Off the Grid

Up North and Off the Grid: Sour Cherries and Summer Memories

July 1, 2013

One day several years ago, I was admiring the fresh fruit at our local farmers’ market.  There were these odd looking cherries that caught my...

Up North and Off the Grid: Children in the Woods

June 1, 2013

When my youngest daughter was around eight years old, a friend suggested I might be interested in a book called Last Child in the Woods...

Up North and Off the Grid: Winter’s End

May 1, 2013

Life is colder in the north. Winter lingers three to five weeks longer than in southern Ontario. This year, ice-out for our area is happening in...

Up North and Off the Grid: A Dream of Spring

April 1, 2013

On March 20th, spring arrived at long last! But this is still early spring, so it is only the first part of spring that we see through...

Up North and Off Grid: Enjoying Winter Wildlife

March 1, 2013

It has been so long since we had a real winter, I had almost forgotten how much fun it can be. As long as I...

Up North and Off Grid: Swampy

February 1, 2013

It was a perfect day for skiing on the lake. Just a couple inches of snow covered most of the icy surface. No trail needed,...

Up North and Off Grid: December on the Lake

December 1, 2012

It is dark this December morning. And cold. I want to stay inside and hibernate. Dawn comes slowly. Eventually the sun rises but it gives...

Up North and Off Grid: Over the Hill

November 1, 2012

I climbed to the top of another hill this year. I’ve completed six decades of life. Now I am 60. Yet when I look in...

Off the Grid: Here Comes the Sun!

February 1, 2012

February is a most wonderful month. Because of the LIGHT! Gone are the dark days of November and December. It is colder, yes. Minus 31ºC...

Up North and Off Grid: Kukagami Cooking

September 1, 2011

After 27 years of our guests telling me I should write a cookbook, I finally did, just in time to send out copies for Christmas...

Up North and Off the Grid: First Canoe Trip

May 1, 2011

The ice wasn’t off the lake for more than a day or two before we packed our bags and were out for our first canoe...

Up North and Off the Grid: December Transition

December 1, 2009

Ah, December. A month of changes, a month of anticipation, wonder and excitement! Here in the forest, December’s changes are eagerly awaited, and solemnly anticipated....

Up North and Off the Grid: Cooking with Wood

November 1, 2009

When I first came to this little log cabin on the shore of the lake, there was an old wood cook stove in the kitchen....

Up North and Off Grid: Living with Solar

October 1, 2009

Last spring I was in to visit one of our local solar energy suppliers. He has some pretty strong concerns about folks who want to...

Up North and Off the Grid: Local Dining

September 1, 2009

I grew up in the countryside, where eating locally was as simple as going out to the garden to pick a tomato. I learned about...

Up North and Off the Grid: Dining Wild

July 1, 2009

After a long cool spring, summer has arrived, and with it, the promise of wonderful things to eat.  Our natural world has a lot of...

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