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Winnipeg Folk Fest 2019

Winnipeg Folk Fest 2019

Before my busy life moves onto the next thing, I must reflect on the zen I’ve come home with from another successful Folk Fest weekend. Despite intense heat, late nights and blue biffies, I’ve arrived feeling refreshed, recharged and optimistic. The music, the main event obviously was as usual exciting and fabulous. When Toubab Krewe, […]

Love it or List it Victoria – Chapter 2

Love it or List it Victoria – Chapter 2

Like an obligation we needed to see through to its end, we arrived last fall for our “Love it or List” it year in Victoria. Visions of expensive and irretrievable renovations to our Pinawa home were in our minds. The profit from this condo will go a long way. We would persevere a full winter […]

Basic Kayaking Certification

Basic Kayaking Certification

After years of paddling my kayak in the Winnipeg River and Pinawa Channel, sometimes alone I have finally learned how to do it. It has occasionally occurred to me when I’m out in our beautiful Manitoba wilderness in my little plastic kayak that maybe I should learn some basic skills. Ray and I discovered the […]

Beautiful Bellas

Beautiful Bellas

Caio Bellas, the email began. I’ve been invited to a gathering of fine friends and food here in Victoria. I met Sheena on the street, our little dogs stopped to sniff each other. The connection around the table of beautiful bellas rings familiar with my own, chance meetings in the park, a bed and breakfast […]

New Subscriber List – Update

New Subscriber List – Update

After finding and configuring a new subscriber service, importing all of you into it and configuring it or days, the first live test was a dismal failure. I don’t know which of you got an email and who didn’t, but Ray didn’t. The server balked at having to do some extra work. I’ve gone back […]

Downsizing Christmas

Downsizing Christmas

Year two of our downsizing experiment. Can Donna and Ray move (happily) from a 1300 sq.ft. home with a double garage and large yard into an 850 sq. ft. condo? My environmental brain sure wants to. Our energy bill for this month will be about $40. We have a walk score of 80 here. We […]

Happy Solstice

Happy Solstice

Happy Solstice! Today is the winter solstice, the longest night, the darkest time of the year. It’s no accident that many religions celebrate their most sacred holidays at this time. That lights are involved; Christmas lights, Hanukkah candles – reflects how intensely we react to this darkness. We all live by an inner circadian rhythm […]

The Angry Sea

The Angry Sea

The ocean was angry this morning. Not from a distance. The glimpses I have of her from the street, as I begin Tucker’s morning walk were normal and calm. When I got right up to her, though, she was ranting and raving and pounding the shoreline like a mad woman. To be a fishing boat […]

The Crossing

The Crossing

The highways out of Manitoba in November are often not for the faint of heart.  Driving through prairie snow storms and on icy highways, over so many mountain passes, we migrated. We clocked  3117 kilometres, visiting friends, family and hot springs along the way. Finally we boarded the ferry. Hello Vancouver Island, once again. This […]

So We’re Off Then

So We’re Off Then

I’m not sure I’m a snowbird type. We’re off to our winter home in Victoria, BC today. Yesterday Tucker and I took one last long walk on the Ironwood Trail, watching the river freeze and missing my Pinawa already. Tucker doesn’t know what’s up, but he knows something is, because we’ve cleaned and packed for […]

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Trail Maintenance by Helicopter on the Pinawa Trails

“Batabatabata”, the sound of the helicopter hovering around Pinawa all afternoon today, June 27 couldn’t be missed. Is there a forest fire nearby? A major tragedy calling for STARS over and over? No, just Marsha Sheppard and her team of trail maintenance volunteers spreading some gravel, by helicopter. The Problem Even the “wild and wonderful” […]