April Gardening Pt. 1 & other ramblings of a fae folk

gardening and knitting 😀  


Well, the pink moon has passed but any opportunity to quote Nick Drake 🙂

The weather is WARM and the sun has been gracing us with his presence!  I am happy, so incredibly happy.  A little sun burnt and exhausted but so full of the cleansing, full happiness that fresh air and manual labour brings.  I’m back to communing with the land, with roots and branches, robins and bluejays.  April is a muddy and plan brown (or red on PEI), drab time of year here, but as soon as you get outside and take a wee closer look at the earth, the trees the colours of life on this green earth are just abounding.

The work on our 1.25 acre is endless.  Especially since our plans include using every inch of space for flower, vegetable and herb gardens, animals and trees.   We have a huge checklist which includes new gardens, a ton of raking, preparing wood for next winter, tending to our forest (really a small wood but the forest just sounds so much more majestic ;)), mulching, digging, burning, felling trees (I’m starting to sound a little destructive but it’s all part of the process!).

This week has been g l o r i o u s.  I completely disconnected from instagram and feel as free as a bird by just removing myself from social media.  The earth is speaking to all of us, if we listen and work with her.

At this time of year, we are not even touching vegetable gardens because the earth is too damp to turn. So, it’s mainly raking, woodland, and clearing up flower gardens.  I even started to plant some chestnuts that have sprouted in our basement.  I hope you enjoy the photos of our work and can not WAIT to show you the contrast of now and a couple of months!

Found while digging in a garden! Folklore tells us that nailing an iron horseshoe above your door/barn door will keep the fairies at bay.  Fairies detest metal and were notorious for interfering with livestock and crops – you still see remnants of this tradition 😀  It also translated over to holding your luck (I think originally because it protected you from fairies) however if you hand it upside down, your luck will dribble away from you : (
Clearing out the rose bushes and plotting stones for a fairy garden in the front of the house – Not much colour at the moment! I started to mulch the roses with decomposing stumps and lining this garden with mossy logs and branches.
Flora Helping out!
Among the rose bushes – offerings from our beach walks to the elemental beings that inhabit the earth
A friend of mine gave me this really cute, vintage garden gnome!  I’m so excited to finally give him a home in the garden ❤
I see growth on this rhubarb plant!  My mom brought these over last year from her garden –  I love having a family connection to plants as well as a earthly entity connection (I guess we are all one big family afterall)


One of our raised beds that I wattled last year – Not a lot going on in this part of the garden until late May so I’m leaving the cover of leaves on there
Rosebuds ❤
sprouted chestnuts I collected last fall – to be planted in the woods!
The Forest literally looks like a tornado lingered there for a little bit – weedy like trees are trying to choke out our maple and trees and branches down everywhere!  On a good day, we have a long day of burning down what we can’t salvage (which is still a lot!) – the process of turning the woodland into a shangri-la will take years but it will be SO worth it – benefiting the soil, animals, insects and humble humans
We have been making baked potatoes in the coals of our bush burns – salt, pepper, butter and a potato from down the road – delicious!


And on the indoor front – it’s getting a little wild!  The plants are shooting up and need daily care.  The tomatoes are strong and the herbs already fragrant.  The lupin seeds I collected on the side of the road last year have sprouted and I am beyond excited to give back to the insects of our world!


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A little painting of one of my favourite spring time flowers – Siberian Squill – painted for a friend
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Tomatoes growing up and up – we still have a month and a half before they can go outside! I can’t believe how quickly they are shooting up – so different than the past 2 years
A Vintage Owl Mug with a Tulsi basil plant as well as a few parsley plants
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Little Pine Tree ❤ I collected a few seeds last fall and am so happy one of them has burst into life!
Two more trays of seeds – displacing my work area and some old drawings I found from Botanical Art class back in 2010 (eep!) – I decided to spruce them up a big and still working on it 🙂
Little Seedlings – my babies
WORK SPACE MAGIC – It won’t be long before plants completely displace me 😛

A P R I L  P I C K S


I’m reading OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon and I can already say that it is fantastic.  A friend of mine suggested it when I told her I was watching the show and felt like it was made for us (plants, magic, Highlands of Scotland, yes please!). I stopped watching it immediately and started the book

I’m also reading through some Norwegian Folk Tales as well as our man, Ronald Hutton’s Witches, Druids and King Arthur.


Other than repeatedly watching Tales from the Green Valley, I’ve been listening to The Higherside Chats with Greg Carlwood – about fringe topics.  He has an episode on PLANTS that I definitely suggest called “Earth Alchemy, Plant Spirits, & Engineered Abundance” with Shamangineer.  My sister suggested it to me and I am hooked.  It’s available both in his website and youtube.

Maybe I’ll reveal a part of myself I don’t tend to share on the internets but, I was thinking of making a compilation of books/videos/documentaries on modern fairy lore.  I’ll start with a really fun documentary that hits very close to home here on the East Coast  ❤  ❤ ❤



I’m working on a lopapeysa, of course! Hazel Heather and I’ll show you soon, I promise!


Quilt’s self titled album (on Google Music) and the birds that are singing a consistent tune.  I love slow, droning psychedelic guitars, need to start playing music again !!!

Other than that – I’ve been working outside and then coming in exhausted and ready to sleep zzzz.

B E   W E L L

Beach Girl ❤  Something I love about living on the East Coast – often the only people at the beach

Winter in Cape Breton

Packing essentials for a weekend in the mountains – lopi knitting, books and tea (Petey not included of course ;))


This past holiday weekend, Meaghan, Reg, Jamie, Henry and I drove up to Cape Breton Island to stay in a cabin.  It has been a dream of mine to see the Cabot Trail in the snow but have always thought it not practical because of the unpredictable nature of the weather at this time of year.  But, we did it!!  And after a little bit of a stressful drive over one of the snowy mountain roads, it was a piece of cake 😉

In short, the weather was perfect.  Storm upon storm battered us last week but now the weather has mellowed considerably with around 0 temperatures and a steady dusting of snow over the several feet that has previously fallen.  The drive through valleys dotted with farms and old barns, cattle and horses in the snow .  We met very few cars  but would come across dozens parked along the side of the road for tobogganing down the ideal hill.   Dreaming about one day owning a little piece of land on this beautiful Island.

When we finally reached our airbnb, nestled at the bottom of the mountains in Cheticamp (just before the entrance to the National Park) there were a few *hiccups* before we could settle in (a broken water heater, our car stuck in the snow, a drive to the owners barn to use the washroom and another instance of our car stuck in the snow….. just a WEE bit of chaos).  We decided to drive to the National Park while we waited for the water heater to be fixed.  It was M A G I C!  The sun was setting, the mountains covered in snow and the ocean had a greenish/grey tint with the sleeping sky.

Once we made it to our cabin with the freedom of being able to use the washroom, we cooked and Jamie went with the owner to get us a huge glass jug of fresh mountain water. They drove into the National Park in total darkness. It was delicious and we drank the whole thing with our sauna trips.

Our stay was filled with tea, walking up the mountain behind the cabin, reading plays aloud, sitting by the woodstove, knitting, a sauna and sleeping E A R L Y!  We were without service and the internet and I just wish I could live like that forever.  It’s strange, I felt compelled to use the internet when I came home and was overwhelmed with sadness.  I just need to be aware of my use and start by cutting it down.

Meaghan also finished a beautiful Olwyn lopi sweater for our Etsy shop, it will be available this weekend! We photographed it in the woods behind the house and very excited about the outcome!

My heart yearns for a deeper connection to this place.  I feel very, very lucky that we can drive there and it’s just our neighbouring island but I feel the need to know the trees, streams, rocks in the old hardwood forests.  I feel like they speak to me and I, in my meager way, speak back to them.  I hope.

Driving into Cheticamp!
Cabot Trail
Brief stop at this beautiful spot on the Cabot Trail in the Winter
The Cabin
Jamie and the Cabin or Chalet! It was so cute and the perfect size
Mixed Forest walking up the mountain
So many birch and maple in the woods
Winter Walk
A happy dog and Jamie and Reg in the distance
Inside details
All the Lopi sweaters ❤
Lopi sisters
Meaghan and I – WAYS OF WOOD FOLK- photographing the latest OLYWN for the Etsy shop (this is a design I made a few years ago and Megahan’s beautiful colourwork and handknitting)  – we are not sure why she looks so much taller than me since we are about the same height!
Beautiful baby
Henry in her chair by the wood stove ❤
Higher and higher
Henry and I climbed the mountain the morning before we left – it was magic although I did have a dream last night that a moose was chasing me …
I feel like the earth has been a spell on me when I’m walking in the woods in the winter – all the birch white and gold
Up in the woods
Jamie captured me in my natural habitat – it was only around 0 so after a steep climb you really don’t want mitts or a hat on
Almost there Henry
Henry waiting for me to stop taking photos of the woods
Meaghan’s Olywn!
The morning we left, the fog lifted and Henry and I could have kept walking
Perfect Stream
In a dip before the climb up the mountain and a beautiful little stream – we actually alarmed a duck while we walked past – startling both Henry and I!
Cabot Trail
Stopping to do a U-turn on the Cabot Trail
Cabot Trail
Leaving the Cabot Trail with the Sun

Blizzard & Knitting Progress

On Saturday, I wrote about my peaceful mornings.  Filled with tea, knitting, scents and animals. Winter is so unpredictable in Eastern Canada that I feel like we see the moon more than the sun.

