Persevering through Pain

Persevering through Pain

I was quite delighted when our new stationary bike arrived recently. Our gym closed over a year ago, and though it opened for a short time over the summer, we didn’t feel comfortable returning. Like many others, we eventually opted to purchase an exercise bike…

Overcoming “Motivation Malaise”

Overcoming “Motivation Malaise”

“The call to simplicity and freedom is a reminder that our worth comes not from the amount of our involvements, achievements, or possessions, but from the depth and care which we bring to each moment, place and person in our lives.” – Richard A. Bower Winter…

My Alpine Love Affair

My Alpine Love Affair

I have loved landscapes and flowers for as long as I can remember. I think my love of alpine landscapes was born during a mountain hike with my father, in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada. I was probably about 11 years old. I remember the…

Give the Gift of Education this Holiday Season!

Give the Gift of Education this Holiday Season!

The holiday season is fast approaching and as your thoughts turn to gift giving, consider purchasing unique gifts for your loved ones while also supporting a worthy cause. Sprig of Heather Artistry donates the proceeds from website sales to humanitarian and environmental projects. This blog…

Season of the Soul

Season of the Soul

Autumn is a lovely extravaganza; a cornucopia for the senses. It is the year’s grand finale; tantalizing us with dancing sunburnt leaves, delicious bounty, crisp air and honking geese. Autumn is usually a season of the soul, bringing reverence, thankfulness and calm reflection. The fluttering…

Retirement Reflections

Retirement Reflections

It’s two years now since I retired, leaving my scientific and planning careers in other capable hands. Having enjoyed my varied career immensely, I surprised myself when I decided to pursue artistic activities in retirement. On reflection, I have realized that creativity was always an…

The Intoxication of Spring

The Intoxication of Spring

“The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust Maybe it was the long winter and the slow spring, with COVID confinement as the proverbial “icing on the cake”… that all worked together to make spring…

Earth Day Reflections

Earth Day Reflections

I recently read a book by Richard Wagamese, entitled “For Joshua”. Richard is an Ojibway author who was cut off from his native roots at a young age and who struggled to find his identity and to understand his self-worth. He became a celebrated author…

Transformative Restoration at Butchart Gardens

Transformative Restoration at Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral gardens near Victoria, Canada. These spectacular display gardens welcome over a million visitors each year and were designated a National Historic Site in 2004. Robert Butchart was a pioneer in the cement industry. He was attracted to…

Reflections from a Mountain Stream

Reflections from a Mountain Stream

“Babbling brooks fill our hearts with their merry song, tinkling like child’s laughter.”  Heather Sinton Taking time to reflect by the side of a beautiful mountain stream is medicine for the soul. I love listening to the sound of trickling water and we will soon…