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At Home – Flora

….or Everything’s Coming Up Roses I wish my camera had a feature whereby I could capture scent as well as image because I’d really like to share the smell of these old fashioned roses. It is by far my favourite floral fragrance. The bees seem to love them as much as I do. Old fashioned […]

Facing Fears, part 5

…the debriefing. “How were the bugs?” I was asked. “Pretty unhappy I should think given how many of them I killed.” I answered. “And frustrated too, given the excellent defense the repellent offered.” “Don’t you mind being in the woods alone?” Someone else asked. “My dear, you are never alone in these woods. There’s the […]

Facing Fears, part 4

…..in which I am glad I stayed the second night and would have stayed another if I’d booked it. The second night in the hammock tent was very similar to the first in terms of temperature and nocturnal noises. It was, however, a very different experience mentally. The loons still wailed mournfully at the moon, […]

Facing Fears, part 3

….Afternoon, in which I realize I have nothing to fear. In the deep dark of the previous night I had decided to forfeit my campsite fees and give up and go home early but the beauty of the lake in the morning made me change my mind and I settled in for the duration. Lunch […]

Facing Fears, part 2

…..the first morning, in which I enjoy the fruits of my labour. It was a bit of a rough night in the old hammock tent. Oh yes, it was comfortable enough and I was plenty warm, thanks for asking, but as tired as I was, sleep was not forthcoming. First it was because the wind […]

Facing Fears

….in which I go into the not-so-deep, not-so-dark woods. Today’s costume: boater. It seemed like a marvelous idea when I chose my Keji (pronounced ked’-gee) campsite way back when I was avoiding Canadian winter. Kejimkujik is one of two National Parks in Nova Scotia and sites get booked up quickly. I picked mid-June because I […]

Birds of a Feather

…. or Birds of the Wildlife Park Feeling a bit shack wacky today I took off for a ramble and ended up at the nearby wildlife park which is populated by rescued birds, beasts, reptiles and tourists. Well, the tourists aren’t rescues but a today a few were odd enough that they could be put […]

And the Winner is..

…or In Praise of the Small but Mighty And the winner of the news story of the week which brought a joyous tear to my eye is: SeaLeon found after being MIA for months. In second place was a story which brought me a few of those little emotional chest quakes: a young lad has […]

What Am I Reading Now?

…or There’s Always a Lot More to a Story It’s been a little while since I finished reading “We All Expected to Die.” I read it in lieu of doing my annual Boxing Day puzzle this year and although I smoked right through it at the time, I had to let it percolate a little […]

Christmas, Day Twelve – Part 1

…or On the Last Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me: a free pass to the 12th day of Christmas Beachfest. Down at Seaside Villa: Tamara: Judith, I just love your new dress. Did you get it just for the Beachfest? Judith: Oh this old thing? I’ve had it forever. Tamara: Is that […]