Garden Shuffling

Last week my sweetie brought me home some sturdy wooden pallets he had rescued from a dumpster to replace the ones the workmen who fixed our porch threw out by accident. I use the pallets to keep my planters of the ground for good drainage and so they don’t rot the floor boards of my terrace garden. So I set to work and arranged the pallets in a horseshoe formation and then set about organizing all my planters full of […]

My Secret Garden

After discovering The Secret Garden as a child something in my brain clicked. I don’t know if it was all the subtle folk magic that made so much sense to me or the fascinating cycle of death and rebirth of the garden in the story, but I started planning my own secret garden. It would be completely walled in so no one could see it or enter it. I even built rectangular models using cardboard and scotch tape (I was […]

Farewell Farm, Hello Mountains

I flew home on the day of the Summer Solstice. It was hot and humid in Ottawa as it had been for the past three weeks of my visit. I slept through most of the flight and then heard the announcement we’d soon be landing in Vancouver. I opened my window to the delicious sight of snow-capped mountains as far as the eye could see – the mountains upon mountains upon mountains of the land where I was born. The […]

The Witch Visits Ottawa

Mom and I hopped in the tiny black smart car and headed two hours east to Ottawa where my parents met and married. I lived there for a year when I was seventeen, but since have only come back once for christmas before my parents sold their house by the Rideau River and moved to the farm. Our first stop was the Byward Market downtown. It hasn’t changed much over the years. The food was great (Montréal smoked meat sandwiches and then gelato […]

At the Farm

When my plane touched down after midnight in Ottawa, the air was muggy and hot. The first hot humid day they’d had this year. My parents picked me up in their RV as they’d just come back from touring Prince Edward Island. My dad drove us back to the farm and we arrived around four in the morning after seeing numerous raccoons and other creatures by the road. We pulled up the dirt road off a dirt road and down […]