Monday, April 28, 2008
If you want to find out the size of your carbon footprint check this out:
PS - My carbon footprint was about 13 tonnes of CO2 per year. The average in Canada is 20.
Also - anyone know why there was a question about what types of financial services I use? How does this connect to sustainability?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Yesterday, my husband and I drove down to a local park to get some river rocks to use in our garden. This park is part of the local trail system and has paths that follow the banks of the Nechako River. We can actually walk there from our house - put walking home with 3 5-gallon pails of rocks would have been awkward (impossible for me - I could barely carry one from the riverbank to the car). Anyways, this winter the river was struck with a major icejam for about 3 months - houses were flooded, and roads/businesses were closed for a significant amount of time. This park was in the middle of the ice jam. Yesterday, we saw the devastaion that the ice had actually caused. There are still ice blocks there that are 10-12 feet high. The trail has been washed away in places - and bridges have been reduced to splinters, and there is trees, branches and debris everywhere. It's funny how you can live so close to a disaster like this, and not really know its full effects. We are only several blocks from the river - but up a hill, so there was no chance of it affecting us -and yet, we had never seen the extent of the damage. The park is still beautiful, but since parts of it have been washed away (several times in the last few years), it will never quite be the same, and will take a lot of money and time to fix back up.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Maybe we should trust more things to the expert...
5 - About a week later, they looked like this. I was worried that they were going to contaminate my other plants, so I separated them to a different room. But none of the new seedlings died like I was expecting them too. The tray and pots just got really really gross.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Crocuses using the macro feature and edited to have a film grain
Tulips on macrofeature with the fill light increased and with the film grain effect:
Crocus with a soft-focus effect:
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
This week I hope to:
1-Shovel the rest of the snow piles around so they melt.
2-Rake the grass.
3-Clean up the branches, berries, and mess from windy winter weather.
4-Rip out front planters and replace with new ones. (My mother-in-law) bought me huge beautiful planters for my birthday!
5-Start ripping out garden at back to re-build and make room for my peonies and sweet peas.
6-Move and fix the composter.
7- Pull the BBQ out and have a delicious BBQ burger!
Here is some pictures of the fresh new growth in the garden. My crocuses were flowering this morning, but when I went to take a picture, they were closed up. Hopefully I can catch them tomorrow!
Rhubarb - 1 of 2 plants in my yard. I do not know what I am going to do with it all.
This is the garden I am going to dig out. I do not like any of the stuff in it anyways. Basically, I am going to turn it into a rectangle. I plan to put a peony where the roundish mound is right now, and grow sweet peas up the rails of the porch. And, maybe some other perennials - but I am not sure yet.
I cannot wait for the leaves to bud!
Friday, April 4, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Another reason I like blotanical is that it keeps track of the garden blogs I like for me - You get your own little "plot" where you can add favourite blogs and bloggers. I was having a hard time keeping track of what I was reading online and like this new organized way to read other people's blogs. It has a few little quirky navigational things that are somewhat counter-intuitive, and makes finding pages tricky once in awhile, but as far as I can tell - it is a fairly new community and the webmaster is working on ironing out all the little kinks relatively quickly.
I have added the banner on my sidebar to take you to the site (although I expect that's how most people have found lately)
and here's the direct link: