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Last week, I attended and photographed a wonderful floral arrangement workshop hosted by the dynamic group of Thorn and Thistle and Verbena Floral Design.  Not only were we spoiled with the expertise of Vanessa, Alex and Nicole, but we also indulged and imbibed in cheese from Charelli’s, cupcakes from Ruth and Dean, and cocktails made with Ampersand gin (my favorite). Claire was there, too. She is the genius behind the truly incredible flowers we used, brought all the way from her small farm, Earth Candy Farm, on Saltspring Island.

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The workshop took place at Thorn and Thistle’s latest location, a bright and lovely spot adorned with such product as Wild Hill Botanicals! (who were so kind as to gift us all with a vanilla and almond lip balm). I recognized some of the faces that attended, and met new faces, too.

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Thank you lovely ladies, for such a fun evening!

  • Cathy Raymond - March 30, 2016 - 10:02 pm

    This was a great evening! Such fun, great food, informative, and I came home with a lovely arrangement! Did I mention the lovely ladies who shared their expertise? Amazingly talented and helpful.
    Thanks to all of you!

  • Rebecca - March 30, 2016 - 10:19 pm

    Cathy, it really was! It was a pleasure meeting you and watching all of the beauty unfold! ~ Rebecca

Another New Year’s celebration has come and gone, and as I sit here with the February sun streaming through my office window, I am stunned once again at the beauty of Winter on this fair island.

January was rung in with the usual festivities…campfires, great food, bubbly and wonderful neighbours. We fell asleep to crackling embers, enveloped in dark, dark, quiet nights (where rest comes more easily) and got our share of fresh air. We visited magical forests and alpacas, played games, and pondered past and upcoming months.

My highlight though, was a mini-outing with my outdoor-savvy nephew. We wandered off for a few hours to the back acreage, and set up ‘camp’. He made tea on the fire, showed me how he set up his new sleeping hammock, and we hilariously attempted to get more than a bite full of bannock…the dough wrapped on a stick and roasted…before it fell into the ashes. Once our toes started to freeze, and we couldn’t feel our fingers, we quickly packed up and headed for home. Where there was a smoking chimney. And fried eggs. And dry socks.

If you feel inclined, follow him here on Instagram to see his savvy ways for yourself. He’s a genius! I swear. I’m not a biased auntie. :)  Backyard Survival

And to everyone…though I know I am several weeks late…HAPPY NEW YEAR! May all your dreams come true.

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