Garden Mints & Herbs

Eau de Cologne Mint_watermarked

Eau de Cologne Mint (Mentha x piperita f. citrata)

Ginger Mint_watermarked

Ginger Mint (Mentha x gentilis Variegata)

Lemon Balm_watermarked

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon Verbena_watermarked

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora)


Marjoram (Origanum majorana)


Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Pineapple Mint_watermarked

Pineapple Mint (Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’)

Wild Morning Glory (Calystegia sepium)

Morning Glory (wild)_watermarked

In our area the white Morning Glory is considered an invasive weed as their fast growing vines will eventually choke out native plants.  I just found a small patch on our property, the only Morning Glory I’ve ever seen here.  Wisdom tells me that I need to pull out the vines but I must admit I find the white, satiny flowers quite attractive.  I’ll grab a few more shots before I tackle the purge.

Two Washing “Machines”

When we moved into our hand-built house in 1975, it soon became apparent that the lack of electricity and running water was going to make the issue of clean clothes a problem.  Rather than spend time and money at the laundromat we decided to go the old fashioned way.

We found two big galvanized tubs, an old washboard, a hand cranked wringer and an agitator – the cone shaped thing on a stick in the photo.  Water was hauled from our shallow well and heated on the wood cookstove which was great in Winter but a bit overwhelming on hot Summer’s days.  Clothes were thrown in one tub with some soap and then we would use the agitator like a toilet plunger to ‘work’ the clothes.  Stains would be rubbed off on the washboard.  The clothes would rinse in the second tub, be hand wrung and then go through the hand wringer.  In the Summer the laundry was hung on the line to dry but in the Winter we draped laundry all over the house.  Our windows were steamed up all day and it felt like living in a swamp.

Two Washing Machines_watermarked

When we got married in 1977, my family gave us a small generator for a wedding present.  Though useful for tools, we found it a noisy thing so would only use it for essential jobs.  We picked up an old electric wringer washer and wash day became considerably easier.  We used it for many years until it finally packed it in.  It now serves as a planter for our Helleborous (Christmas Rose).  I must admit that wash day is one thing I don’t miss from our early simple living days.             

Bear in the Clearing

We heard some noise in the bush yesterday morning so went off exploring with our cameras.  When we reached a nearby clearing I saw a bear sitting amongst the ferns.  A bear’s eyesight isn’t particularly good so I had a few seconds before she picked up my scent.  She made a couple of woofing noises that sent two cubs climbing high into the trees.  The mother immediately ran off into the bush.  Unfortunately the cubs were in the dark of the forest so I couldn’t get a picture of them.  They made some whimpering sounds then descended quickly and ran off the find their mom.

Bear in Clearing_watermarked

These three have been in our area for quite a while now and I’m still pleased that the electric fencing is doing it’s job of keeping them out of the compost and chickens.  It appears they have chosen to stay away from that area and are content doing bear things.

Fence Finds

We have a long, seven foot high fence surrounding our garden to keep the deer, bear and elk out.  Over the years it has become the depository for small objects that we have found on our wanderings.

An old kerosene lantern we found in the bush

An old kerosene lantern we found in the bush

An oyster shell fastened to a beach rock

An oyster shell fastened to a beach rock

A fork we found on the beach at an old homestead in Misery Bay

A fork we found on the beach at an old homestead in Misery Bay, Salmon Inlet

A wire bicycle a friend brought back from Africa.  He bought it from a street vendor who made them

A wire bicycle a friend brought back from Africa. He bought it from a street vendor who makes them