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Mitford Madness

As fall approaches and shopping for those perfect autumn sweaters heats up (pun intended) …. I’m not just perusing the pages of glossy fashion mags. I’m also deeply mired in the world of 1930’s English aristocrats, balls and coming out parties, …

travel

Just Enough Wilderness… Adventures in La Belle Province

We love to travel in Quebec. Most years we spend a week in August at our time share condo in a village on the Saguenay Fjord called L’Anse-Saint-Jean.  The 105 km long fjord is magnificent.  www.flickriver.com And the tiny village …

fashion

Start Doing Your Homework

The summer is more than half over, and while I’m still enjoying wearing my white jeans and favourite sandals…and packing for our summer holiday… I’m dreaming about fall. It happens every year at this time. The beginning of school is …

books

Addicted To Murder

The sun is shining; it’s a beautiful weekend, and I  am inside with my nose stuck in a book. I can’t help it… I am addicted to reading. And if I don’t get the required hours immersed in my book …

fashion

Getting Dressed: How Can You Tell What You Look Like?

As Jane Austen said….it is a truth universally acknowledged… that the mirror lies, but the camera tells the truth. Okay…that’s not exactly what she said…the second part is all me. How many times have I checked myself in the mirror …

travel

To The Back of Beyond

Ah yes…it’s summer and we are feeling the call of the road. Back roads, that is. So in answer to that call, a week or so ago my husband and I set off for our first camping trip of the …

fashion

Fifties Moment

It seems to me that fashion is having a “Fifties Moment.” I love the fashion of the 1950’s. The ladylike dresses and skirts, the shoes, the overall polished look. I’ve been dreaming of ladylike dresses and gorgeous hats and elbow …

life

Why I Love Golf

I love golf. I started to play not long after I met my husband. He’s an avid and excellent golfer and has been playing since he was a teenager. It all started with his teaching me to swing the club …

fashion

Investment Dressing … My 5 Rules for Not Wasting Your Money

I have always been a believer in the idea that you get what you pay for…..most of the time. And I have always believed that it’s NOT necessarily a waste of money to NOT shop the sales, to NOT go for the …

life

Loose Talk … The Trouble With Twitter… Among Other Things

I wrote a blog post a week or so ago about a great book that I had just read called The Last Enchantments. You can read that post here. Then I discovered that the author Charles Finch is on the list of …

books

Enchanted By Coming of Age Novels … Whatever the Age

I love coming of age novels. Especially ones which make me feel that life is worth living. That we will struggle through difficult times, but afterward find ourselves remade better, stronger, smarter, more self aware, less self destructive… happier, maybe. …

life

The Years of Living Dangerously… 10 Death Defying Feats We Performed in Our Youth.

I know it’s not intuitive that I (a retired English teacher) might have lived dangerously in my youth…but it’s true. Because we ALL did. I grew up in the late 50’s and 60’s … I was a teenager in the …

fashion

Desperately Seeking Sandals

Whoopie… it’s truly spring! As in the weather is finally warm enough to wear spring clothes without extra layering underneath. And it’s finally warm AND dry enough to wear sandals!  We live in the country. So in early spring when …

life

Treasure Hunting

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about family, about my grandmother and my mother and my stepfather. I’m not entirely sure why. It’s partly that spring always makes me nostalgic. And it’s partly because we are undergoing some home “improvements” …

books

The Wild and Wonderful Consequences of Reading

I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t read … and I mean read for pleasure, not for work or for school or for the purpose of navigating everyday life. In a wonderful Penelope Lively book …