Canada 150: 15 Kids’ Quotes about Canada

This post is brought to you by a very fun book, Dear Canada: a love letter to my country / Cher Canada: une lettre d’amour a mon pays by the children of Canada. Conceived, directed and published by Ben Wicks, 1995. Mostly I’ll leave it up to them, though I can’t help but add a… Continue reading Canada 150: 15 Kids’ Quotes about Canada

Canada 150: 15 Great Canadian Destinations

  Second largest nation by land area, Canada ranked just 17th for annual number of international tourists (2014), before Macao and after Poland. Not known for sun holidays (though the summers can be amazing) or for huge casinos and massive cities, there is a vast amount to see in Canada – with the emphasis on vast. I… Continue reading Canada 150: 15 Great Canadian Destinations

Bits and Piecework

It’s amazing what happens when you find someone else’s unfinished project or stash of fabric or other craft supplies. I’ve been going through my mom’s – she may have a nasty shock when she reads this, but we can deal with that then – and found a few gems. Thrift stores supplied the other parts,… Continue reading Bits and Piecework

Canada 150: 15 Canadian foods you need to find and eat

How can we celebrate Canada’s 150th without a feast? 1.Maple syrup: I know everyone’s waiting for this one, but you can’t have a list of Canadian eats and not include Sirop d’érable. When I was 17, my high school French class went on an exchange visit to Quebec and one of our day trips was… Continue reading Canada 150: 15 Canadian foods you need to find and eat

Another Walk About the Neighbourhood

A beautiful afternoon: time for another walk around our neighbourhood, this time in the opposite direction. To read about a previous walk, click here. Off we went to the park, Bowen Park, dodging and ducking the disc golf players and their flying frisbees. Spring is late here in Nanaimo, but finally the trees are blossoming. and some of… Continue reading Another Walk About the Neighbourhood

150: 15 Things you might not know about Canada

  From the land that brought us insulin and peanut butter, electric wheelchairs and buses that would accommodate them, here are 15 things you may not have known about Canada: (just in case you were wondering) 1. We almost had a province called Buffalo. Instead we got Queen Victoria’s daughter, Alberta, and the tongue-twisting Saskatchewan, also known… Continue reading 150: 15 Things you might not know about Canada

Letters from Home

Rare are the handwritten missives that used to cross oceans and continents, bringing news and love from, or to, home. I dreamed recently that it was already time to return to Dublin and though it was months from now, I was hand-delivering a letter I’ve already been working on for about six weeks. I took… Continue reading Letters from Home