Author Archives: Brina Schenk

Music Break : Motel 6


I feel like my parents would appreciate this song, for the harmonies. My parents used to be in a traveling singing group and they looooooved to harmonize.

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Fernie On Instagram : Last Day At The Hill

Did You Know : Trail Closure Today

did you know - city of fernie news

From City of Fernie:

“Please be advised: Starting today from 8 am – 2 pm there will trail closures by the Dogwood Boat Launch as crews will be removing hazardous trees from the area. Please adhere to signage and provide crews a safe space to work.
Thank you for the anticipated cooperation.”

Music Break : Cruel World

I can’t tell you exactly what it is about this song that I love but I can’t get enough.

Starting An Illustration Series: Birds & Botanicals

I’ve decided to start a new collection of drawings, pairing birds and a tropical or not so tropical plant. I don’t think I should limit myself. It’s no secret that I love birds. I love identifying bird songs just as much as I love drawing them and I love plants. I’m planning on creating 20 of these illustrations, a nice sized collection, and I’ve three already.: Heron, Kingfisher and Loon. These little projects bring me immense pleasure. Have yourself a wonderful day!

Birds and Botanicals Illustration Art Collection by Brina Schenk

I’ll keep you posted on how this series is going. I know you can’t wait to find out what birds I’m going to do next.

Free To Roam

Occasionally, the subject of free range kids comes up with friends. Should we allow our children to go alone beyond our “safe zone” aka: yard, when this doesn’t seem to be a popular trend? Our area of play was much larger when we were kids. I remember exploring the large back field behind my house when I was 6 years old and my mother was not watching us. I also had older brothers, so she might have expected them to watch over me.

How far would you let your 5 year old roam from your house?  Do you allow them to leave the yard? Go beyond the block? At what age do we allow them to go further? When does their world get bigger?

Living in Fernie, there doesn’t appear to be much danger…other than the distracted drivers, startled bears and fast flowing rivers.

One family I know in Fernie who allows their children a lot of freedom, very few boundaries, they’ seem to be fine. The children are a bit older than mine but I love the idea of free range kids…it’s just a bit hard to let go and know when they’re ready.

grayscale photography of girl walking on grass field

Photo by Derwin Edwards on Pexels.com

Turning Lemons Into Lemon Loaf

We had some abandoned lemons at our house so I’ve been baking lemon rich recipes lately and I couldn’t be happier. It’s funny how you crave certain flavours more than others, and at times, only certain times of the year. There are rare occasions when I don’t want anything lemon flavoured, which might, honestly, only happen after a lemon heavy stint, such as next week. But sometimes I don’t want fruit, I’m just not into it, or in winter when you don’t want to even look at a salad. My body is saying: you don’t make friends with salad.

I’ve been told there’s a reason we grow foods seasonally, so in the summer we eat bananas because they cool us down in the heat. I’m going to pay close attention to my body and its cravings and eat lemon loaf when my body wants it (every day).

Here a questions, should we just be eating chickadees and deer in the winter? Think about it.

black and white chickadee