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Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Copper Branch

I kept hearing super good things about The Copper Branch
so when we were in Barrie for one of my appointments with a pain specialist,
I was pretty excited to finally get there and give it a try.

The food was simply and healthy, though I admit, I wasn't crazy about the turmeric latte I had
and in my opinion the dishware left something to be desired
BUT the decor and overall atmosphere of the place was quite nice, I'd recommend a visit atleast once.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Tulip & Bunny

I am excited about this new image
but I am suddenly really disliking the paper so I am also anxious to finish it!

This little leaping bunny on the top is suppose to be Miss Misa Adora.
I am hoping to finish it up next week but we'll see how my pain levels are.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Stop Ontario's Plans To Increase Wolf & Coyote Hunting

I wish I had a picture of a wolf or a coyote to get your attention for this post but I don't.
So instead picture wolves, coyotes and moose running in this setting, together, in their natural habitat
because this is THEIR NATURAL HABITAT & in this day and age it's about time we learn to protect instead of constantly taking and destroying!
I am ashamed to be Canadian if this new law gets through.

Quickly put, the moose populations are on the decline
But the real reasons of the decline are not being addressed.
Climate change & hunting are the culprits, end of story.
The Ontario government wants to change the hunting regulations
because that's them blaming the moose population decline on wolves and coyotes!!!
Wolves and coyote and moose have for centuries been co-existing.
Wolves and coyotes are simply NOT main predators of the moose...
hunters are...
climate change and therefore food source changes, pest problems etc are....
NOT wolves & coyotes but the hunting community of course wants everyone to think so
and the the government is under pressure and is in danger of curtailing to the ones
who care about our natural habitat and our cultural icons the least.

What can you do?
Write the Ontario government.  I just did.  My letter is below. Use it, change it as you please,
just let your voice be heard on behalf of the innocent.
Help fight for the wolves and coyotes PLEASE.

The deadline for letters/comments is tomorrow night 12pm,
It just take a few moments, especially if you go off my letter below.

For more info go here and write your comment/letter right here

(Thank You to those who do XO)


I am writing to you today with a very heavy heart as I recently hear about the proposed changes to the management of the wolf, moose and coyote hunting regulations in northern Ontario (ERO 019-0405/ERO 019-0406).

Most people know that the moose population is not under attack by the wolves and coyotes but by climate change and hunters. As the world seems to worsen by the day, people are losing hope, now is the time more than ever that the population needs to believe in its government.  We simply cannot continue to see our government as the bad guys constantly stepping all over and using our amazing natural world to their advantage.  Please do not bow to the pressure of the hunters and instead show that the Ontario government will take steps to protect our moose, who are indeed a cultural symbol. 

In this day and age where cruelty is being fought against at every corner of the world, be part of the movement to a kinder future and show that Canadians care to protect its wildlife.  Show that we are intelligent as we know there is absolutely no scientific proof that the new hunting law for wolves and coyotes will help the moose populations from declining. Also, consider that wolves, coyotes and moose have been living together in their own natural dynamic for longer than any of us have been around.  It is irresponsible and disgusting of anyone, especially our government, to move forward placing blame on the blameless when it should be looking at the real culprits: habitat loss, climate change, hunting, especially the hunting of moose calf.

By easing regulations, removing requirements for reporting, extending the hunting season we are taking a terrible step backwards instead of forward.  By making these changes we are sending the wrong message about Canada, that we are irresponsible, cold and do not care to protect the amazing animals that help us a beautiful place to live in and experience

I implore my government to not take steps to make life easier for the hunting community but to instead protect the moose habitat and end all moose calf hunting.  I want to feel proud of how my government protects our iconic natural world and its sentient living beings.  I need my government to be protectors not destroyers.  Please reconsider the proposed regulations.

A Compassionate Concerned Canadian,
Mandy Saile

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Summers End

We've been having a very difficult summer, starting with me, continuing most frightfully
with my honey the past month, we're still in recovery/cope mode right now, it's been hard...
Give me some time and I'll start to catch you up a little bit on what's been going on.

It's been a really hard summer, if I think about it I honestly want to cry!
I am feeling quite raw & emotional right now so today in efforts to cheer myself up, I post about some of the lovely days of summer, which yes, ha ha, is usually us out in the yard with the buns!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Anything Can Be Meatfree

I believe that there is a vegan version of everything, sure it won't taste the same as a meat or
dairy version but to me it would taste better because it doesn't mean the torture & death of anyone!
All it takes is a bit of effort and a willingness & desire to be one less person harming animals.  

Take our vegan "Beefaroni" here (with homemade marinated mushrooms, soy milk & eggfree bread).
It took awhile to perfect it but it is so so tasty & would satisfy any meat-eater.
If anyone wants our recipe, let me know & I am happy to write it out for ya XO

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Flynn & His Flower

Just one of my favorite shots ever our our Flynn eating a dandelion.

It's been a very rough week, more on that later, but this sweet face cheers me up.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dragonfly Nypmh

Do you know what this is?  This is a dragonfly nymph...

How super cool is it that this will turn into a dragonfly!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

A Once In A Lifetime Girl

One year ago this week we rescued our Lydia-Loo from an awful abusive & neglectful situation.

Happy happy rescue day Lydia-Loo, your truly a dream come true.  A once in a lifetime bunny XO.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Korra-Soleil Gotcha Day

This month we celebrated Korra-Soleil's 4th year adoption day from the Toronto Humane Society...

This year she is 7.5 years old.  She's a big gal and has arthritis in her legs but she's doing really well.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Rabbit Distractions

A little closer to the end now...I can not wait to do a test run of this beauty...

Misa thinks she helps to keep me on track but her cuteness is the ultimate distraction!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Paddling In The Forest

This was a paddle down one of my favorite kayaking routes, super close to where we live. 

We were able to paddle into the forest, usually not accessible because the whole river was flooded.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Super Lucky

Have I happened to mention how my sweet sweet honey keeps me well stocked in flowers!

I know, I know I am insanely spoiled and super lucky, I know it and I absolutely bask in it & love it!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Duck Friends

Did I happen to mention that this summer two ducks found sanctuary in our front yard!
And we live right in the middle of the city so it felt extra magical to me!!
Last season I helped care for 2 baby ducks and being near these beauties reminded me of that time.

I didn't feed them but they did munch a bit on the fallen birdseed.  I did give them fresh water a few times a day though.  They've moved on now which is good because I am not set up to care for ducks that won't fly South in the winter but I think there's a good chance they'll be back next Spring.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Fizzy Is Doing Great

Barnaby Fizz went from a shaking little malnourished neglected leaf to a cuddle bug supreme...

He's doing great & is so much fun to have around.  I am completely obsessed & in love with him.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Tee-Tee I Miss You

I'll be able to show you guys this watercolour next week, it's just about done.

This one was inspired by my girl Teela, who I miss deeply, every single day.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Boon Burger

If you ever gave a chance to try a place called Boon Burger don't pass it up.

It's Canada's first all vegan burger cafe chain and is seriously super awesome.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Artist Making Art Cards

Making sure I pound the water (for my chronic migraines) whiles I work away on a big card order...


I absolutely LOVE making my handmade art cards, they are work but I really really just love it.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dirty Works

I am a huge fan of Dirty Works, whenever I see them at Winners I get them...have you tried them?

I highly recommend their products, especially if you like your skin to tingle & they are cruelty-free.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Lyddie Love

Hmmmmmm Lydia snuggles... Nothing beats her snuggles.

She is hands down the most affectionate bun we've ever had.