MINUTIAE of Daily Life

Ailsa Francis
Plants, gardens, nature, dogs, living lightly and whatever is on my mind...
Created 28 Dec 2020
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  • Sprinkle me here...
    16 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    When I visited this mountain with my sister, the leafy colour crescendo sparked thoughts of our own mortality and so we spoke about death. Concerns about our mother were top of mind; she is in the las...
  • "It is my most fervent wish that you take care of your mother"
    13 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 3 2
    It wasn’t pretty. My mother is 92. She has Alzheimer’s disease and lives in a long-term care home. She’s lived there since before Covid began. It’s a nice place actually, with caring, attentive and th...
  • Goodbye lawn, hello colourful garden!
    17 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    For me, making a garden is a continuous, evolving process. I don’t believe I have ever made a garden that I didn’t come back to, time and again, and shifted, tweaked or re-thought the arrangement of p...
  • Ruminations on the fragility of life
    12 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    Do you ever feel like you are treading water, battling the current, floundering, stuck? Even if you’re not sure where you’re supposed to be going? Over the last two weeks, I’ve had two experiences tha...
  • What is your pleasure?
    01 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    There are quiet moments in many gardens, but sometimes they are missed. Sometimes they happen due to serendipity. Sometimes they arise from mistakes. Sometimes, though, they are created and their real...
  • Thimbleberry
    28 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    If you’re walking in the woods and you happen across an opening in the canopy where a crack of sunshine peaks in, you might find growing there a large shrub with maple-shaped leaves… It looks like a b...
  • Jeff's garden above the lake...
    06 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Years ago I met Jeff and was lucky enough to hit it off… Lucky because he is a man with a great love of plants and a greater love of creating and nurturing a sense of home all within a wonderful sense...
  • Canada. Kanata*
    02 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 2
    I really don’t feel qualified to write this post. But I didn’t want to remain silent on this Canada Day in the face of the realization that Canada’s founding fathers and church leaders attempted to ex...
  • The new garden...first glimpses
    09 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 2 1
    All gardens are special. Not all gardens are to everyone’s taste, but that’s okay. To the people who enjoy them, they are special. I remember once writing in a community paper that dyed mulch was unat...
  • The crab apple is just fine but the apple reigns supreme in our early history
    20 May 2021 • 3 min read • 1 2
    The striking display that is the crab apple tree in full flower is one of the glories of May. It’s enough to make you want to plant one. But wait, not so fast. Crabs, as they are unfortunately yet aff...
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