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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 […]

Victoria Condo for Rent

Victoria Condo for Rent

Move in ready / fully furnished. Bring only your suitcases. Condo is available May 2020 for the summer (~5 month lease) Rent $1950 per month Fully furnished 1 bedroom plus den 1 bath in-suite laundry ~830 sq. feet balcony private rooftop patio Located in Esquimalt, British Columbia our condo will be available for rent starting […]

Tiny Space Artist

Tiny Space Artist

I’m a tiny space artist.  A little room at the top of the stairs, meant as a landing for the rooftop patio, is now an office, a guest room and a yoga studio. And it’s my little haven. Almost exactly a month ago I had my last writing class and handed in my portfolio. I […]

Christmas in Victoria

Christmas in Victoria

The light dusting of snow fell quietly, dampening my hair and squeaking under my crocks. We’ve just finished a west coast Christmas Eve dinner, salmon, prawns, perogies and meatballs. Were it not for Tucker I might not even have stepped outside this evening. The view from our balcony is of an empty, quiet street that […]

My Tenacious Christmas Tree

My Tenacious Christmas Tree

I have a small hidden pond in my backyard that attracts all sorts of wonderful things; birds, frogs, snakes, dragonflies… but for the past couple of years it was attracting a gnarly little pine tree (or spruce or fir I’ve been told). Two springs in a  row I took the pruning shears to it, nipping […]

Shards

Shards

The assignment is Ekphrastic Poetry. Ekphrastic poetry describes a work of art in words in a specific way. The poem must have 4 stanzas. The first describes the art objectively, the second subjectively, the third interpretively and the fourth is a turn away from the artwork towards a broader concern. The work of art I […]

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Pinawa Home for Sale

The old Pinawa homestead will be heading onto the market soon. This blog post is really just a courtesy for all those people that have told us to “let them know if we ever want to sell.” Now is your chance. 19 Alexander is an interesting home, with a colourful history.  Sixty year olds in […]