They say ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and it seems this can apply to gardens too. As I take stock of all the plants from friends’ gardens, I realize that what I have is a garden full of memories. They go back to my earliest days when I had a gardening business in Victoria called Forget Me Not Gardening, and I was taking care of 30 gardens. That meant I got to know my plants pretty fast, and some were more arresting than others.   Margaret Gordon was a 95-year old spinster living in the same house she had grown up in, in Oak Bay. One day I walked into her backyard where the...

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Gardening in a Changing Climate

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Gardening, General | 0 comments

Gardening in a Changing Climate

Is it just me or has it been looking pretty bleak outdoors? I know every tim I see the sunshine I soak it up like a starved person. This winter has been just plain depressing, colder with more snow and rain and less sun than ‘normal’. It seems to me there is no normal anymore. Once the weather gets messed up you have to take what you get, but it can play havoc on some peoples livelihoods, and it definitely affects the rhythms of food production. That’s what it’s been like for farmers and growers over the years, with climatic conditions changing to longer cooler spring seasons. With...

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Traumatic Kitchen Renovation

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Interior Design | 0 comments

Traumatic Kitchen Renovation

  Here’s a fast review of my worst winter in 50 years experience. Start with the longest winter ever, add the worst flu I’ve ever experienced, smother with the depressing ‘Trump’ effect, and toss in a full kitchen renovation and you get the idea? Gratefully the sun has just reappeared and spring is just around the corner and we are almost coming to the end of the kitchen renovation, an experience nobody could have forewarned me about! I met up with a kitchen designer employed by a cabinet store in November, and in no time he provided a plan and a shopping list. He was going to...

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Living In The Light

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness, Lifestyles | 1 comment

Living In The Light

  I have always had a burning desire to understand how the Universe works, what life is all about and the meaning and purpose for which I am here. This is a profound question I have often asked myself. I consider myself foremost a spiritual being. I have spent my life seeking my higher purpose. My faith has been tested many times. On my spiritual path I allow the mystical power of living with consciousness to help guide me through. I believe that each one of us has a true purpose and each one of us is a channel for the Universe. After we are born in the body we forget who we really are...

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Keep Super Computer Humming

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, Gardening, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Keep Super Computer Humming

It’s a fact that as you get older bodily functions slow down and parts don’t work as well as they once did. As I approach my ‘golden years’ I want to make sure that the years ahead are indeed golden, so I recently signed up for a one year diploma at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Nanaimo. I support their credo that the body is qualified to heal itself with a healthy whole foods diet and good lifestyle choices and I want to find out more. The 80:20 ratio of healthy to not that healthy works best for me. Fanaticism is no fun. It is recommended to limit intake of...

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On The Garden Path

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, Gardening, General | 1 comment

On The Garden Path

The Season for Winter Squash. We know fall has arrived when piles of colourful squash start gathering at the roadside stands. Last year I enjoyed spectacular display at McNabs Farm, where Farmer McNab told me he was growing 100 different varieties of squash, 50 of which were pumpkins, and that he had shopped the world for the seeds. I was quite amazed to discover them sold out by end of the growing season – Canadians sure love their squash! We grew a good selection of winter squash on the farm this year – butternuts and buttercups, spaghetti and acorn, red kuri, Turk’s turban,...

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