Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout was borrowed from the Fernie Heritage Library as a filler because the books I requested were out. I had typed Elizabeth Strout’s name in my ‘book’ notes on my phone but it wasn’t the exact novel recommended but I thought I’d give this one a try. Abide With Me is mostly about a family, the father being a minister, living in a small town in America and surviving and dealing with loss.
The book doesn’t show much positivity or too much activity either but there is a beautiful look at how a family deals with tragedy – and even the community around them. Strout gives all sorts of perspectives in this town – teachers, patronages, family, friends, house keepers etc. What the people around the family observes and what they expect from them is so harsh. If I ever talk to anyone that is grieving, I hope I am patient, loving and kind and never push them to move on or be happy.
I’m interested in reading another book by Elizabeth Strout – I hear Olive Kitterage is great…but after this book of sadness, I’m not sure I’m ready for it just yet.
And that’s in my uneducated opinion.
You may have seen Soco Soaps at the Fernie Mountain Market (Sundays from 10-2 only 2 left and then a bonus at Feast & Fest) and you may have also seen her on Instagram. Now that I think about it, you might also get her products at The Healing Hollow, downtown Fernie. If you haven’t, you should follow her on instagram! Look at that mountain soap! That’s talent.
The EcoGarden is holding workshops (one has already passed) on how to save seeds from your garden.
Seed Saving mini-workshops at the EcoGarden:
Thursday, August 13th, 6:30-7:30pm and Saturday, August 29th, 10:00 – 11:00am. Same material covered both days, with different plants featured as seeds mature. Free, with handouts for a donation. Also info about Seeds of Diversity, Canada’s heritage seed program. EcoGarden on Facebook.
It may already be full…but if you’re interested in learning some Greek recipes, check this out and give Infinitea a call.
“This month’s cooking class we are heading to the Mediterranean with a class centered around Greek Food.
The class and recipes has been produced by Ali Elgarani who was born and raised in Morocco before moving to Quebec. Ali has worked at over 20 restaurants throughout his career and currently works The Bridge Bistro.
Ali has designed a menu filled with some Greek classics and also some modern twists on familiar dishes.
The menu will include:
Feta ‘Crete’ – Feta cheese flambeed in coffee & Sambuca
Tomato Salad (capers, kalamata olives, parsley)
Greek Yoghurt, caramel apple & Fennel crumble
The class will start at 6pm and run for 2 hrs. Then everyone will sit down to feast on the night’s achievements.
As usual the class will be $35 and will include the 2 hr class, the meal, a glass of wine and the recipes for the evening.
The class is limited to 10 people but guests can also join for the meal and a glass of wine after for $15.
Call 7785195258 or text 7782330258 to book.Thanks!
Infinitea T-Bar & Boutique”