I am thrilled to announce that I have expanded Camp 4 to include a ceramics studio. I have studied ceramics for over 25 years and after a LONG break from practicing my art, I am excited to get back into the studio and start creating wheel thrown and sculptural pieces. Continue reading
Every year we look forward to renewing our local CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture) memberships. On Bainbridge Island, we enjoy our weekly produce from Butler Green Farms CSA program but we really look forward to our monthly delivery of fresh oysters through the Port Madison Community Shellfish Farms.
That may be what you are thinking when you read the title of this post but more and more cities are having this debate as plans surface to ban plastic bags from being used within their cities. And like everything political, there are two sides to the story.
When I first heard about this proposed ban in our city I thought it was a great idea. “Yes! Ban use of those nasty bags! Then we won’t see them washed up on beaches and found in the stomachs of whales a because they look somewhat like a slimy food source.”
But then after doing some research and learning more about the proposed ban, I started wondering if there is a better way to get to the same goal? After all, I think both sides of the debate would agree that they would be happy to see a reduction in plastic usage and keeping plastics out of landfills and water sources.
I made this dish for my husband’s birthday. It features our Duck Eggs and Duck Bacon (which is essentially cured duck breast sliced on the bias and leaving the fat in place). It was incredible! Best eaten the same day it is prepared as over time the “sauce” is absorbed into the noodles and loses the texture.
Last month, I hit the open road for our island’s annual garden tour. And unlike past years, I thought I should embrace alternative transportation and bike to each one of the gardens (a 25 mile tour with hills, valleys and more hills).
What I miscalculated was 1) my level of conditioning 2) the weight of my road bike on all the hills!
Let me just say first, it was totally fun, but exhasting! But let me also admit, it got me thinking why I don’t get around town by bike more often. The answer boils down to the reasons outlined in points #1 and #2 above.
So #1 is just about getting out there and getting back in shape – I will admit that the last year has had me in front of my computer more than working out. But as much good intention I have, every time I think about biking somewhere, I remember the killer hills near our home and my ambitions to be a biking road warrior quickly die. So that leads to point #2 – getting a better bike to help me get up the hills.
So wrapped in a cloud of Bengay, I head to my local bike shop for some coaching and purchase support.