Monthly Archives: May 2009


Winter veg & spring dinners

I enjoyed Saturday’s whistle through the topic of winter vegetable gardening with local permaculturalist Geoff Johnson. He began by pointing out that we West Coasters follow, wrongly, the veg growing guidance from over yon Rockies, where the season is short … Continue reading


After the meeting but still in Calgary

Last Sunday I got what will probably be my first and last tour of the Calgary Farmers Market. The place is Alberta-sized, and housed – for the moment – in a former airplane hangar at the Currie Barracks, which is … Continue reading

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TWUC Calgary: Business & pleasure

This weekend’s Writers Union of Canada AGM, held jointly with the Writers Guild of Alberta, took place in the comfort of Calgary’s Hotel Arts – quite a step up from days of yore when we used to hunker down in … Continue reading


John Harvey’s 100th

Catch it while you can (till Friday): John Harvey on Front Row (about 19 minutes in), talking (with Michael Morpurgo and Nora Roberts) about being prolific. This is in part to mark his 100th book, Far Cry, which has just … Continue reading

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Compost, Nettie Wiebe, Handmaid’s Tale and bird pests

Weirdness on the Gorge. Who leaves a tethered cat on a walkway frequented by dog-walkers? Operating as I do from a position of smug complacency atop my composter, I was comforted by this article about composting, and its assertion that … Continue reading