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Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach

We spent yesterday on Botanical Beach, exploring tidal pools teeming with marine life, and hiking through the rain forest in Botanical Beach Provincial Park. We picnicked on the beach, staying late enough to catch the start of the sunset. Getting There “It can’t be a two-hour drive, it’s only a hundred kilometres,” I argued. “It’s […]

McKenzie Bight Trail

McKenzie Bight Trail

Snowbirding on Vancouver Island may not be for everybody, but it sure fits me. Christmas Day had us working off a couple of perogies on the McKenzie Bight trail in Gowlland Tod Park. We were actually looking for the Jocelyn Peak Loop, but due to a lazy late start, and Ray’s lack of proper clothing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Victoria Discovered

Victoria Discovered

City lights and ocean walks, craft beer, fine dining and endless dog parks, winter clothing as a fashion statement – Victoria discovered. Ray and I became snowbirds of the Canadian variety this past winter. We decided to start trying on Vancouver Island, more as a second home, then some time in the future our only […]

Victoria Condo for Rent

Victoria Condo for Rent

Condo has been rented for 2019. Thanks everyone for your interest. Rent $1850 per month Fully furnished 1 bedroom plus penthouse 1 bath ~830 sq. feet balcony private rooftop patio Located in Esquimalt, British Columbia our condo will be available for rent starting May 1, 2019. The condo, on the top floor of the Ovation […]

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 […]

Finally… on route to Vancouver Island

Finally… on route to Vancouver Island

Since 1977 I’ve planned this move to Vancouver Island.  Back then I had this bad-ass boyfriend that I was getting all too serious about. I decided it was time to pack a backpack and hitchhike west.  I was 17. My Mother bought me a 4 month rail pass at the last-minute. I hopped on the […]

Our Victoria Condo

Our Victoria Condo

The woman walking across the street at 7 AM this Sunday morning leaves the sidewalk and walks on the road. I wonder why? I stand up for a closer look. There is a man sitting in front of Ming’s Variety Store, brown paper bag in hand, enjoying a smoke. Somehow this man has found himself […]

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The Boy in the Park

It was my first rainy Tucker walk this morning, rainy enough for me to force the dog into his hated rain jacket. Victoria is a privileged society and we don’t let our dogs get wet. I had to drag him to Saxe Point, he hates the rain. As we walked through the trails in the […]