Crazy Hippie on the Block

Am I the Crazy-Hippie Neighbour?

Am I the Crazy-Hippie Neighbour?

Proof #1 My So-Called-Lawn
For the last 11 years, we had a south-facing, sloped lawn that we did not water, fertilize, or use herbicides on. We left it to Nature, other than grass-cyclng (mulching) when we cut (leaving a longer length), we weeded the dandelions (ideally after they bloomed for the pollinators, but before the seeded for the wind-spread), we left the clover to grow (its awesome for everything), we left the fairy-ring to cross (a nature-win), and we left the different grass species to cycle through the seasons.

We had (see #3) a very healthy, hippie front lawn.

Proof #2 My Front-Yard Kitchen Garden
We now have 3 gorgeous cedar raised beds that are stunning through the growing seasons. At first, I was just some hippie growing some food on her front lawn (for shame!), but then the companion flowers bloom, and the scarlet runner beans run up the lattices, and the squash spill over and lush up everything, and the perennial strawberries are everbearing, etc etc.

In time, passer-bys would comment on the beauty and bounty of the garden boxes. Kids would come up for some strawberries or tomatoes. Then their parents would, with a side of “basil, please”. I would have abundance, and soon was sharing lettuce heads or squash with neighbours.

I grow food and community.

Proof #3 Sheet-Mulched Front Yard!
Shock - questions - interest: is what I experienced through the process of sheet-mulching my-so-called-lawn:
Cars driving by sloooooowly the first day
The next day, their window rolls down, “Uhmmmm, what are you doing?” Passerbys, including neighbours, runners, students walking to school ask the same question.
Explaining this was a way to remove a lawn while developing the soil ecology of the landscape, well, it quite frankly, exploded their minds!

Over the weeks, they would check on the progress and ask more questions. They are curious were things are going to go from here… Well, so am I!

Proof #4 The Home Jungle
My south facing, full-length, bow windows are the best spot for my year round jungle, of tropical plants, of edible plants, and of my seeding production.

Seen from the street, neighbours enjoy the green scene in winter and guests enter my home in anticipation of the indoor ecosystem!

Gardening Within is more than the plants, it is a growing, blossoming, fruition, and rest cycle that we all need within and living with plants reinforces this instinctual process…
Definitely sound like a crazy-hippie… but it is truth.

Proof #5 Driven to Waste-Less
One of my neighbours-became-friend asked me what drove me… he sees our recycling, upcycling, repurposing, lack of bins of garbage/compost/recycle days, as well as my gardens and our sustainable landscape practices… AKA my environmentalist/minimalist/hippie ways!

The answer was simple for me. But it was the question that was more important… he NOTICED! Aaaand also, he questioned it?

Firstly, he noticed. Well, AAAH-HA! I am making others more aware! Inspired; I hope.

Secondly, he questioned. Well, WTH. How can anyone question taking care of our Earth? Not wasting?
Then I realized… the question wasn’t about my actions… it was about my DRIVE and my INNER-FIRE.
Thinking about it further, I realize, others DESIRE to be less wasteful & more in-tune with the Earth, but don’t necessarily have the drive or the energy.

Let me tell you, once you make the changes to live a low-negative-impact life (taking better care of ourselves and our Earth), you will taste the drive, you will feel the energy.

To Sum: This neighbour ain’t such a crazy-hippie after all!
Well, that is yet to be proven.

A Bag Full of Bull Shizzle! Bury that Sh*t.

Burying the Shizzle... Planting Faith Seeds... Manifesting Dreams!

Burying the Shizzle... Planting Faith Seeds... Manifesting Dreams!

You know you do it too. We have these self-expectations, these assumptions, these self-imposed requirements to prove something. To – Prove – Something!
We have nothing to prove. But we all have a lot more to Gain.

Have you had a little awareness to your Deepest Wishes? Truest Feelings? Have you been so hard on yourself thinking that you are being RIDICULOUS for these wishes and feelings?
pssst… we all do it.
For some, it may be a battle with self-worth. For some, it may be a place of resignation. For others, it was what we were always told... that we were being ridiculous or that it was something too far fetched, or that something else was more important…

We are all worthy. We are all deserving. What you think & feel is important.

If you have a wish, a desire, a dream, a goal, or even just a pure thought, why can you not go for it? What's keeping you from them? Could it be...
- Money?    ...Yup, that can be it.
- Relationship differences?    ...Yup, for sure.
- Something, someone, somewhere, somehow, …. it is holding you back? Limiting you? Confining you?   ...Yup, any of these.

The only limitations are those we put on ourselves.

I do it. You do it.


It’s all Bull Shizzle!!!

We must get to know our truest desires… which may take a whole lot to figure out. But it may also be easy. Fight it = it will be hard. Allow yourself to go deep and listen = it will be easy.
How bad do you want it? Do you feel like your life is good enough as it is?

Just By Being Alive, YOU DESERVE THE BEST!

So, how bad do you want it?

I have want it baaaaaaaad for a long time.
And I limited myself. I settled. I mastered self- guilt. I had other things to prove.
It’s all Bull Shizzle.

I know my truest desires. I have been limiting them for decades. Here I am, still with my bag full of bull shizzle, and you know what Birches? I am going to plant that sh*t.

