Category Archives: Canada

Weather Change Is an Extraordinary Aspect

Sudden weather change is an extraordinary aspect of life in Alberta. Winter is dragging on, long and dark. Then all of a sudden the sunshine carries enough warmth to invite access to the world of white all around. And winter becomes beautiful.  We had... Read More | Share it now!

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Our Discovery of Ammolite

Dawn on Three Sisters

Our discovery of Ammolite, the semi-precious gemstone, began when the Alder Flats estate owners where we’d been house and pet-sitting surprised us with the gift of a week in their beautiful chalet-style condo in Canmore. The vacation, our discovery... Read More | Share it now!

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Hibernation Mode with Sun Dogs

Sun dogs - courtesy WJAR

I’m in hibernation mode with sun dogs, frost, and snow. Yes, I’m still happily house & pet-sitting in central Alberta. My manuscript is expanding nicely, the dogs and I mutually adore one another, and the cats pretend to care. I feed them, they... Read More | Share it now!

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Study of Snow and Silence

Snow and Silence

My first weeks alone on an estate near Alder Flats, Alberta, have been a study of snow and silence. Who in their right mind agrees to house & pet-sit for total strangers in the dead of a Canadian winter? Me, it seems. I wanted to be proximal to... Read More | Share it now!

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Suggestions for Exploring Victoria in a Day

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

These are my suggestions for exploring Victoria in a day. I’m assuming you’ve already visited Butchart Gardens, which is a must-see, and I understand you’d probably prefer a week. But if it’s only one day you’ve got, begin it early with a... Read More | Share it now!

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Enchantment in Victoria’s Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens

There’s a particular kind of enchantment in Victoria’s Butchart Gardens. Maybe it’s the vastness of such a cultured space, a certain grandeur. Perhaps an audacity of vision that it takes to create something so lovely that it matters deeply to... Read More | Share it now!

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Ferry to Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island

Pat Webber tea service

If you take the Crofton ferry to Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island for the day, the only thing more fun would be if you never had to go home. We just missed the 8:45, so we parked our car in the line-up and took a stroll along the boardwalk... Read More | Share it now!

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Capture the Wild Notes in Photos and Perfumes

Amphitrite Lighthouse 1915

Capture the wild notes in photos and perfumes from Cowichan Bay to Tofino and Ucluelet, so you can always remember Vancouver Island. That’s my advice. The drive south from Chemainus through Crofton to Cowichan Bay is lovely, with glimpses of the... Read More | Share it now!

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Mystique of Seafood, Marinas, and Totem Poles


If you, too, are a landlubber from the interior of the continent you may understand the mystique of seafood, marinas, and totem poles on Vancouver Island. Boats sat in the marina at Genoa Bay in North Cowichan awaiting the weekend, I suppose. Hard to... Read More | Share it now!

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Artists Created the Phoenix of Chemainus’ Rebirth

Douglas Fir pole

After the lumber mills closed in 1983 and the spectre of Chemainus becoming a ghost town loomed, outdoor mural artists created the phoenix of Chemainus’ rebirth. Some towns view the arts as an after-thought, something you do when you have too much... Read More | Share it now!

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