reasons to like the weather – July 2015, NL

wpid-20140104_160321.jpg1. no mosquitos

2. people stay close – seeking body heat

3. no shoveling

4. it’s not too hot.

5. if you’re not pleased with the location of your plants, you can transplant them no problem

6.  the air is not choked with smoke from forest fires

7.  people aren’t complaining about the heat

8.  sunburn is not a problem

9.  hair curls

10.  cool weather vacations are trendy

11.  there are good jokes

12.  the weather is good for running the Tele 10

13.  it’s good for allergies

14.  it’s good for fishing

15.  the grass is nice and green

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#g2kgtg – cheese on Saturday

make your own cheese!

make your own cheese!

it’s not over yet byes!   the end of the season is the other side of the weekend, but between then and now is a rare chance to make a #gtkgtg that will soothe the last leg of Christmas.  5H Giving – handmade, homemade, local.

say cheese.  Feta, Paneer, Ricotta.

make cheese.  for real.

my old school friend turned back to the land, and has set up  a farm in Nova Scotia.  home for Christmas, she’s running a Cheesemaking 101 workshop.  I know her as Heather Squires, but she’s known as the CURD GIRL.   she’s running a fun, lovely afternoon of cheesemaking tomorrow, Saturday 2-5 pm on MacPherson Street, near the Mall.  workshop cost is $50, which you can bring.  (if the $ in hand is a deal-breaker let Heather know, and ye can work something out).

also bring milk (whole, red container is best), but all other required materials are supplied. but there will be cheese to taste so if you’d like to bring something to drink with the tasting, that is good.

inbox Heather to let her know you’re coming and get specifics.

 

and since we’re near the end, thank you.  #g2kgtg the good to know gifts that give series has been a hit!  sharing little treasures that grow up from kitchen tables and creative souls has been a pleasure. thanks to all who have kindly encouraged me, thanks to the new friends i’ve met along the way, and thanks to those who have used their purchasing power to buy local!

(happy to report that there is so many more lovely things out there.  this morning i found my way to Rock Paper Flowers on Water Street West.  there is a whole new world there!  i’m looking forward to finding out more.)

 

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tix to a show #g2kgtg

our stories come alive in theatre.  stages in and around St. John’s nurtured magic in the province’s gifts to the country, as beautifully pointed out in these clips by Krystin Pellerin and Petrina Bromley.  they, and others like Allan Hawco, Cathy Jones, Rick Mercer, Mary Walsh and Andy Jones have stepped on to other stages across the country and beyond, but ever so many more of our brilliant, creative shapers and reflectors shine their lights here at home.

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Colony of Unrequited Dreams / Artistic Fraud

gifts that support our arts community, like tickets to shows and events are the finest kind of #g2kgtg.  they give the receiver an home-grown treasure, and give to the community that gives so much.  that nails the 5H Giving!

patron of the arts opportunities abound.  The Hall (that is the LSPU Hall, Resource Centre for the Arts) offers a Hall Pass (which includes a couple of drinks!), as well as tickets for upcoming productions. Shows coming include Brazil Square and Spoiled Child Saves the Polar Bears.

Turning 20 this year, Artistic Fraud  is celebrating large with Robert Chafe’s adaptation of Wayne Johnston’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams in February at the Arts & Culture.  like Oil and Water did last year, it will sell out.

Rising Tide’s Revue is another happy Christmas gift idea.

You can’t get tickets for Shakespeare by the Sea yet – they are working on their summer line-up, but there is this amazing fundraiser that celebrates Scotch and the new year:  Scotch and Hogmanay – January 3rd 2015 at the Newman Wine Vaults.

great gifts.  no waste.

 

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5H giving: #g2kgtg

5H Givingturns out this #g2kgtg notion is a thang!  thanks to my friend Martha Muzychka for pointing me toward 5H Giving.

5H is kind of a giving philosophy.  the 5H shorthand refers to gifts that are:

homemade (made by you) – what do you love to make?  share that  cookies, playlists, photos… all that..

handmade (made by someone else’s hands in their little place) – the year’s best opportunities for homemade are coming up!  check out the Farmers’ Market, Some Good Market, and the Anna Templeton Christmas Tea and Sale

healthy (good for your body, soul or our collective planet) – om. yoga fits everyone. lots of yoga styles, and lots of options for gift passes. check out Nova Yoga, and Yoga Kula Co-op 

brown trouthelpful (helps someone or something).  maybe something like a membership to the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundand for the Angler you love.  SAEN has done a LOT to nurture our rivers and streams, and due in part to their efforts you can trout in the rivers in the middle of St. John’s, or just walk by and enjoy. No. Small. Thing.  email them saen@nfld.com.

from here (things that are ours alone) – Newfoundland Chocolate Company makes the chockie on Duckworth Street (and now at the Mall too), Jumping Bean Coffee roasts the beans here, and sells lovely things from their storefront on Harvey Road, and locally published books are beautiful, smart, and support local in every which way.  check out Boulder Publications!

