Our British Columbia Winter Adventures

Turns out we're wintering over in British Columbia. After housesitting during the holidays in Victoria, we visited nearby Sooke, Salt Spring Island, and  Shawnigan Lake. We'll be in Bowen Island in March, then Shawnigan Lake until mid-April when we must leave Canada after … [Read more...]

Visiting EcoReality Co-op on Salt Spring Island, BC

We were welcomed at EcoReality Co-op by Jan Steinman and Cleome Rowe (top right) and the goats. EcoReality Co-op is an ecovillage at the southern tip of Salt Spring Island working to be a model of cooperative, sustainable land habitation and land use. Jan's "Veggie Van … [Read more...]

The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

Today we signed a pledge against mass surveillance, as part of an international movement that asserts that surveillance is a violation of international human rights law. Join us at The Day We Fight Back. The freedom to publish Peak Moment TV is affected by mass surveillance … [Read more...]

BC Island Journeys – Sooke, Salt Spring Island, Shawnigan Lake

Robin has an interesting image about traveling in our rolling home. We pack up our little house to go somewhere new, and the earth rolls beneath her wheels. We find ourselves in a new surrounding, and yet nothing has changed—we're still at home. In the last two weeks, … [Read more...]

Serving Local, Seasonal Food for Decades – Sooke Harbour House

Sooke Harbour House is a gracious award-winning resort hotel and restaurant on the shores of Sooke Bay in southwestern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Innovative owner/innkeepers Frederique and Sinclair Philip have featured local, seasonal, regional foods for decades, … [Read more...]

Gardening in a Small Space? Go Vertical!

In the Pacific Northwest where the growing season is shorter, any extension can be a help. Stephen Hindrichs of Sooke on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is experimenting with using his home garden space as fully as possible — especially vertically. We videoed this … [Read more...]

InishOge Farm – Storing Warmth and Real Wealth

Staying warm is one of those essentials for human life — like food, water, clean air. In the northern latitudes, staying warm requires good shelter. To rely only minimally or not at all on outside utilities (e.g., for electric heat) requires smartly-designed good … [Read more...]

Totem poles in Victoria, B.C.

Thunderbird Park near the Victoria, B.C. wharf includes a good many totem poles created by the indigenous people (mostly Gitxsan, Haida, andKwakwaka'wakw, says wikipedia). In Robin's photo you see two previous eras: totems of the original First Nations people, and the … [Read more...]

The Light Returns: Solstice beside the Salish Sea

It is Christmas day. We are house-sitting with Carson the Cat in a Victorian house in Victoria, British Columbia. Yesterday we were moved by a delightful reading of Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by narrator Nelville Jones, a Victorian Welshman. Interwoven … [Read more...]

What’s Ahead for the Money Economy and How to Meet It

Nicole Foss of Canada and Laurence Boomert of New Zealand are on an extensive North American speaking tour. We met up with them in Vancouver, BC and videoed a walloping lively conversation. Nicole, the senior editor of The Automatic Earth, is a brilliant economic analyst … [Read more...]