Although weeding is a daily duty here, we've started a weekly tradition called Weeding Wednesday during which we each spend a focused chunk of 水曜日 crawling around the Hill pulling Undesirable Plants to make room for greater biodiversity. In light of this new custom, I thought I'd take some time to research one of the weeds that I've been focusing on today:
An early morning stroll during May to July (according to the altitude) may discover the year's first Nootka Rose. Who has not then savoured the pleasure of the moment, the visual delight of the elegant buds, and the dewey freshness of the blossoms, the memorable fragrance—both of flower and foliage.
— Lewis J. Clark, Wild Flowers of British Columbia
Hum Hill Recipe Corner: Simple Banana Oat Pancakes
On a typical day here, we're usually munching down bowls of granola for breakfast (partially because we wake up at very different times). But when we want to have a fancy breakfast together, we whip up this nice simple pancake recipe which Seán's mom introduced us to (and accentuate it with granola, of course):
This year, our local bird observatory are hosting the first annual Victoria Bird Week! We're looking forward to filling out our Bird Bingo card over the feather-ful days ahead and attending some of the fascinating talks. Meanwhile, here are some charming migratory birds we've been noticing on the hill today:
Chipping sparrow (short-distance migrant) preening after a bath
Violet-green swallow (medium- to long-distance migrant) spotted house-hunting through one of ourfeather friendlywindows
One of my favourite discoveries while virtually wandering Japan last fall with Kate was Minna Kikeru ( みんなきける / “Everyone Can Listen”) — a digital music shop/space created by a group of musicians (loosely emanating around Tenniscoats / majikick) who wanted to showcase & support independent music which is otherwise difficult/impossible to track down outside of 日本, and in the process circulate positive energy and a greater sense of connection throughout their community during the pandemic.
We now have a tradition of listening to Minna Kikeru releases on Mondays here (in a series of alliterative music days, followed by Tape Tuesdays & Wax [LP] Wednesdays), and once a month I buy a few more releases to add to my growing collection — Bandcamp-Friday style.
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Back when I lived in Halifax, my neighbours had a tradition of inviting friends over every Easter to eat snacks and make pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter-eggs. It was always such a lovely time, creating designs by candlelight with friends.
After moving to BC, I missed it so much that I bought myself a kit at the cute Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Centre gift shop and taught Seán & his mom how to make them, to try to recreate those warm feelings and have fun playing with dyes and wax.
We're excited to be collaborating once again on an illustration for Metchosin Art Pod's Bird Cards, co-presented by the Rocky Point Bird Observatory. Keep an eye out in late May for the full reveal and more details!