 

 

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shout out – 2014 thegreenrock.ca CCNL Green Team

seeking sustainability!

seeking sustainability!

good things happen when good ideas come together.  thegreenrock.ca CCNL green team is officially finished for the summer, but the good things and good ideas will keep on.

through July and August thegreenrock.ca Green Team members – Jeff Smyth (lead), David Mahre, Tamara Segura, and Chris Ball sought and found so many fabulous examples of sustainable activities.  the fruit of their labours (video stories) will be posted on thegreenrock.ca (and other places) through the fall.

every day they were inspired and impressed by the volume. caliber, passion and will of people to live life in a manner than cares for each other and the earth.  in their words, the people they met were ‘happy people’.  there is something to be said for that!  thank you all for being part of it.

thanks too to Jeff, David, Tamara and Chris, to the amazing staff at Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador, and to Junior Forest Wardens NL.

check back!  you’ll see good things on the Tree of Life, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Forest Wardens, the Quidi Vidi Plantation, Green Tips, and so much more!

 

 

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thegreenrock.ca goes to the woods… day 2

lesson 2 – get on with it.  it’s not the thing, its the reaction that makes a fuss.

stuff happens all the time to and with everyone.  if reaction to stuff (screaming, annoyance, frustration…) takes priority and precedence over resulting action (fixing, picking up, stopping flow of blood)… stuff will fool you up.

the sun moves across the sky.   the tide comes in and goes out.  the stars appear.  and disappear.  reoest.

makes me feel silly for ever worrying. about anything.

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NLEE – getting the kids outside

Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators (NLEE)Common sense tells us that the natural environment is good for kids.  More and more research is showing that kids not being outdoors is bad.

With that in mind, the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators (NLEE) is striving to help educators (teachers, youth group leaders, parents…) get the kids keyed up on the great outdoors, and all the good things that go with it.

thegreenrock.ca joinedNLEE Conference 2014 - in the field representatives from the Brother Brennan Environmental Centre, Botanical Gardens, Salmonier Nature Park, Food Security Network, Junior Forest Wardens NL, parents and others in Traytown for the Annual Conference in April.  ‘Educational Edibles’ brought together a  diverse group who talked, listened, hiked, set fire to milk cartons, learned much about school and community gardens, practiced making a raised bed garden plot and more, all toward sharing great outdoor activities with educators.

NLEE is responding to a need.  Parents in this province join the discussion about how much screen time is too much, debate and sometimes despair about what kids eat, and share stories about acceptance.  Through the year NLEE holds activities and events that share information and make it easy (or easier) for educators to integrate smart, sound, sustainable practices into our children’s lives.

Lots to talk about.   Lots to do.  Join NLEE and get in on the conversation.

In the meantime, check out these 10 tips to grow outdoor-loving kids..

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the Nourish film: Cameron Diaz, Jamie Oliver, Michael Pollan, us & food

Nourish

Nourish

Newfoundland is an island in the North Atlantic at the 47th parallel.  Since glaciers scraped much of the island’s fertile soil off onto the Grand Banks a long time ago, the growing was never that easy, but we managed.

These days most of what we eat is not from here.   Why is that?  And how do the pretty pinky-orange pears and other foods come to be here?

Nourish is a conversation about food and sustainability.  The Nourish film looks at our relationship to food, and how it connects to biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice.  It won lots of awards at film festivals.

Cameron Diaz, Jamie Oliver, Michael Pollan and many others whose knowledge is great but celebrity is more limited are featured.  Come see it!

Tuesday March 18, 2014,  7 – 9 pm (doors open 6:40)
District School, Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John’s (across from Arts and Culture Centre). Suggested minimum donation: $5

Brought to us by Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators NLEE

47thparalleThe green line shows the island of Newfoundland lining up at the 47th parallel.

the bARTer of exchange

Have a Preserve Party!

Have a Preserve Party!

There is a freedom in realizing how remarkably easy it can be to facilitate learning and sharing. The barter economy has largely become a thing of the past, yet, there are community-building ways to bring it back!  Barter is a big one for sustainability.

This past fall a thegreenrocker organized a ‘free school.’ Basically what it sounds like, a free school is an opportunity to learn something without paying any money.  Subjects are whatever is of interest:  home brew, preserves, the perfect espresso, or even book-making (like the little books they sell at Fixed).  Somebody with a skill may be more than willing to share it, and in turn learn something new from somebody else.  The free school can be as few as two.

Another couple of greenrockers had a cooking day one Sunday afternoon.  They chose good, freezaable recipes and found a Sobeys location that offered the use of their space and equipment.  The main ingredients were bought in the store.  Groceries went up the elevator, meals came down.  The were labelled, frozen, and enjoyed over the next few months.

You can also try a Soup Swap.  If five friends each make a big pot of a different soup and everyone brings take-home containers, well you get five different kinds of soup to enjoy throughout the week, or even freeze for later!   You can write down the recipe for everybody as well, so your friends can try making the soup again. You could swap any kind of food: dips, sauces, jams, cookies, casseroles etc.!

Swaps and exchanges are big boosts to cupboards, closets and friends.  Way to sustain!

get out – single digit below zero!

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It’s Friday, and -3 in St. John’s!  On the heels of the minus double digits, today’s blue-clear sky, squeaky white snow, and balmy temp are a perfect inspiring breath of warm air.  Skiing and snowshowing are great, but a simple skote down the street (no sign of pavement on this one), or a walk through Quidi Vidi will put the world in a bright perspective.    And it smells so good on your clothes and on your skin and on the kids!

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But it won’t last!  

Coming soon – the snowdrops and crocuses and hope of summer, but they haul along the loooooog season of damp cold, and receding snow. 

Go NOW!   Fortify yourself.