In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All About Me.”
The most literal meaning of ‘Ontheland’ is where I am–out in the country–but taking it a bit further, it’s about enjoying and preserving our home, the natural world.
I named this blog in the Fall of 2010, after I had moved to a rural house on a dirt road, “in the middle of nowhere”. Actually, we are only 20 minutes away from a small city, but having grown up in Canada’s capital, and having lived for decades in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, this was a major change.
For me a dirt or gravel road was a summer experience… the final stretch on a trip to a cottage or campground. Now I was going to be living all year round on an acre of land with a well in front, cows grazing in a pasture across the road, frogs chirping in a nearby marsh, and rabbits galore nibbling in an abundance of wild greenery. I had arrived where I wanted to be.
Looking a little deeper, Ontheland tied into my interests and personality back then, and probably even more so, now, five years later. I like eating and cooking and have been a vegetarian since I was twenty. Having a patch of land for growing my own vegetables and herbs, free of pesticides, was an attractive opportunity. A major source of inspiration came up roughly 10 years ago when a friend moved into a city house and turned her backyard into a vegetable and herb garden. It was from her efforts that I first tasted fresh arugula and basil…introducing a new yearning.
Blogging and tweeting as Ontheland expresses my awareness of where we all stand, even if we have layers of concrete under our feet–we are all living on the land, on the earth.
For more information about Ontheland, please take a look at the sidebar blurb under my picture and at the Page called “About” .