Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Where I've Been...

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.' ~ John Muir

Hello.  My name is Renee.  Maybe you remember me?  I write a food blog called Sweetsugarbean.  I know, I know.  I can be a cheeky wench.  But seriously.  Where have I been lately?  This space has been so quiet.  But life surely hasn't.  Let me tell you that.  You know when you least expect it, shit just happens.  In this case it's been all good.  So good.  I adopted another kitten.  Yes, for real.  She lived under my bed for two weeks.  Long story; all of it coming soon.  Also, I met a boy.  Who turned out to be my boyfriend.  Long story; all of it coming soon.  Maybe now the blog silence is beginning to make sense?  Ren's been busy!  Plus it's planting time and I've been busy digging in dirt rather than in computerland.  If you want to get in touch, I won't be on Twitter of Facebook very much, but in my garden and with my friends.  You know.  Interacting with real life.  Speaking of real life, at the beginning of May I made another visit to the yurt.  Maybe you'll remember when I took a little retreat there in the fall?  Well, as a birthday present to myself I went back for a couple of sweet days, just to unwind and regroup from the general unpleasantness of winter.  It was a long one here, and as you'll see from the following photos, winter was still clinging on a bit up in Northern Sask, but I didn't mind.  It was just as spectacular as the first time I went - a tonic for this soul, if there ever was one.  Flora Bora is definitely one of my favourite places on the planet, and since my stay there life has been so good.  Knock wood, touch wood, whatever you call it.  Good feeling, stay with me just a little longer.

As soon as I arrived, I dumped my luggage inside the yurt and took to the trails - some of them still ice and snow covered.  But, cool things always happen when you look down...

...and up.  If you squint, you can see a wee slip of a moon.  

The lake was still covered in ice, but I mean.  Just look at the vista.  

A Sunday drive into Prince Albert National Park meant getting up close and personal with some elk -   completely unfazed by the car, and my camera.   

Early morning yurt light.

This tree.  I may or may not have hugged it.

Land of living skies. 

This is a yurt, just in case you were wondering.  

How I Go Into The Woods

Ordinarily I go into the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable.

I don't really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of praying as you no doubt have yours.

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit on top of a dune, as motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone into the woods with me, I must love you very much.

Mary Oliver

Croissant French Toast, eaten outside, under the trees.  The best way, if there ever was. 



  1. This post makes me exceptionally happy.

  2. Loved this update and sounds like you're in such a good place. Go with it and enjoy!

  3. What a fabulous experience, snow or not! Beautiful photos. Happy about the kittie and the boyfriend, as long as he is good for you!

  4. lovely! Glad things are going so well :)
    Beautiful pictures.

  5. It looks so beautiful there, pictures like that make me miss Winter for some strange reason as I hate being cold.

  6. Movita - Me too!
    Jennifer - Thanks lady - I am :)
    Mimi - It was a lovely experience. Both the kitten and dude are treating me super good :)
    Ashley - So nice hearing from you! You would love it there!
    Laura - It's a lovely part of the world - even when there is a little snow :)

  7. Renee, yay! I'm so glad you've been busy with good stuff: love, wilderness, gardening, friends, and kittens.... what more can one ask for. And I so respect that you are letting this place be as quiet as you need it to be. We all understand and want you to live life. That's the whole point, isn't it:)
    Enjoy it all!

  8. Wow. I've lived in Manitoba my entire life and I never knew such a thing existed. Lovely.

  9. Those are really beautiful pictures you've taken

  10. I'm so glad life has been good to you lately, Renee! Live it up, friend!

  11. Erin - Lovely to hear from you! xo
    Laura - Yes, yurts do exist in Sask. Come visit!
    Anna - Thank you!
    Jess - I will, thanks lady :)


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