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Gone But Not Forgotten … My Top 5 Canadian Authors

Mavis Gallant died in February. For those of you who have never heard of her, she was a renowned Canadian writer of superb short stories. I listened to a discussion of her life and interviews with friends and acquaintances on …

fashion

In Search of the Perfect Spring Coat…or…What King Lear Taught Me About Shopping

I really need a new spring coat. Well, maybe ‘really need’ is a bit strong. And… well, need is not necessarily true either. But I really want a new spring coat. I have two very “serviceable” (as my mother used to say) …

life

Bogie and Hepburn Reprised

Amid the snow and freezing temperatures of a Canadian winter, we are planning our summer. Well, our summer camping trips, at least. My husband and I go on one or two camping trips together most summers. Hubby, the inveterate canoeist …

fashion

Orange is the New Black… or Pink …or Whatever

Why, oh why are we so sick of winter so early this year? We have three more weeks left in February…and all of March and probably most of April to wait before we can even begin to think about hauling …

life

The Joys of being Sick

I’ve been sick with a bad cold for the last few days. You know: sinus headache, sneezing, sore throat, no energy, ¬†really, really red nose. And I just keep thinking what a joy… well, maybe ‘joy’ is a bit strong… …

fashion

Lost in Downton…One More Time With Feeling

I don’t know if any of you caught the miniseries Lost in Austen that was on TV a few years ago. I watched it, loved it, bought the DVD for my mum (a fellow Austen devotee)..and then watched it all …

books

Eirinn go Brach : On Irish Books and Ireland

I’m a binge reader. If I  find an author I like or become interested in an era or a place, I will read everything I can get my hands on written by or about my new interest…fiction, memoir, biography…anything. One …

fashion

Cold Couture or The Polar Vortex Made me Do It

Friday morning I made my first cup of tea of the day, powered up my computer, and settled in to read the latest posts from my favourite blogs. Everyone, but everyone, it seems is sick of winter! Two of the …

life

Growing Pains…Or Start-Up Stressors

So… on Wednesday January 15, 2014 I published my first ever post to my first ever blog. Yep..I just pressed “Publish” and miraculously my words and pictures were transported into cyber land. This is a whole lot different than posting …

life

Thirty years On … 1984 to 2014 … and Onwards

1984 was a big year for me. I quit a very stressful job that I loathed. I packed up all my furniture and belongings and put them in storage while I scuttled back to the family farm in Eastern Canada …