Island Lake Orangeville

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I grew up rural. Country. Farmland and woods. You could see our closest neighbour’s house, but it would take you 10 minutes to walk there. I spent my youth prowling through woods, building fantasy castles on ponds with moss and leaves and stones. I could escape into the farmer’s fields surrounding our house for hours on end, or walk through the forest building stick forts to hide in. And I still miss it today. I still love forest walks, seeing dappled sunlight on a clearing or smelling the rich peppery ferns in a grove.  I still know which plants make the best ceilings for houses (Queen Anne’s Lace flowers in an igloo shape = totally magical) and which berries are safe and not so safe to gorge on. (more…)

Apples

Explore Ontario’s Greenbelt

I grew up in the country. The first home I remember was surrounded by farmers’ fields – cows grazing, haygrass blowing in the wind. I became a city dweller many (many) (ssshh) years ago. And I’ve always loved the city. But even in the middle of the bustle, I’ve always sought out green space. I love the energy of the city, but finding a green oasis or even getting completely out into the country reminds me:  being constantly surrounded by people and concrete is disconnected from what actually keeps us alive. Fields growing food. Animals grazing. Watersheds cleaning away the toxins we spew in to them every day. Vast forests scrubbing clean the air we breathe. (more…)