In the subscription section of windingpathways.com you will find “how to” details. Below is a sampling of topics we will post monthly:
- A comprehensive list of what to pack in disaster preparedness kits
- Techniques to solve common yard wildlife problems
- How to process acorns into delicious muffins
- Engaging children in the out-of-doors
- Consideration in developing a backyard labyrinth
- All about bird feeders and seeds
This is above and beyond the free section which is mostly to help you see the potential that lies just out your door, no matter how small your yard is.
By subscribing you will have access to amazing content about the plants and wildlife that can co-inhabit the yard. You’ll find ideas on how to transform the yard, entice the kids away from the computer to enjoy outdoor adventures, disaster preparedness, finding tranquility, and observing wildlife.
Winding Pathways is our labor of love. Over many years, while raising two children in suburban Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we transformed the manicured property we purchased into a wondrous place for the children to play. Additionally, we created peaceful solitude where we could find privacy and quiet after a hard day at work. By eliminating the use of harsh pesticides we created a yard where we were surrounded by an ever changing view of blooming plants and an ever increasing diversity of wildlife. Curiosity stimulated by informal hours in our yard encouraged our children to mature as inquisitive observant adults who now enjoy successful careers.
Our yard helped the kids learn but did much more. It became our refuge from a noisy and confusing world. It is our source of pride. As we gradually weaned the yard from its dependency on mowing and pesticides we created biological diversity and natural beauty. The process required learning, giving us a more comprehensive understanding of how nature works. With it came humor, like watching a squirrel spend hours figuring out how to access tasty sunflower seeds in a supposedly squirrel proof feeder. He succeeded! The process helped the family budget through good, clean, inexpensive food from our garden, chickens, and wild foods we gathered just out the back door. We gained peace of mind that we can weather a long power outage in relative comfort. But mostly what we’ve done has been personally satisfying. We’ve made the earth, and our family a bit healthier.
After 40 years in the work world we created Winding Pathways to encourage others to go out the back door and transform their yard into a place of peace, beauty, stimulation, and fun. We hope Winding Pathways motivates you to see your yard as your place to make our world healthier as it provides your family with amazing personal benefits. All are gifts unavailable in the standard manicured and sprayed yard.