Time to...Create Newfoundland and Labrador

Time to...Create Newfoundland and Labrador

As the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy wrote, “Spring is a time of plans and projects.”

Margaret Atwood Canadianized that sentiment: “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” 

This year, provincial chief medical officers tell us that phase one of the COVID-19 pandemic is finally ending. Creative bursts may come with an unexpected sense of urgency.

We’re expected to return to normal. Not the old normal. A new normal, in which feeling even a little under the weather means staying home. Sports will be played, but a little more hands off. Gatherings will be held, in moderation and with great care.

Workplaces will reopen. We will leave home a little more often. That is a very good thing.

I only hope the new normal won’t force us to surrender our newfound indulgence in quiet contemplation, interspersed with intense fits of creative output.

At the very least, I say we make one more masterpiece. Knit your organic thneed. Colour your most gorgeous city or landscape. Honour the late, great John Prine and plant a little garden.

Most importantly, don’t forget to the take this #TimeToRead. The Time to… Create collection of books will help you unleash your inner artist:

Colouring Books Are For Grownups

Colouring is a means of flexing your creative brain, by making colour decisions and interpreting a beautiful image, completing it your way, and being proactively playful. More importantly, it’s a defiant act of non-productivity. It may be a while before you can do this again with so little guilt. Indulge your beauty muscles.

Beloved author/illustrator Dawn Baker’s Colouring Newfoundland and Labrador is an exquisite collection of original pen-and-ink drawings featuring a wide variety of Newfoundland and Labrador’s people, places and cultures. It’s the perfect way to get creative while celebrating how lucky you are to call NL home.

Plant a Little Garden

Gardening is not only a way to create beauty and food, it also benefits your heart, reduces stress, builds self-esteem, and provides vitamin D, something we’re all a little starved for come spring.

Author and research horticulturalist Todd Boland’s Favourite Perennials for Atlantic Canada is a must for any gardener—regardless of experience or skill levels—interested in the hundreds of perennials suitable to our region’s challenging weather and soil.

If you prefer to let nature do the growing for you, check out Peter Scott’s field guide, Edible Plants of Atlantic Canada, for over five-dozen edible plant species found locally, and how to identify them safely.

In an era before supermarkets became our main source of food, most people knew which wild plants were edible and how to prepare them for delicious meals. The woods, clearings, heaths and seashores of Atlantic Canada are home to a wide variety of edible plants. In this book, author Peter Scott provides a wealth of information on more than 60 wild, edible plant species. 

Stitch and Knit

Two books from Newfoundland’s Christine LeGrow and Shirley A. Scott provide some of the most popular tips for creating knitwear. As the authors themselves say, “knitted gifts are treasured in Newfoundland, whatever the season.”  

Saltwater Classics covers the body, toe tips to top of head. LeGrow and Scott have collected and expertly recreated some of Newfoundland’s most beloved knitwear, sprinkling in heavy doses of creative flair. Here you’ll find stunning, unique patterns. featuring tips, tricks, and tales, Saltwater Classics is a book for everyone.

And anyone north of the 42nd parallel is sure to appreciate the stylish and authentic mittens in in Saltwater Mittens. It’s the book that started it all for LeGrow and Scott.

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