McIntyre Bluff Hike

Hiking is not my passion. In fact, if I could choose between a hike and almost anything else, the ‘anything else’ wins every time. Yet here I was on a fine summer day, driving towards Oliver BC to embark on a hike. Hubby had wanted to hike up McIntyre Bluff for decades and had finally…

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Something odd in Paris: another perspective

Paris had a greater impact on Hubby and myself than we thought. Even now, months after visiting, we reminisce and reflect on our experience in the City of Lights. My experience was posted some weeks ago. Hubby’s thoughts made it onto paper recently, which he agreed to share in this space. I am proud to introduce my…

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What is Success?

On occasion I come across quotes and sayings that strike a chord with me. As I sorted through some papers this week, I paused to reflect on the meaning of success, thanks to Ralph Waldo Emerson. I wondered, what defines success anyway? Is it a healthy bank balance? A trim and fit body? A prestigious…

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An Unexpected Service Dog

My goal in writing this blog is to see anew with the “eyes of a child”, and to capture in photos those things that delight me or spark my curiosity. The feature photo is a clue as to one of these delightful events, and the story follows. On Sundays we attend a local church, a practice…

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Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Summer as an adult: working, shopping, cooking, cleaning, driving, scheduling, planning, worrying, paying, gardening, mowing, pruning, canning. Summer as a child: playing, digging, swimming, snorkelling, laughing, eating, running, singing.   I remember those childhood lazy days of summer, though some of the memories are hazy. I especially remember the catchy tune of Nat King Cole’s…

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Adorable Crocheted Dress Projects

Two very different crocheted dress project stories. First Crocheted Dress Project This story began a couple of years ago now, when my daughter came across a crocheted dress image on Pinterest. Since I enjoy crocheting, she wondered if I could make it for her girls. The Pinterest link led to Ravelry. Who knew there was such…

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Garden of Hydrangeas

The hydrangeas in my garden are truly outdoing themselves this year. One bush is about 6 ft in diameter and close to 5 ft tall. It sports an array of pink and purple blooms. Another slightly smaller bush features delicate white blooms which fade to an antique white. A third, with pale pink blooms, has tripled in…

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To Market, To Market

Want to break free from your routine and experience a casual, fun, festival shopping experience? Head for a local farmer’s market, basket in hand and change in your wallet. I am delighted when farmer’s market season returns because I get bored with shopping at the same places week after week. Blossoming with colourful tents and…

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Can’t Say R? Rough When R is Tough to Say

The lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us. The fruit is ripening rapidly. Cherries are all the rage right now. Notice how many R’s appear in these last sentences? Can you imagine the difficulties you would face if you can’t say R? As a kid, I experienced some horrid moments when I became the focus…

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Raspberry Reflections and a Recipe

We inherited a raspberry patch. When we bought our current house we didn’t look too closely at the landscaping and shrubbery, other than to note that there was some. A few months after our move summer arrived and along with it, lo and behold, raspberries!! Nine years have gone by, and the raspberry patch has…

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