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The Tiki Gods are Smilin’ on Me – Part 1

February 3, 2013


Nothing puts a temporary damper on a Hawaiian vacation quite like a day of monsoon-like rain. That’s why I’m plunked inside my condo blogging, looking at the grey Pacific on the shores of Kauai, instead of lounging on the beach just forty feet outside my patio door. I feel a little like a small child with […]

Shedding Layers is the Best Prescription for Winter Blahs

January 7, 2013


Rum swizzles and SAD light be damned, this January I’m talking’ about Mai Tai’s and fresh pineapple! After 34+ years together, Hubby and I are finally planning our escape from the frigid climate, going to Hawaii for a short break. Deciding on taking some vacation time a bit early this year, the news came as a surprise to […]

Transported to Skiing Nirvana – Part 2

December 29, 2012


As we made our way to the Mica Heliskiing lodge entrance, I felt the need to stop and comprehend that we were now up in the clouds, literally. I could barely see the lake far below, and the peaks were shrouded in clouds. We were greeted by a scurry of trades people, finishers, painters, unpackers, tour guides, […]

Transported to Skiing Nirvana – Part 1

December 27, 2012


As this year winds down and winter settles upon us, I find myself reflecting on a thrilling experience that happened to Hubby and me just before Christmas. Although both of us are non-skiers (due to past injuries), we boldly ventured into the high back-country wilderness by vehicle to complete some technical computer work at a newly opened ski […]

Forget Your Watch – You’re on Kootenay Time (Part 2)

November 9, 2012


The trip changes course and we now travel into the mountains where the sleepy hamlets of New Denver and Silverton are located at Slocan Lake. Residents there are proud and respectful of their pioneer history, lovingly restoring several old establishments and mining archives. (Unfortunately, due to the rough access road, opportunities for viewing the old […]

Forget Your Watch – You’re on Kootenay Time (Part 1)

November 6, 2012


I have recently returned from a short getaway in the Kootenay region of our beautiful province. The scenery is gorgeous and never disappoints no matter which season you’re travelling in. Our trip from the Okanagan to the city of Nelson included arid hills, lush farm land, forested passes, serene lake views, car ferries, wildlife viewing, quaint villages and artsy […]

The Real Beach is Calling – Bring Your Bucket

August 1, 2012


Living where we do, I have a 70-mile long stretch of lake that’s minutes away, Okanagan Lake, which we are fond of and appreciate for its striking natural beauty. The sandy beach areas, however, are few and very crowded with tourists during these hot summer days. Smells that waft through the air down at the lake range from […]

It’s an Ent-irely Beautiful Place

June 25, 2012


Even before talking and walking forest giant Ents charmed us in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”, large cedars dripping with moss have spoken to me. I have happy memories as an adolescent of hiking through several coastal West Coast provincial parks that were a short drive away from where we lived; the trails were like a playground […]

A Latte with that Potting Soil Please

June 5, 2012


Having recently returned from a brief trip over to the U.K. to visit family, I was impressed at the retail and social aspects of the garden centres in the Midlands. True, they are situated some distance apart in the countryside away from the town centres where acreages are easier to come by, but we could certainly learn […]