Archive for July, 2007

What is your Walk Score?


How walkable is your house? Find out with Walk Score, which quickly calculates  the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score looks at the following:

  • The distance to walkable locations near an address.
  • Calculating a score for each of these locations.
  • Combining these scores into one easy to read Walk Score.

Simply type in your address and it puts it on a Google map and gives it a score. 70 to 90 is very walkable; 90 to a hundred is a walker’s paradise. We live in a pretty walkable community and only scored a 65. I question how far they consider walkable, however, it is still a great tool to get people thinking about their community in a different way. (more…)


July 26, 2007 at 4:46 pm 2 comments

A 100 Mile Meal

Last night the hubby and I prepared a 100 Mile Meal for 25 people. It was simple, delicious, challenging and a lot of fun to prepare.

Many items came right from our Community Garden (zero miles) or the local Farmer’s Market. We went out to Driediger Farms and picked the raspberries and purchased the blueberries and potatoes. 

We served an appetizer of baked spinach balls and mushroom caps with pesto…thanks Tara for making them they were delicious. We sampled local wine from the Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery. Dinner was local Sockeye salmon in a honey garlic glaze with scalloped potatoes, seasonal salad and a minted dill yogurt dressing. For desert we had raspberries and blueberries with whipped cream. YUMMY!

What I learned:

  • Eating within a 100 mile radius is challenging.
  • Recipes have to be altered slightly…sometimes for the better.
  • You have to really search things out and read labels.
  • You have to ask a lot of questions.
  • Knowing where your food comes from feeds the soul.

July 16, 2007 at 1:42 am 4 comments



I LOVE freecycle. For those who have never heard of Freecycle before it is grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own cities and towns. One person’s trash can truly be another’s treasure!

Our community purchased a great natural gas BBQ in the Spring. Since then our old propane BBQ has seen little to no use. Well I decided to help it find a new home and posted it on freecycle. I had lots of interest in it and last night it went on it’s way to a new life with a young family who otherwise could not afford a bbq right now. I did good and now have more space and less clutter on my patio. The bbq will see some love and use once more. All is right in the world.

Now what else can I freecycle?

July 12, 2007 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

Green Vacation


We just got back from an amazing week at Savary Island in Beautiful British Columbia. We made a choice to have a green vacation. We stayed local. We packed light. We didn’t fly. We did drive but we left our car behind in Lund. We used bikes, a bike trailer and our feet to do most of our explorations around the island. We used solar power (Savary Island is “off-the-grid” most cabins are powered by a combination of solar, wind and generators. More info on our little cabin can be found here.) We watched our water use as all water is drawn from a well and filling the two 40L tanks was the only time we used our back-up generator. We left the computers, tv, etc at home and were entertained daily by eagles, hawks, deer, numerous other birds and an amazing variety of sea life. We were very conscious of producing as little garbage as possible as we had to take it off the island with us. We had a great time and would go back in a heart beat!

More photos of our adventures here.

July 10, 2007 at 5:05 am Leave a comment


I am passionate about reducing my impact on the environment and am learning to live simply and live green. I am learning the age old arts of home food preservation and cooking from scratch. This is yet another eco-blog and a place for me to really channel my passions for writing, photography and sustainable living.
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