Spring Gillard

Canada Day Cake

Inspired by all you bakers out there in Facebook land, I decided to try my hand at a cake in celebration of Canada Day. I’ll admit it was tricky, but the ingredients were simple enough. So I thought I would share some tips in case you want to attempt it. First of all, I had […]

White Light

I ran into a White Party last night on my ride home from work. Or that’s what I thought it was until I did a little more research. There was a cluster of bright whites gathering around my Solar Bike Tree. Other white-clad folks carrying picnic baskets and coolers spread throughout the park around Science […]


Wooden Boats Bridge, China, Green Renaissance

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. – George Bernard Shaw

All of us have tasted the freedom and happiness that self-forgetfulness brings. In watching a good game of tennis […]

Razzle Dazzle

There’s been a lot of buzz over a new building proposal at Beach and Howe streets in Vancouver. Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) are proposing a 49-storey high rise; the Shangri-La still has it beat at 61 storeys. The 150 metre tower will be mixed use, containing market residences and some commercial space (the […]

To Robin, Love Spring

I don’t think I ever met her in person. But we corresponded by email. She was a kindred spirit, cobbling together a living from various offerings. Author, speaker, gardening and permaculture workshops, a small nursery. While she was gifted in so many areas, she often struggled to make ends meet. The downside of not being […]

Bear Smart Composting

I wrote a whole chapter in my last book about composting when bears are in the vicinity. I barely remember what I wrote now, except for one tip. Douse with lime any fruit you put into your compost bin. Apparently bears don’t like lime, at least not the chalky garden variety. Fortunately, the folks at […]

Jar Jamboree

I’ve been cleaning out cupboards. I have accumulated a lot of jars. Those wonderful Classico tomato sauce jars especially. I know, I know, I should make my own sauce, but their tomato basil variety is really good, and of course very convenient. These Mason jars are 750 ml with the measurement levels marked on the […]