English Style Eats: Vancouver Island Travels

“It’s the best place to eat in the area!” our B&B hosts enthused. “Plus it’s nestled in the country and is fashioned after an old style English pub.” We were sold. After a few sketchy details from our hosts we drove off. The country roads wound back and forth, with each turn more confusing than the…

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Creative Crafting with Children

I strongly believe that the creative spirit dwells deep within each person. Some people feel their creativity dwells so deeply within them that it doesn’t surface at all! Yet, even the least ‘crafty’ person is rewarded by creating something new from an assortment of materials. Sometimes all it takes is a helping hand from a…

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Through the Eyes of a Child

The household goods were packed up, all the toys in boxes. Cartons and crates were being loaded into trucks and vans. Motion and commotion all around. Moving day. What was it like through the eyes of a child? I watched my new little friend skipping about, happy and carefree. It was all a grand adventure,…

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Mission Creek Greenway Hike

Contrary to the McIntyre Bluff Hike, I was certainly more enthusiastic about our plan to hike the Mission Creek Greenway trail — it’s flat! Our route began at Mission Creek Park located on Springfield Road at Durnin in Kelowna, BC. Plenty of parking, playgrounds, picnic areas and washroom facilities comprise a large portion of this treed park….

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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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