Chic Country Life Blog

Chic Country Life is all about enjoying nature and living your best life. Whether you are passionate about travel, nature, growing and harvesting your own food or are just curious about the world around you, I hope you find something of interest here. Enjoy the read.

Prairie Merlin – The return of the wild folk

“At last came the golden month of the wild folk-- honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.” ― Samuel Scoville Jr., Wild Folk In the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal...

Let nature nurture you

The world is a different place. We are in week eight of quarantine for the Covid-19 pandemic that has devastated millions all over the world and turned lives upside down. Countries are trying to navigate between protecting their citizens and providing them with some...

Building your own bee hotel.

Teach kids about the importance of pollinators in the garden by building your own bee hotel. What are Solitary Bees? Did you know that there are more than 20,000 species of bees in the world, and that of those only seven species make honey? Of Canada’s 800 plus...

Where do the butterflies go?

Many people have heard of the great monarch migration, where millions of monarchs make their yearly trek to Mexico for the winter, but do all butterflies migrate? Out of the approximately 20,000 species of butterflies around the world, 275 species reside in Canada,...
Pink Potato Salad

Pink Potato Salad

Pink Potato Salad Most potato salads are definitely not pink, yellow maybe depending on whether you use mustard or not, but not pink. No, I didn't use's from the beets! Some people may not enjoy the taste of raw beets, but I think they are fantastic in so...



Strawberrylicious Berry season kicks off the yard taste tours at our house every year. The kids know that once the strawberries are ready it is only a matter of time for the rest of the fruit and vegetables. If I can't find a child outside, I need only look in the...

Rain, rain, don’t go away!

Rain, rain, don’t go away!

Rain gardens are a great way to protect the environment and showcase native plants Delicate white flowers provide a beautiful contrast to the rich green leaves of the nannyberry. Fuchsia-coloured buds are beginning to form on the dwarf Joe Pye weed, and deep pink...


I love the peacefulness of living in a rural setting. Country life isn’t a rat race, but it isn’t slow or boring either. There is always a never ending list of things that need to be done, but despite this, life out here is more laid back. There is a satisfaction to working outside all day, getting your hands dirty and being in nature that you just don’t get working 9 to 5 in an office. It is invigorating and exhausting, and yet somehow relaxing.


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