I live on eleven acres of paradise in a forest on the Sechelt Peninsula of the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.   Late blooming hippies, my husband and I hand-built our home in the 70’s hoping to live a self-sufficient lifestyle, (that was before sustainable was a word) although now our place seems to be more of a wildlife feeding station.  Roosevelt elk roam the woods, deer nibble our berry bushes, Red Douglas squirrels help themselves to the hazel and walnut trees we planted thirty years ago and birds of every variety make themselves right at home in our fruit trees, birdhouses and feeders.  Black bear, raccoon and the rare civet cat wander through looking for anything interesting to eat.  We’ve had a bobcat check us out a couple of times too.  Tigger the cat was carried off by a coyote.  Now we share our life with Beulah the Barred Rock hen, and occasionally our three daughters and six grand kids.  I write lists as well as poetry and  prose.  I have had several published over the years in magazines and newspapers in Canada and the USA. My husband, Ken, is a photographer and water-colour artist as well as gardener, builder and jack-of-all-trades.

Our homepage: www.hardtocomeby.com

12 Responses to About

  1. hernibs says:

    Thank you. She was the first dog we mourned. Since then we have had Tash who took to chasing and plucking the chickens alive. He had to go. Then Falina, a lovely small Black Lab female I got as a puppy for Ken’s birthday. She was part of our family for 17 years. Our last dog was Theo, a large Black Lab male. We don’t know how old he was when we got him, he was a rescue dog, but he was in the family 10 years before he died. We’ve also had lots of cats adopt us over the years. We’ve talked about getting sheep and/or llamas. Maybe one day.


  2. Understand the issue. We have some hens as well but they stay fully fenced as protection against the coyotes.

    Oh, and I was terribly remiss in not offering our condolences about you losing Emma. That must have been heart-breaking for you and Ken.


  3. hernibs says:

    We LOVE the Oregon coast! Depoe Bay was one of our favourite spots. The whole coast is beautiful. Ours is a little tamer than your end though. Sounds like you have quite the menagerie! Our cat just got taken by coyotes so we’re touchy about getting any more animals though we’d love to have more than just our two hens which are enclosed behind an electric fence which makes me feel so sorry for them. They loved to free range the whole acreage on bug patrol but now that the coyotes have moved in it’s much too risky to let them out. We do put them into the well fenced orchard some days but it isn’t as secure as it should be now.


  4. Across the water and a further 600 miles to the South. (Merlin, Oregon) Sounds like beautiful country where you live. One day when we don’t have so many animals to love (9 dogs, 4 cats, 4 horses, 2 budgerigars: at the last count!) it would be good to travel in your general direction.


  5. hernibs says:

    Ha. Are you across the water from us? I had hopes of hanging the laundry on the line but it’s looking more like rain every minute. I might hold off until tomorrow for line drying. Emma was a German Shepherd also. She was a puppy when I first met Ken and the only thing we ever allowed to get between us, where she insisted on constantly being. She disappeared into the woods one day without a trace when she was about 10. We have had two black labs since Emma. At the moment we are dogless.


  6. Hang on a mo and I’ll bring some of our washing across! 😉 My icon is Pharaoh, an 11-year-old German Shepherd dog and the original motivation behind my scribblings!


  7. hernibs says:

    Thank you Paul. I’ll have to take a look at your blog when I get the laundry done. 😉 You icon looks like our Emma dog, gone but never forgotten.


  8. Found this place through Kimberley of words4jp – can see why she recommended your blog. Well done!


  9. hernibs says:

    Thank you so much for all your likes on my blogs. It feels good to inspire others. Writing can be so healing and sharing it even more so. hugs

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  10. Cha Annie says:

    Hi, I think your blog is absolutely stunning.
    I am so inspired by your lifestyle, what a beautiful life to have lived – you should take great pride in your family and everything you’ve created.
    What an inspiration, thanks for sharing your work and a glimpse into your life.
    Stay wonderful xx ❤


  11. hernibs says:

    Thank you. I will peruse your blog as well, looks fascinating. Challenge is what keeps us alive and healthy methinks. Hernibs



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