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Viki Mather

Viki Mather
Viki Mather lives by a lake near Sudbury.

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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...

Experiencing real winter is kind of a treat - Viki Mather
March 14, 2013

It has been so long since we had a real winter, I had almost forgotten how much fun it can be.As long as I don’t have to get in the...

No ski trail needed on the lake - Viki Mather
January 24, 2013

It was a perfect day for skiing on the lake. Just a couple inches of snow covered most of the icy surface. No trail needed, we could go anywhere. There...

Notes from an ice watcher - Viki Mather
December 21, 2012

It was a wet and dreary December ... until early last week. It took just one frigid, calm night. Next morning, I woke to ice at the shoreline. Suddenly, I am...

November on the lake
November 16, 2012

It is dark this November morning. And cold. I want to stay inside and hibernate.Dawn comes slowly. Eventually, the sun rises, but it gives little heat. I turn another page...

October mist rises with the sun - Viki Mather
October 18, 2012

Already the sun is rising late. It’s after 7:30 a.m. where I live, and it is going fast. Thankfully, the dawn arrives well before the sun pokes through the trees...

Mushroom foraging not for amateurs
September 14, 2012

 Mushrooms, mushrooms everywhere, but none are fit to eat. Or are they? A lot of us have a curious fascination with wild mushrooms. They seem to be fruiting everywhere this...

Over the hill - Viki Mather
August 22, 2012

I climbed to the top of another hill this month. I’ve completed six decades of life. Yet when I look in the mirror, I don’t see an old woman looking...

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