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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 […]

The Westie – A Love Story

The Westie – A Love Story

If you’ve ever been in love you know, the heart rules. That’s as it is with our 1985 Volkswagon Westfalia. Westie became ours because our original 1976 Westfalia caught on fire and burned on Highway 9 just out of Selkirk, Manitoba. We looked and looked for something more practical than a Westfalia, but when I […]

Winnipeg Folk Festival – 2018

Winnipeg Folk Festival – 2018

I’ve just come back from my annual inoculation of peace, love and optimism – four days of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. My faith in the human race is once again restored. I can go on boldly nattering on about my ideological, social-liberal, tree-hugger beliefs, knowing I am not alone. Hot Hot Hot! The overarching theme […]

The Great Cycle Challenge

The Great Cycle Challenge

Starting tomorrow, June 1, wherever you are in Canada you might see a few more people taking to their two-wheeled vehicles. The Great Cycle Challenge kicks off for its third year. The Great Cycle Challenge is a national fundraising initiative for raising money for Kids Cancer Care. I got involved this year just for some […]

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Exploring Mount Washington

We’ve driven into another world, like nowhere I’ve ever been. The snowbanks lining the road are so high it’s like driving through a tunnel. Only the rooftops of the many ski chalets are visible. The mountains that surround us are stunningly beautiful. Within a 20 minute drive from the highway 19 turn-off the temperature dropped […]