Adventures in my own backyard


Cauliflowers are getting bigger and “pinker”.



Frogs are taking refuge under the lettuces and zucchini plants.


Cosmos at high noon


Roupie is working his magic on a bamboo shoot.


Kale right off the garden: in the tabbouleh with nasturtium flowers


I am trying something new: no, not gonna eat the CelluClay with the rapini! This was bought during one of my lasts trips to Montreal; it is a mix of cellulose and clay. I tried mixing it with more or less water to see how it turns out once dry, which should take about 24 hours. I heard that it can be sanded and painted, can’t wait to play with it!

The inspiration behind the title of this post: the album Adventures in your own backyard (Patrick Watson). It has been playing a lot around here these past few weeks!

And to finish off this post: I was spending some “quality time” (read go to bed too late) on internet last night, trying to find out more information about Patrick Watson when I stumbled upon this video. It is set up in Abitibi, Destor and Rouyn-Noranda to be more precise. It does not depict the town on its best side but it is really touching, maybe because Rouyn is where I spent most of my childhood? The stories of mister Morasse* are delightful and so is the relationship between him and P. Watson. To all of you who saw that impromptu show near the train tracks: I am so jealous!
*Morasse poutine (fast food) is kind of an institution in Rouyn-Noranda.

Summer colours


Ecoline, ink and micron pen on paper

Summer studio

Lettuces from our vegetable garden

Greens from the vegetable garden

Summer colours are officially in!
– In my work
– In our outdoor studio/office
– In our food

Spring and summer land art from Walter Mason

I have almost completed July’s wallpaper, it will be ready for tomorrow.


Les couleurs d’été explosent un peu partout!
– Dans mon travail
– Dans notre bureau/studio extérieur
– Dans notre assiette

Walter Mason : land art printemps/été

Le fond d’écran du mois de juillet est presque terminé, il sera en ligne demain!


In progress…

In progress
Ecoline, ink and graphite on paper, work in progress…

Kale from last autumn
Some of the kale seeds survived winter

Sweet pea and Roupie
Sweet peas are emerging and Roupie the Mittens is making his rounds.


A lot of things that were dormant are starting to awaken.
Summers are short around here so nature is in a hurry!
It won’t be long before colour pops everywhere.

The rainettes (tree frogs) have been singing every night for the past weeks. You can’t imagine a more beautiful concert. I have just recorded their song, you can hear it over here
And this is the song of the grenouille taureau (bullfrog). Some of them hang out in a pond not too far from our house; I think I prefer the sweet voices of the rainettes!

What is your favourite concert?


I think August is one of my favourite months.  I feel sad and happy at the same time since it means the end of summer, but it’s also its apotheosis: cicadas and crickets are singing, the air smells like hay and ripe raspberries, the colors seem a bit warmer.

I enjoy taking long walks at that time of the year; I leave for at least one hour, sometimes more. It helps to relax the crazy little hamster running in my head when I’ve been spending too much time in front of the computer.

This is what a part of my usual circuit looks like…

Here is another very good reason to love August:

Et ça continue :-)

Quelques bébés de 2007

The vegetable garden gets very generous!