This is my first blog. I am a teacher in southern ontario. At the end of last summer I bought my first house after living in an apartment for years. The best part about owning a house for me is having a yard to spend the days in. Many of my fondest memories are from gatherings in a backyard. Whether it be as simple as a family dinner outside, or as fancy as a beautiful backyard wedding and everything in between. When I lived in the apartment i was lucky to have a large beautiful park right next door and I would have regular BBQ's in the park with friends (but lugging my camping grill down to the park was not so much fun). As the weather is getting nicer outside I am excited to enjoy my own backyard. Some of the projects I have in mind for this summer is growing my first vegetable garden, making a cob oven, and sewing bench cushions for the large built-in benches on my deck. In this blog I will post updates on the garden, the oven, and recipes. I hope you enjoy and get some ideas for your yard. I also look forward to all the suggestions and comments from you.