Canada 150: 15 thank yous on Thanksgiving

As autumn starts to show her lovely colours and I begin preparing for Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, I thought no better way to mark it (okay, pumpkin pie would be a better way, and so would caramel-topped pear pie, but both those will be on our table – woo hoo! – so what better OTHER… Continue reading Canada 150: 15 thank yous on Thanksgiving

Tóg go Bog é, or Getting my Sparkle Back

Tóg go bog é means “take it easy” in Irish (literally “take it softly”). Partly because of age (ahem!) and experience, but also the ethos of the charity, ACET, that I work for, I am pretty good at self care. Working with people at the margins, usually in extremely difficult situations, we need to be… Continue reading Tóg go Bog é, or Getting my Sparkle Back

A Walk About the Neighbourhood: the Park

With the magnificence of the trees and open grasslands, roaming deer and cosy park keepers’ cottages, history tucked around corners, wonderful cafés, the gaslights along the avenue or up the grassy hill to St Mary’s Hospital (like somewhere in Narnia), plus an emotional connection from someone I love (one of my favourite people grew up… Continue reading A Walk About the Neighbourhood: the Park

Canada 150: 15 random thoughts on camping

This post is based on BC provincial campgrounds. Apologies to all the other provinces and territories – we’ll get to you later. Why camping? We are doing for recreation what people did to survive barely a century ago: hauling our own water, working by lantern light at night, cooking over a simple stove or fire. It… Continue reading Canada 150: 15 random thoughts on camping

Lost Things

On our last summer visit to Canada, we began the journey by leaving a brand new, lovely, expensive hoodie on our first flight (and missing our next flight – but not because of the hoodie, kind of the other way around). Of course we didn’t miss it straight away, so weren’t sure where we last… Continue reading Lost Things

Little Bit of Lace

I know all of you, dear readers, have been wondering what to do with your leftover lacy bits. You know, those doilies with a bit of a stain that lemon juice, sunshine, salt, 20 Mule Team Borax or elbow grease just won’t remove, or a small tear that defies even the finest stitching with the… Continue reading Little Bit of Lace

Danger!

Despite reading everything I could find on what to do if I run into a bear or a cougar, the worst I faced on our recent camping trip in the Fraser Canyon were chipmunks. Thankfully. I’ve been looking up advice on what to do if you encounter wildlife: we’re hoping to camp on the north… Continue reading Danger!