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Viki Mather
Viki Mather lives by a lake near Sudbury.

Previous Columns by Viki Mather

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,...

Life with dog
March 19, 2014

People often ask us why we don’t own a dog. Life here in the wilds seems a perfect place to share with a canine friend. My reply has always been,...

Get out and enjoy it
February 13, 2014

Enough with the snow already?! Maybe. Probably not. Take a deep breath … let it go. We still have the rest of February. All of March. And April too. Don’t...

A walk in the woods
January 28, 2014

There is a narrow strip of land between the road and the ski trail. In some places it is only 20 meters, in others it’s perhaps 200 meters wide. Surprisingly,...

Lessons the ice teaches us
December 18, 2013

I almost got out for one last paddle in the canoe on Nov. 28, but a 15-foot wide band of ice at the shoreline was too thick to get the...

How lucky we are
November 13, 2013

So, what is the price of gas this week? I admit to looking around a bit on the day I’m in the city and the tank is running low. Like...

October means it’s time for apples
October 10, 2013

October. Apples! Every autumn we travel south to visit friends and gather in the harvest. All sorts of things grow there that just can’t make it here in the Northern...

Living the wild life
September 18, 2013

It has been a great year for blueberries. For the first time in many years, I am still finding the warm, sweet berries in a few of the wilder parts...

Fireweed: Summer’s stopwatch
August 21, 2013

Fireweed is amoung the first plants to occupy the land after a forest fire. It tends to grow in profusion that some people might consider weed-like, thus the name.But is...

Life is a bowl of cherries
July 17, 2013

One day several years ago I was admiring the fresh fruit at our local farmers’ market. There were these odd-looking cherries that caught my eye. They weren’t the large, dark...

Last child in the woods
June 17, 2013

When my youngest daughter was around eight years old, a friend suggested I might be interested in a book called “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv. My immediate...

Ice to Water
May 29, 2013

The end of winter is marked by the melting of the ice.This is one of the two most miraculous events of the year. The other miracle, naturally, is when the...

Travelling in your own backyard
May 01, 2013

You might think April was a tedious extension of winter. Will it snow again this weekend? Probably not. But if it did, you would not hear me complaining.After all, this...

The first of spring
March 26, 2013

On March 20, spring arrived at long last. But this is still March, so it is only the first part of spring that we see through the window this morning.The...

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