I am going to take those self-imposed limitations and criticisms, and all that shizzle, and BURY IT and turn it into GOLD MANURE!
Yup, by burying those things that are keeping me from my truest desires and dreams, will allow me to plant with faith the seeds of my dreams, and manifest them into fruition!

And like any seed, our dreams need warmth, nourishment, nurturing, and protection.

And more specifically, we and our dreams need:
- Self-care.
- Commitment and hard work. Loads of Determination.
- Daily renewal of Peace & Joy, of Faith & Gratitude, and of our connection to Nature.
- Keeping negative out. Respecting our boundaries. Recognizing our Shizzle and Burying it.

So, my fellow-humans, I am taking full stop from landscape design and consultation work… other than my own landscape. I am still serving through my workshops and seminars, and this fun and fabulous blog!

I have some big dreams to manifest!
- creating this suburban yard into a paradise of Nature, Family, Food, & Celebration
- urban homesteading and sustainable community living
- and a tiny, off-grid, log-cabin in the wilderness
- among other things….

They are all big dreams to tackle… big bulls to ride. And it is going to be a hell-of-a-ride. And any shizzle that comes out of my dream-bulls, well, I am just going to plant the sh*t.

Gatherings are Not Just for Faerie Folk - Ye Ken!

- Is this where the Faerie folk gather?
- Ay, they do.
- Then why have I come here?
- *grin* Need I say?

Gathering: Reading/Caversham, UK, 2016

Gathering: Reading/Caversham, UK, 2016

On my Walk in the Woods in the UK a year ago, I came upon this place.
A Gathering Place.
The awe and mystery of Nature penetrates through my skin, my bones, and deep into my Soul.

I have always been called to nurture plant, animal, soil, rock, water... to nurture them and our connections to Nature... And deeper yet,

to Nurture our Souls back to Nature

to this Awe & Mystery, and to the Magic & Wonder, Belonging & Connection, Peace & Joy, Kindness & Light, Oneness.

- Can you have these connections in your life? Daily? In an El Nina year in central Alberta?
- YES!

- Does it take a miracle worker to teach you to nurture your yard, or create more from it?
- No. But maybe a Faeire... a Nature Angel brought to nurture our Earth and guide our connection with Nature.

- Am I a Faerie?
- *grin* Need I say?

Like Junkie-Grass on Synthetic Fertilizer: Now We Be Sheet-Mulchin’!

I’ve been told I am lucky to know my purpose; my passion. It ain’t luck. And it is a drug.

Everyone wants a reason to be here; to feel meaningful and driven. They see this in me.
Let me tell you what I have learned:

Our purpose is not singular, not finite, not stagnant. Our purpose is dynamic and evolving. Our purpose is a series of awakenings and impacts we create as life unfolds.

And when you taste it, sweet Divine, is it fiiiine! And you live it; breathe it; preach it… until it is not enough… and you need a deeper fix. The sooner we discover our purpose, the deeper we go, and deeper yet. We are likely to crash and burn… but this too is part of the process. The evolution comes from awakening from this… like a Phoenix is reborn from the flames.

This last decade, has been a hell-of-a ride… a roller-coaster, with so many twists, turns, and highs, and then BOOM! Crashing down, recovery, and back up again. My purposeful business expanded and boomed, and then my health crashed. And repeat. And repeat.

Like grass addicted to synthetic fertilizers…
the grass grows and is fertilized - then experiences huge growth, doesn’t have the reserves to sustain the growth and starts to wither - it is given another hit - and it expands again on the high it has but no actual nourishment -  it may be given another hit - but soon, it collapses… If it survives, the grass rehabilitates over winter, with the washing rains, with the beneficial fairy rings… but come spring, the synthetic, addictive cycle repeats.
Current society thinks it is bettering their grass. They have been misled. Let nature take over.

Confessions of a Junkie:
I was a landscape design junkie, that would do the nature-poor design.
I was a nature-preaching junkie, that would do free talks, giving my energy without exchange.

2006-2016: A decade of my purpose turned into addiction to wanting to help everyone with their yards, but compromising my truest understanding of sustainable design and nature, and compromising my energy and health.

2016: the final crash of my health as well as my purposeful work, followed by an intense rehab.

2017: My name is Dora, and I am a recovering synthetic-design & free-talks junkie! And I JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS!

The Future: I am letting my life and purpose unfold, but here is what it is showing me:

#1 My Nucleus: My Family & Me!
This last health crash showed me how fragile life is, how fragile my life is. My little saplings are growing in this challenging World and need my nurturing. And my Oak & Reed (Strength & Foundation), my husband, is he who I paddle this river of life with.

#2 My Home: My Urban Food Forest & Homestead!
This is where my energy and passion are directed after #1. Last year we sheet-mulched most of our grass and started planting!

#3 My Work: Nature-Coach!
Say Whaaaaat??? I am coaching you to create Nature in your yards and homes, as well as reconnecting your Soul with Nature. I am offering workshops and seminars on growing your own food, on creating and enriching habitat, and on sustainable design. I am offering home consultations, focusing on these above topics. In the Spring, I am offering sustainably grown garden seedlings for your gardens!

So folks, the intention of this Blog is to share the evolution of our home landscape into a beautiful habitat for my family and all of Nature’s Elements.
The Blogs will be SHORTER with periodic YouTube videos! I will share the success and follies, and I hope you will learn and laugh with me.

My Nucleus.

My Nucleus.