And then there are winter storm mornings that stay for days and nights. There is something about blizzards and winter storms that I find really exciting (as long as you can stay home – there is nothing exciting about having to go out in a storm).  I can probably partly attribute this feeling to my childhood and snowdays.  However, now as an adult, I love the energy of the storm and my very legitimate excuse to just knit all day by the fire!  I started the body of my latest Lopapeysa which I am either going to name “Celtic Garden” or “Folklore” because of the pattern I have in mind for the yoke.  If you’re curious about our last 2 days staying in doors while harsh wind and snow drove at us, please continue on!


Winter Storm

On Monday morning we awaited a blizzard – impending sense of wild, lashing doom that rips across the province.  I definitely received a not so peaceful omen during the early hours of Monday.  When I woke to bring Henry outside, I could just hear the wind was beginning to pick up.  I walked downstairs and in the dark I could see something not right sitting on the kitchen floor with cats padding about.  Lovely! A very inverted mouse, thank you so much Petey.  We always know that Petey is responsible for the crime – he just sits and watches too when I clean up his work.  Afterwards, I took Henry outside in the wind and the misty rain while a small murder of crows flew directly over us, swaying in the wind, caw – cawing.

I decided to just sit, knit and drink tea and fill the house with some warming, calming scents. I sat by the window to watch – but nothing happened really until around noon. The wind and snow began to pick up.  The chickens were out during the morning but we closed them back in around noon when the storm really was upon us.

Our main task during storms is to make sure we are prepared if the power goes out, that the animals are taken care of and that the house is heated.  The previous evening we made a double batch of chili so food would not be a problem.  I collected all of our candles to make sure we could turn darkness into light (luckily it never went out!). But otherwise, I spent most of the day knitting!

When I slept, the house shook. I imagined the roof tearing off and somehow fell asleep after that thought.  How calming?

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Monday morning  – waiting for the storm and the progress of my latest lopapeysa
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Henry and I get out before it really picks up
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The snow is picking up ❤
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Snow sticking to the front door
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Making a calming tea for my cabin fever – Chamomile, lavender and lemon balm
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Preparing candles for power outage
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Cabin Fever is producing Knits!!  A thistle ❤


The province was shut down yesterday.  The blizzard statement was lifted around noon or so.  We were greeted by very large snow drifts throughout the yard. Shoveling to be done in the chicken run (it had about a 3 foot drift which was preventing us from even opening the door to it) and the front walk way  –  no where near as exciting as the previous day.

Since the power stayed on, our only real challenge was shoveling, etc and dealing with the stress that can accompany staying in doors for too long.

I still had a lot of time to knit.  I have put away the shawl that I have been working on and have been knitting a new lopapeysa for the shop.  I made huge progress this past week since the weather has been a bit mad.  Finishing both sleeves and making very good progress during the blizzard.  I decided to make a little border of thistles along the bottom of the sweater.  When it’s complete, I will make a post just about this particular sweater 🙂 But for now, I will just share the progress photographs ❤

For Valentines Day, Jamie and I hopped in the car when our driveway had been plowed at around 4 30 and drove very, very slowly to town for the sole reason to pick up pizza. Usually we make our own, but time was of the essence!  We had pizza by the fire and watched a murder mystery show with all the animals.  It was perfect.

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Morning out with Henry
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Early morning light, showing my progress
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For the Clean up in the diffuser
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Feel the love ❤ Pangur, Petey and Henry
And out to shovel!
Snow drifts, oh boy
wood’s a little damp
a path is cleared!
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Breaking down and having hot chocolate instead of calming tea
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An afternoon of knit


Today, My body is aching from shoveling (in a good way).  I have been so off-kilter from my regular schedule since last Friday (we had a storm as well) and since Jamie has been home due to the storm that I hope to grasp some sense of normalcy today.  There are orders to be packaged up and shipped out, a lot of laundry and general cleaning up, a dog that can actually walk down the street rather than jumping in the snow.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my progress over the storm and a couple of photographs.  I didn’t manage to take too many of the storm because it was basically impossible.  I couldn’t really go outside and from the window it just looked like a white blur.  The weather is around 0 today, and the landscape is a host of white, grey and black (until of course you look a little closer).

I hope everyone on the East Coast of Canada/United States stayed safe and indoors and enjoyed time as much as we did ❤



P.S.  I will soon have the most awkward vlog!  I bought some ‘equipment’ (I don’t know why I put that in single quotation..) and although I have much planned for the next couple of weeks, I will try to squeeze a video in there (how hard can it be….right? :|)