My Wild Child and Her Garden

Yeah so this happened…


And instead of stopping her, I began to take pictures. I truly thought that the paint (since it was children’s paint for Pete’s sake!) would be washable.

Her belly button is still a bit green.

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Oh yeah, and then I let her run around our yard on the grass, nekkid, with paint all over her body like a wild child. I have fantastic pictures but alas! They are all nudies. Not for public consumption.


I post about the garden on here so I can comfort myself next year when the garden doesn’t seem to be growing fast enough. I post to keep a record of what we grew and how we grow things. Even though we randomly put notes in a notebook, we can’t ever find it from year to year. So the blog serves as our garden journal. Anything more organized just wouldn’t be “Pender” enough.

We have scapes now from the garlic. Those curly Doctor Seuss scapes!IMG_1113


We have nasturtiums, compliments entirely of Gabrielle who wanted eating flowers. We have chard and cilantro and kale. There have been a couple barely ripe tomatoes that Gabrielle gobbled up before we could even check their ripeness. Basically, they weren’t green!


Our friend, Wade, has pigs again so that necessitated a farm visit.

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The picture of the onions on the floor are actually from last year’s garden. So last year, we planted 300 onions. We lost a bunch of the white onions to rot. These yellow onions are still doing well, aside from a little sprouting, and as tasty as ever. ! I think the onions and the beans are the only thing we really did not have to buy for the whole year because of our garden. Our passive unorganized hippy goal is to be self-sufficient in as many vegetables as possible. Our potatoes lasted until Christmas. We still have tomato sauce and dried tomatoes but we did buy fresh tomatoes throughout the year. We had enough parsnips to last us the year but really, how many parsnips can you eat?

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We’ve had family visiting the last couple days and we have more exciting Canada Day parties planned!

And soon I will give full report on Gabrielle’s doctor’s visit last week.

Happy Summering!

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Living a simple quiet life on the Gulf Islands, BC.

3 Thoughts on “My Wild Child and Her Garden

  1. Wow.

    It’s like all the best and truest and most fantabulous of the chorus of J. Mitchell’s song about getting back to the garden has come true for you and yours.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.


  2. Brie’s hair is divine! I have been getting loads of scapes from our CSA and I have been making gobs and gobs of garlic scape pesto and it’s soooooooo delicious!

  3. Gabrielle has grown up so much – and is so beautiful! Love the painted body pics. hehe… Although I don’t post comments very often on your blog, I still read… this one popped back up in my feedly feed after I finished reading more current stuff and I had to stop by to say hello… I thought of you recently when I found a hive of mason bees next to my shed. We are leaving them alone and I always smile when I walk past my hillside of lemon balm and hear them happily buzzing away… Hugs, R

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