Friday, November 27, 2015

Simple, Soothing Cold Remedy


12 Tall Honey
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

My husband and I have been struggling with (another!) cold this year. While I'll reach for a throat losenge if I really need to, I much prefer natural remedies. My Hot Lemonade is great for soothing sore throats and clearing nasal passages and, in addition to tasting yummy, it will help you sleep.

Honey is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, improves the immune system, helps with digestion, calms the mind and promotes sleep. 

Sliced Lemons
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

Lemons are powerful antioxidants and are also credited with improving the immune system. They're packed with a host of vitamins and minerals, including but not limited to Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. Lemon juice helps to break fever and assists in weight loss and the prevention of kidney stones. 

Start feeling better with just three magic ingredients: Honey, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, and Hot Water. 

I usually start with about 1 heaping Tbsp. each of the Honey and Lemon in a mug, adjusting for taste after the hot water has been added. It's best consumed while hot and right before bed.

To your health!

Friday, November 20, 2015

RURAL Christmas Issue




The RURAL Christmas issue is available now. This free, on-line magazine is loaded with delicious recipes, interesting information, Contests, and it's all tied up together with a string of stunningly beautiful images. Click here to view.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Touch of Colour

Doodle Bouquet
Original Watercolour Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

I felt the need for colour today. When I sat down at my studio desk, I didn't require of myself a great masterpiece or anything noteworthy. I just wanted to put colour on the page and create something pleasing to the eye, with a touch of whimsy. I hope I've achieved that with this simple illustration.

What have you felt compelled to do today? I'd love to hear.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

First Day of Snow


Lacy
Original Photograph
© Carolynn Anctil 2015

We got our first real snowfall of the season yesterday. I let the hens outside once they'd had a chance to wake up and eat a good breakfast of warm oatmeal. 

Spot
Original Photograph
© Carolynn Anctil 2015

It was a beautiful winter day under heavy skies, with little to no wind. I had cleared the run of most of the snow and laid some straw out for them to walk on. Everyone came out briefly before deciding it was more comfortable inside the coop.

Winter Hen
Original Photograph
© Carolynn Anctil 2015

A few of the more adventurous girls came out periodically throughout the day to enjoy the crisp winter air and explore, but most elected to remain indoors for the day.

All in all, it was a good first day of real winter weather.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Sleepy Stars


Sleepy Stars
Original Watercolour Illustration
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

Inspiration for artwork comes from many different places. Dreams, magazine images, the written word. This piece was inspired by one of my favourite quotes.

"On a Sunday morning,
I carry sleepy stars behind my ears
and in my hair."
Christina Martin