Over the weekend I visited an old friend’s garden. She’s an artist who creates sculptures and still life settings in her garden from found, salvaged and thrifted objects. Everywhere the eye goes, there’s… Continue reading

weekend pieces

Tea, summer fruit and no reason to hurry. A road trip, a farmhouse and family. Thirsty land, the shade of trees and a red-hot thunderstorm. Charcoal barbeques, music outdoors, farmhouse treasures. Ice cream,… Continue reading

mid summer

We’ve turned a corner and suddenly run smack into August—how did it all happen so fast? I can’t say that it’s been a leisurely summer. It’s been a head down, pounding-it-out-in-the-kitchen sort of… Continue reading

salad days

Yesterday, I had my first salad from the BVG. There’s something so incomparably satisfying about growing your own food—and better yet, eating it! I thought I’d share a little balcony-to-plate goodness with you.… Continue reading


I think these so-called lazy, hazy days of summer have turned a sharp corner into drought, and there ain’t nothing idyllic about that. In these parts, farmers are faced with the prospect of… Continue reading

my lately

It’s been hot n’ horrendous out on The BVG! The balcony’s eastern exposure ensures that the vegies, herbs and flowers are sun drenched for a good six hours daily. This past week, with… Continue reading

tea and paper lanterns

Lately, I’ve had some excellent (and thrift-worthy!) visits to my hometown, Toronto. Number Two celebrated his birthday last month, and since  his beloved Portugal was playing a Euro cup match, he orchestrated a… Continue reading

of kitchens and kinfolk

photo for Kinfolk by: we are the rhoads I leave the house and head to the catering kitchen in the very early morn, when most folks haven’t yet rolled over to shut off… Continue reading

more from the BVG

The BVG is growing wildly! These soaring temperatures and full on sun have power-boosted the vegies. There’s a Jack and the Beanstock effect happening daily. Amidst all the hauling, planting and puttering, there… Continue reading

the BVG

These past few weeks have been intensely busy on the work front. Lots of new developments are happening in the catering kitchen and exhaustion aside, I’m so excited about the food I’m creating!… Continue reading

big bounty on the balcony

This evening I finished planting my vegie garden on the balcony—my first ever, full-on container garden! After spending a crazy long day preparing food for catering and our local farmer’s market, I was… Continue reading

julie green: the last supper

I’m absolutely mesmerized by these photos of Oregon artist, Julie Green, giving us a glimpse into the creative and spiritual forces at play in her life and home. Julie’s  as passionate about making… Continue reading

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