Posted by: Kate | October 10, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by: Kate | October 5, 2016

Treasure Hunt Walk

It started out like a normal Sunday walk in the woods, me and Mr. Kate enjoying some fresh October air.

Then Mr. Kate spotted the toadstools.

We spent the rest of the walk seeing how many varieties of fungi we could photograph.

So much fun.

Posted by: Kate | September 28, 2016

The Right Yarn

Sometimes you have a pattern in mind and go looking for the right yarn. And sometimes you are just walking along an aisle in Michaels and the right yarn finds you.

As soon as I saw the jewel tones I knew this was the right yarn for my friend. Plus it was soft and warm. I immediately saw it in the ‘right’ pattern as well – the helix scarf.

I love this clever little short row pattern, it is so adaptable and looks good in a wide variety of yarns. I made this one long enough to wrap twice around the neck as I know that’s how she’ll wear it!

Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in the Tealberry colourway

Posted by: Kate | September 21, 2016

The Year of the Apple 

I am surprised I am not dreaming of apples, frankly. 

The tree has been more loaded this year than ever and I have been busy processing apples into my freezer.

The tree is not empty yet, and I am giving bags away. Mr. Kate suggested I put little baggies of apples on all the neighbours’ doorknobs.

Baking them into single serving pies and tarts works as well!

Always grateful for garden bounty, but some days I need a bigger family!

Posted by: Kate | September 11, 2016

Wrapped in Love

When babies are born, knitters get busy! A friend’s granddaughter arrived in August, and I couldn’t let her arrive without a blanket.

The design is my own, a log cabin. The yarn is what I had on hand. 

Bassinet size, snuggle soft.

Posted by: Kate | September 4, 2016

Out with a Fizzle….

The last week of August felt decidedly like fall, although today the sun is finally back. The rain and cooler temperatures confused the garden. And there is a cold virus making the rounds that both Mr. Kate and I have caught.

But aside from all that there have been some lovely moments in the past few weeks.

A baby blanket made it off my needles in time to greet its new owner. (My own made up log cabin design.)

There are squash growing in my garden.

And beans. Always lots of beans.

The loaded apple tree actually split a branch! Some judicious pruning to be done this fall. This is definitely the biggest crop yet.

There has been scrapbooking and reading and visiting as well. Some fun back to school clothes shopping. 

Now though I am ready for September and hopefully a warm slide towards fall. Time to be in the garden and kitchen. Time to slow the frantic summer pace of the west coast, where we don’t dare waste a moment of summer, and enjoy these last weeks of summer. I hope wherever you are, you are doing the same.

Posted by: Kate | August 21, 2016

Moments in August

August is my favourite summer month. I love watching the light in the evenings as the sun starts to go down a little earlier.

The garden is happy still and not as fatigued as it gets in the dog days of July. 

The moon rises are beautiful as we go for evening walks in the cooler air.

Yet the days are still hot and bright and made for swimming.

One of the things the west coast boasts about is having four distinct seasons, which makes each one special. August on the island, with the crickets chirping and the clear skies of summer is about as perfect as summer gets.

Posted by: Kate | August 7, 2016

Salt in my Hair

After a week in a mountain valley I spent a weekend with friends camping at the ocean.

I really am that spoiled. We don’t camp at the ocean often, my boys prefer the lakes and rivers for exploring and fly fishing. So this was a definite treat. We explored sandstone beaches and lazed around the campsite.

The highlight for me was the evening swim at high tide, diving in off the rocks. Watching Bushboy and his buddy swim and explore and play. Soaking up the sun at the edge of the sea.

Posted by: Kate | August 1, 2016

Ralph River

Refresh. Rejuvenate. Relax. Relate. Recharge. Reconnect.


There are places on this earth where we just feel something more. Where the very air speaks to us, whispers to us, caresses us. If we choose to listen, to be aware, these places can provide for us.


If you are lucky enough to be close to one of these places, to be able to visit it at least once a year, you have a gift. Embrace it. Use it. Revel in it.


I have that place. This year I got 5 days in it, with the people I love the most in this world. And I needed it. And I revelled in it. I embraced it. I let it love me and I loved it back.


I am breathing more loosely once again.

Posted by: Kate | July 29, 2016


A friend gave us some pickling cucumber plants this year, so I threw them in the garden. Turns out they like it there! So now that we have pickling cukes, it is time to research making pickles!

Now we are a pretty choosy pickle family so I haven’t ventured into pickle making. I’m not into making big batches of things that we might not want to eat. But small batches with cucumbers as they ripen? I can get behind that. 

First I made regular dill pickles. Some with garlic and some without. Three jars are refrigerator pickles (the lighter green in the pictures although the turned the darker green eventually) and three jars I canned (the second picture above).

Then I got adventurous and decided to make a small batch of bread and butter pickles. These are also kept in the fridge.

I did buy a $5 bag of pickling cukes from the local farmers’ market, but I kept note of which jars were made with our cucumbers.

The verdict on the refrigerator dill pickles? One thumb up, as they are a bit vinegary. A tablespoon of sugar in the next batch should help. The bread and butter pickles need at least 24 hours to sit, so we’ll keep you posted!

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