Off the Grid

Up North and Off the Grid: Where to Go?

June 1, 2009

Mostly I am a homebody. Why wouldn’t I be? I live in a cozy little house in the forest, with a big beautiful lake for...

Up North and Off the Grid: Cattails

May 1, 2009

Want to reduce your reliance on fresh veggies imported from thousands of miles away? Want to experience some delicious and nourishing foods that you can...

Up North and Off the Grid: April Beauty

April 1, 2009

April showers bring May flowers …. and the rain melts the ice from the lakes. April at the lake is a most amazing experience. April...

Up North and Off the Grid: Here Comes the Sun!

March 1, 2009

March is the best time of winter. These sunny days are growing longer faster than ever. And despite the reality that winter’s end is a...

Up North and Off Grid: Winter Bliss

February 1, 2009

Some say the Groundhog saw its shadow on February 2nd, bringing us six more weeks of winter. Or maybe where you live it didn’t see...

Up North and Off Grid: Snow! Loving it!

December 1, 2008

Ok, so you just finished digging out from the third big storm of the winter. You don’t really want to read about how wonderful it...

Up North and Off Grid: Dreaming of Daylilies

September 1, 2008

As summer draws to a close, memories linger of the magnificent meals prepared with fresh gifts from the garden. A summer full of flowers made...

Up North and Off the Grid: Through the Solar Year

December 1, 2007

Living on solar power makes us naturally energy conscious. Especially during the six weeks surrounding Winter Solstice. December is filled with cloudy days when we...

Up North and Off the Grid: Stalking the Wild Asparagus

November 1, 2007

At the beginning of June I started this series on Edible Wild Plants. We’ve ventured into swamps and forests, gardens and roadsides. We tasted wild...

Up North and Off the Grid: Cranberries

October 1, 2007

It is a good year for cranberries! There are almost enough of them to make up for the sparsity of blueberries. Cranberries are easy to...

Up North and Off the Grid: Solar Power – Quiet Energy

September 1, 2007

When Allan and I decided to open Kukagami Lodge as a cross-country skiing centre in January 1985, we needed to install a radio-telephone service. This...

Up North and Off the Grid: Garden Delights

July 1, 2007

If you have an immaculate weed-free garden, you are missing out on some of the best vegetables ever grown! If you are relaxed enough to...

Up North and Off the Grid: Intro to Edible Wild Plants

June 1, 2007

This article begins a summer series of delicious wild dining. Plan to walk with me through your garden and the forest as we explore the...

Up North and Off the Grid: Listening to the Frogs

May 1, 2007

Frogs, frogs everywhere!  Who doesn’t recognise the excited call of the Spring Peepers?  Even more so than the arrival of the first robin, the chorus...

Up North and Off the Grid: Last Day in the Sugarbush

April 1, 2007

Last Saturday was a perfect day for sugaring. The overnight temperature had dropped to –6. The day dawned sunny and the temperature rose to a...

Up North and Off the Grid: In the Light

March 1, 2007

Have you noticed how much light there is these days? At the end of February, we had 11 hours of sun! Add in dawn and...