I like to think that everyone who lives here at our place contributes, doing their part of the considerable work needed to keep the homestead running. I plant, weed, harvest and preserve. My husband digs, waters, mows and repairs the trellises and other garden structures. The bees and butterflies pollinate our fruits and veggies, while the birds and frogs take care of the mosquitoes and other unwanted insects in and around the garden.
And now that Nibblet’s tall enough to reach the Oceanspray, he’s hard at work as well – doing his very best to keep the forest of wild shrubbery that surrounds our yard from crowding out the foxgloves and other cultivated plants. It’s great to see him so diligent in lending a hand (well, actually a mouth). After all, we’re not getting any younger, so we definitely need all the help we can get these days.
If you’re on Gabriola Island: about a dozen of my marine-focused prints are on display now, through the summer, at Gabriola’s popular dockside eatery, Silva Bay Restaurant & Pub. I hope you’ll stop by for a meal and have a look if you’re on the island.