late summer harvest

embracing the abundance of nature found in our gardens and gardens of friends… borage water for simple syrup // wood sorrel water for simple syrup // green bean harvest & french cutting beans // dehydrating garden herbs // crushing borage leaves // sage, thyme & hyssop infused honey // garden plum fruit leather

Back in July…

This post was originally called Lately in July… well, it’s now time for a Lately in August! Such is life.   Garden love (apples, hollyhocks, beans, borage, romance cherries) – family reunions with vinarterta and crokinole – fire station days… plus markets, a bee workshop, beach days, time with friends, and more. July was good to… Continue reading Back in July…

Beekeeping for Kids workshop

On July 21st, 25 little bee ambassadors gathered together to learn about honeybees from local beekeepers Chris & Lindsay Kirouac of Beeproject Apiaries. They participated in a honey extraction, suited up in beekeeping gear, checked out a demonstration hive, and made some bee friendly crafts with Tiny Peasant. These kids were amazing! They came curious… Continue reading Beekeeping for Kids workshop

Healthy Summer Sundaes

As sunny days grow in number, so do our kids’ appetites for sweet, cool treats… skip the costly packaged treats altogether in favour of getting your kids in action in the kitchen to make their very own sundae station. You’ll know it’s a healthy option, but I promise they won’t be rolling their eyes when they dig… Continue reading Healthy Summer Sundaes

neighbourhood nature walk

It can be intimidating to think of incorporating nature walks into our daily and weekly rhythms. The thought of packing up supplies, finding an inspiring natural space to walk, and keeping kids engaged on that walk can be overwhelming. Read on to see just how simple and fun a short neighborhood nature walk can be! Read the… Continue reading neighbourhood nature walk

Empowering kids for health

As a family of life-learners, we have shied away from traditional curriculum in favour of following our passions. Sometimes that means following the kids’ interests, and sometimes it means following ours, the parents. One of my passions has always been gardening and food – growing things, enjoying them, learning about them. So when I found… Continue reading Empowering kids for health

The Dirt on Mud Kitchens

Mud. A magical…err, messy part of childhood. Kids have a way of finding it, squishing it, smearing it, tracking it. And if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? I love the feeling of cool mud underfoot in the heat of summer and the look of joy on our children’s faces when they are free to… Continue reading The Dirt on Mud Kitchens

DIY Playhouse Project // Prep

There’s been a lot of talk around here lately about shelters – earthships, tipis, adobe, tiny homes and even beaver dams. We’ve offered to support each of the kids through the building of their very own tiny home, as a learning project and so that they will start off their adult life with a place to… Continue reading DIY Playhouse Project // Prep

tea, pie, teeth & spring!

Is it obvious I’m not in the mood for writing great titles today? A quick photo post… // healing tea for nausea – lavender, elderflower, passionflower blend // sparkle stories inspired apple turnovers, pie, and an attempt at a rustic sort of pie with the leftover dough // a little guy with two missing font… Continue reading tea, pie, teeth & spring!

Life and learning lately…

Lately we’ve been keeping busy with learning adventures and life in general – and generally the two are one and the same… A trip to the museum focused on their love for animals and interest in shelters. We did a little animal scavenger hunt through the museum and were able to find examples of a log cabin, tipi,… Continue reading Life and learning lately…