Battle River Ranch

On Saturday June 16, 2018 I loaded up my van with bedding plants, flowers and perennials from my garden and friends. It was time to create a rock garden from the pile of rocks and boulders that were left behind from digging the basement of the new lodge. The weeds had already been treated with roundup. I arrived at 8:30 am by 9:30 Joel Enns came to help; a trainee and Josiah a student from Lloydminster to complete his 10 hours of volunteer hours. Ernest the director of the camp came to help with our needs. Supplying a water hose, gloves, tools and then a back hoe for Joel to bring a large amount of good soil to add around the rocks and boulders. By noon we started to see the making of a beautiful rock garden. Our mission came to an end at 2:30 pm. Joel was amazed at…

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The Duck’s Nest and Sorrow

For days in the early spring I watched a mallard duck and his partner sitting on the road behind the truck wash. The long weekend brought me into my back yard where I notice I had a new friend. A mallard duck. Each time I went into my back yard she would fly away from my garden gate. I discovered she was sitting on 7 eggs. I learned a lot how she covered up her nest with feathers and leaves. I watched daily to be sure that “Nellie” was sitting on her eggs. She would never stay in her nest when I worked in my yard. On Saturday June 16 I came home from Battle River Ranch and checked on Nellie. Sadness. Disappointment. The nest was destroyed and 2 eggs were broken. Nellie was gone.  My friend Ron had lent me his camouflage video camera to record Nellie and her…

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6 self-renewal suggestions for the busy practitioner

6 self-renewal suggestions for the busy practitioner June 12, 2018 By Jules Torti Self-care. Self-renewal. They are vague concepts we push on our clients for their ‘take-home’ after a massage treatment. It all seems so achievable at the moment – but where to begin? Axe-throwing? A grown-up bouncy castle? As massage therapists, are we taking note of our own homework? Are we implementing our grand ideas for meditation and Epsom soaks? A quick poll among colleagues usually reveals how infrequently we follow our own advice. When did you last have a massage? Sleep-in? Exercise four times a week? Eat mindfully? It all starts with a ‘To Don’t’ list. As a Virgo, I’m notorious for making lists. It’s my default setting. To Don’t lists are even more satisfying, though, because they give you permission to say no and be the centre of attention. Don’t turn on your phone. Don’t get sucked…

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