Christmas at Hycroft Manor – A Photo Essay

  Have yourself a merry little Christmas Make the Yuletide gay Next year all our troubles Will be miles away… Hycroft Manor is a 30 room mansion originally a family home. Built in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood in Vancouver in 1909, it now houses the University Women’s club.  Every year they do Christmas at the Hycroft, a…

What I Loved In October

Last night we turned our clocks back and as I write this the sun has long set. I served dinner at 6:30, the city sparkling outside the windows, candles burning on the table. It really feels like the dark half of the year now.  A storm came in yesterday and dumped 75mm of rain on…

Weekday Journalling: Halloween fun, Arroz con Pollo and Christmas Carols?

I haven’t written in days.  I started 2 blog entries and jumped ship.  Writers block. No inspiration.  I guess being home with a cold doesn’t help. My energy levels are low and even the smallest tasks take effort.  Today the proverbial clouds cleared and although my dry cough persists my brain isn’t fogged over. Wish…

My Fall Movie List

Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.  I really appreciate living in a place that goes through all 4 seasons. I enjoy them for the individual experiences they bring. I…

What I Loved In September

Today is October 1st and as in Northwestern fall fashion, the fog and rain greeted me as I pulled back the blinds this morning.  Oh how I love October! The following are the things I loved in September.   Autumn Nightly Baths I think the thing I most look forward to with the coming of…

Home Sweet Autumn – Weekend Journalling

Autumn winds begin to blow , coloured leaves fall fast and slow. Whirling, twirling all around, till at last they touch the ground. September is an unpredictable month on the coast.  2 years ago we were sun tanning on the beach in 24 degree weather very near the first day of Fall.  This year the…

Mexico – A Photo Essay

We just spent a wonderful week in Mexico.  We stayed at the Riu Palace Pacifico and were surprised that our upgrade meant the penthouse suite; a two storey suite with a jacuzzi tub inside as well as another on the rooftop patio via a spiral staircase with domed ceilings painted like a starry night sky. …

What I Loved In August

The sun is shining brightly through the windows, even as it nears setting.  September first arrived and the temperature dipped noticeably.  We were up at the house in Cultus Lake this weekend.  Every year my fiancee’s family spends a week at the “cabin”, a palatial home built with the true feeling of the Pacific Northwest…