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Viki Mather

Viki Mather
Viki Mather lives by a lake near Sudbury.

Previous Columns by Viki Mather

You might as well learn to love the winter
February 08, 2016

If you only knew how beautiful winter is, you would not hate it anymore. Sure, you may think I’m retired and live at the edge of a lake. If it...

Winter has arrived — finally, as far as I’m concerned
January 06, 2016

I love winter. When winter really comes to stay, it’s easy to get out on the lake and into the forest. Cold is the key, cold enough to freeze the...

Rare December paddle holds much beauty
December 10, 2015

For as long as I have lived at the shore of the lake, waiting for ice has been an intriguing time. It’s late this year, but that’s okay. Each morning...

First snowfall and memories of the forest in summer
November 20, 2015

I love walking in the woods. The silence of the forest, the majesty of the old pines, the very air has a calming presence. Away from this computer, away from...

A beautiful day to be stranded in the bush
October 19, 2015

In retrospect, I was walking way too fast down that steep hill at the end of August. If you happened to read my last column, you may recall that I...

The day I met a bear on the Wright's Lake Trail
September 17, 2015

At the end of August, I was cooking for 50 people at Camp Manitou, the last family camp for 2015. Cooking for this very appreciative collection of people in the gorgeous...

Enjoy the outdoors but don’t be a slob about it
August 12, 2015

A very large tent appeared on a very small island. I could watch them from my living room window. My thoughts were, that’s great!  Some folks have found some time...

Column: The majesty of a midsummer morning
July 24, 2015

Midsummer morning. First light comes at five. I wake just enough to see the clock. I notice there is no wind, no sound. With eyes closed, I see the lake....

Column: Snappers invaded my garden and I don't mind
June 19, 2015

People sometimes complain about the troubles of gardening with clay. Some complain about sandy soil. I would be happy with either — just try gardening on bedrock!Then last summer, I...

Lessons in history hidden all around us
May 25, 2015

The older we get, the more interesting history becomes. Allan has taken a keen interest in the historic logging camps of the North. Whenever we are canoeing along a...

Learning about the 'bear' necessities
April 16, 2015

Last June, I attended a kayaking symposium. The Friday evening speaker was Mike McIntosh, who operates Bear With Us. At first, I figured I didn’t need to go to the...

Another shot at winter camping
March 25, 2015

The first time I camped in winter was in Grand Teton National Park. Travelling by myself, as I often did in my 20s, I decided to see the stars up...

Seeing the forest, but visiting the trees
February 19, 2015

The snowshoeing has been great this winter.There is just enough snow to make it worthwhile putting the 'shoes on, but not so much as to make it hard to get...

Column: Hope springs eternal for northern gardeners
November 06, 2014

It is not easy to make a garden on the Canadian Shield. Yet for the past 30 years I have been giving it a try.Raised beds, containers, half barrels, and...

Hope springs eternal for northern gardeners
November 04, 2014

It is not easy to make a garden on the Canadian Shield. Yet for the past 30 years I have been giving it a try.Raised beds, containers, half barrels, and...

Column: Mushroom season has arrived
September 18, 2014

My neighbour came by to tell me about a great crop of big beautiful mushrooms in his yard. Are they good to eat? I walked over to have a look.They...

Column: Thunder on the horizon
August 21, 2014

The fourth day out on our trip, we tied the canoe to one of the many logs that had jammed up by the ancient dam.We scrambled over rocks and logs...

Column: A little bear R-E-S-P-E-C-T
August 05, 2014

Bears are scary, no doubt about that. They are big and strong. They have sharp teeth and claws. They can run faster than I can. They make scary sounds. They...

Column: Stoop and scoop is not just for dogs
June 26, 2014

Getting out and about in nature nurtures our souls. Cruising along the lake shore in a canoe or kayak or boat, our eyes take in scenes of beauty of rocks...

Column: Planting in the Shield
May 29, 2014

It is not easy making a garden on bedrock. Other people complain of hard-packed clay or too much sand. It makes me jealous. Try digging directly into the Canadian Shield.Nonetheless,...

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